Happy DIY Friday!
This is great for anyone using lightweight, bus-powered external hard drives and who are on the run. We use the Atomos Ninja with our DSLR which has a SSD for storage. Now when we are at the coffee shop, we don’t have to worry as much about it accidentally getting knocked off the table and becoming unplugged.
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If you read our blog, you know K. Flay is our best friend… and by that we mean we’ve filmmed her a couple of times for our friends at Pandora. But anyway, we were searching for a cool DIY project for this Friday and we stumbled on this awesome series of behind the scenes/ how to’s from K. Flay’s “We Hate Everyone” video. Hopefully you’ve seen it. It features K. Flay (duh), puppets (!), and bullet time effects, which all equal awesome in our book, especially puppets.
So watch the vid above, and then learn how to make all those cool effects below.
Bullet time go pro rig:
The even made, a making of mini-doc.
We HATE dead pixels. You know what we’re talking about, those annoying little specs on your footage that come from a flaw in your dslr sensor. We do have some kung-fu to “fix them in post”, but that sucks. Render time is a black hole that we don’t like to pile on to. So when we recently discovered a dead pixel in our 7D, we hit the interwebs looking for a way to fix it that does not include losing our camera to the Canon fix it factory for two weeks.
Full disclosure, we have not tried this method yet, but this video is from Charles Trippy seems to be one the most popular solutions to fixing dslr dead pixels. We’re about to try it out. We’ll let you know how it goes.
This is a pretty in depth how-to vid detailing a DIY dolly. It comes from the 2D House Youtube Channel, so check them out. It also includes test footage, which I like. It’s nice when you can actually see how/if it works.
Oh and this is from them also, and it’s rad.
Check out this how to make a merilin like DIY camera stabilizer. It’s from youtube user PixelArtworx. He says
All parts can be separated for better protability.
It looks pretty cool. We like that the description is bilingual.
This is another great vid from Indy Mogul. It’s a DIY video light.
Griffin builds a powerful, DIY video light for $86, using hardware store parts, and eight 100-watt-equivalent compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Also discussed: three-point lighting and color temperature / white balance.
Light output: 12,800 lumens, or 13 incandescent bulbs worth of power, but uses only 184 actual watts
Color temperature: 5,000 degrees Kelvin (often called “daylight”)
Power consumption: draws 3.2 amps