Friday, January 27, 2012

DIY Shotgun Microphone Mount - $3.22

So here it is, probably the most professional looking DIY mic mount you are going to find.  On top of that, it is easy to make and cheap!

Here is a few photos to lure you in, Muahaha!

DIY Hot Shoe Adapter

Hello again, this posting is on how I made a DIY hot shoe adapter...or cold shoe. 

Whatever you want to call it.  This build will probably cost a couple bucks or perhaps $5 to $6 if you buy baggies of parts, but then you should be able to make at least four of these.  The key part to all of this is the 1/4" T-Nut.  Normally it is tipped with four spikes, but it turns out perfect if you break those points off that the base of the t-nut will slide right into the shoe mount like it were shaped like a square.

Along with the t-nuts you will also need a length of 1/4" threaded bolt.  The length simple depends on how long you want it as you will be cutting the head off the bolt so it is straight threads.  You will also need 5/16" washers, 7/16" nuts, 1/4" nylon lock nuts, and 1/4" wing nuts.

Basically you will end up cutting the bolt to the length you need, threading on the t-nut to the bottom of the cut threads, then on top drop on your 7/16" nut, then washer, thread on a wing nut, then thread on a wing nut facing the other direction.  It should look like this.

In the video you will see me explaining how to do this but I show you what I did to keep the threaded bolt from spinning inside the t-nut and also what you can do so you may attach this to a quick release plate!  So now you have a 1/4" thread on top so you may attach something like a portable audio record to the top of your camera or anything else you may wish to.  Now if you are wondering what the lock nut is for here is how I used this idea for my DIY shotgun mic mount.

Friday, January 20, 2012

$20 DIY Fig Rig Cube with attachable shoulder Supports!

Hey everyone, I have developed a DIY that will help protect your camera, is a fig rig, is a dual shoulder support stabilizer, and is designed to allow attaching your camera strap to it.  It is what I call the Cube.  Since I started getting into filming videos and what have you I have probably seen almost every diy camera stabilizer on YouTube.  Now of course their are a variety of designs but every single design had its flaws....I don't like flaws.  I fix them.  With regular one sided shoulder rigs its obvious, the whole rig is held awkwardly to the side of your body.  People try to make up for this by adding rails, extended handles that come across their chest and weights.  Which is really unnecessary.  Fig rigs are just odd and in the shape of a huge steering wheel.  How many do you know of that you can just set on the ground when you are tired of holding it?  Finally, non of these rigs protect your camera.

So I took the collective flaws in these and removed them by creating a dual shoulder rig with removable shoulder supports.  Thus leaving me with a fig rig cage that I could set on the ground, hold it any direction I desired to shoot, and could even let it hang from my neck if I chose to do so.  While this is truly a simple rig to make the only issue was figuring out how to glue everything in a order that was simple to follow and left me with even and straightly glued pieces.

Now this rig is pretty robust with its uses by design but obviously any rig like this, such as a shoulder or fig rig, will never match the smoothness of a glidecam or merlin.  But will definetly get the job done and much better than without one.

If you are deciding on whether or not to build this and have watched my demo short of me using this.  You probably noticed that it appeared shakier than others.  There is a simple explanation for that.  Most people in an attempt to "sell" you there idea to build and share will use a wide angle lens combined with image stabilization built into the camera/lens.  Resulting in a very smooth image which is deceiving.  I wanted to break that mold by showing you what it would look like with a 80mm (50mm x 1.6 crop ratio of T3i) unstabilized lens.  If you are wondering how could a wide angle make a difference, its simple.  Try looking at THIS word.  Now kinda bob your head around.  It appears still perfectly readable and not much motion is occurring.  Now cup your hand to your eye and make a hole just big enough so that you can once again see THIS word and bobble your head again.  And now you know...the rest of the story.  That's the difference.  So if you thought my video looked pretty good, imagine what it would like look with a wide angle lens and image stabilization on.

Ok, enough chitter chatter, I give you the tutorial!  Its long, but not everyone follows along at the same pace and catches everything the same as others.  So I tried doing the best I could so that all could build this.  As a side note I used a crappy hand saw to cut my pipe just to prove that it is possible to use the bare minimum and still have a great looking product!  Good luck and PLEASE comment below, thank you!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DIY Camera Cube Rig - Demo Short

Hello everyone, today I would like to share a demo short I made up using my camera rig I designed.  Expected cost of the build is probably around $20.  For the short I used only my 50mm 1.8f lens.  I also used absolutely zero image stabilization in camera or software.  This was filmed with me running in big boots through crunchy snow and on uneven ground.  I wanted to make this short a challenge for me using my rig since I think anyone with a lens like this will agree that getting running shots while simply holding it makes for some awfully shaky footage.  The actually DIY itself will be released soon but thought I would share this portion now since I had completed it.  Enjoy, comment, share and subscribe!  Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Most Anticipated Movie of 2012 - Short Skit

Updated:  A short 10 second skit I put together for Film State on YouTube. My most anticipated movie for 2012!  This was a simple submission video I made real quick for Ryan Connolly of Film State / Film Riot.  He simply wanted to know what our most anticipated movie was going to be for 2012...Of course I don't know the meaning of simple!  Oh and as a side joke, his last episode he did this had No girls in it at all.  Maybe this will be his first!

But the movie I am waiting to see is "Act of Valor."  Which according to Ryan was shot with about 80% DSLR!  They even used LIVE AMMO and a rocket launcher!  Check it out and watch their trailer here:

My skit is on Film State!!  :D  at the 12:30 mark!  W00T  Check it out and Thumbs up the krotoflik comment below to help it get noticed.  Thanks!