Thursday, March 29, 2012

Audio Tips Revisited

A few weeks back, I attempted to create a tip episode about Cheap Audio Sweetening. Several people informed me that some of my audio information was completely wrong. Embarrassed, I asked some of these people (David Smith and Lou) to create a follow-up video and point me in the right direction. I don't ever want to give out wrong information, and would be mortified if someone took my advice and it messed up their production. Frugal should mean less expensive, not bad.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Recap Q&A: Do We Need Our Own Forum?

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DIY $5 matte box

Assassins and getting great shots

Time lapse how-to (intervalometer)

10 lessons for portrait photographers: the art of story

Bill Nunes' $1 DSLR focus puller

Using a red dot sight on long lenses

DIY apple box

DIY shoulder rig

Camera L-bracket for $9

Tascam DR-05 portable digital recorder, $81

Kitesurf camera mount

DIY sunshade - walletshade!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Frugal Crane 2.0

After a long wait, here is the update to my previous crane design. This isn't a complete overhaul, but merely an improving of certain parts to make for a better functioning camera rig. The good news is that the replacement parts cost about the same as the original ones and many parts are re-used. The bad news is that some cutting and drilling of metal is required.

Steel Tie Angle / Joist

Garage Door Pulley

Vinyl-covered clothesline

RCA 7" Portable Television

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bill Nunes' $1 DSLR Focus Puller

I forgot the channel that I was on earlier today but he had mentioned using a jar lid strap found on ebay to wrap around the lens focus gear. Thought it was a pretty good ideal. Anyway, I was standing in line at The Dollar Tree store and noticed these that would work in the same way.

Headbands - $1.00 for two!

- Heat up in water to make plastic pliable.
- Quickly dry with paper towels.
- Wrap around lens focus gear before it cools off.
- Wrap with hockey tape, etc if desired.
- If molded tightly enough then no tape is really required. Will stay on by itself.

Thank you for all that you have posted. We appreciate it out here.

Scott Sez: And I appreciate your tip, Bill! I think It's really great when we discover something cool and share it with the rest of the world. It's a large part of the microbudget spirit.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Recap Q&A: Favorite DIY Build?

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Dual Suction Cup Lifter


KV Connection's iPhone mic adapters

Hosa XLR to 3.5mm microphone adapter

Noob Shock Mount Adapter

Four goofy flowcharts to guide you through the filmmaking process

Lakshmisha B.R.'s DIY PVC Steadicam

John Moore's Sync External Audio

Jerson Kadchao's DIY FigRig

Wayne Poe's baby sock light diffuser

A fancier frugal floater

Weapon safety is nothing new

David Stembridge's DIY shoulder rig

Bill Mecca's DIY shoulder rig prototype

Terry Cheusde's crane rig

DIY catering, Part I

Olle Aranas' DIY shoulder rig

Lucas Pfaff's DIY shoulder rig

Jano Kaltenbach's DIY gun props

The $1 Budget: Adapt, Test and Bubble!

Terry Cheusde's PVC plug mount

Terry Cheusde's tabletop dolly

Phillipe Goffin's table dolly to track dolly

Terry Cheusde's duster deadcat

10 tips on producing and financing from SXSW

Michael Gutierrez' slider dolly

David Curtis' DIY rig to tripod

Spread your Avatar with Gravatar

John Chandler's cheap light stands

ReckCreative DIY Stabilizer

James Corpus' DIY DOF rig

Bill Mecca's PVC mic stand

Z Yar Khan's DIY camera slider

Free online movie scheduling software

$5 portable teleprompter

10 tips on shooting low-budget movies from SXSW

Justin Leyba's audio set up

Firat Konuslu's PVC stabilizer

Phillippe Goffin's tripod dolly

Cam Pagan's slider dolly

Justin Leyba's no-budget shoulder rig

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spread your Avatar with Gravatar

Today Knoptop shares a cool tip from the annals of Quick FX in his sub-show Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know. This time, it's a super easy way to set a custom avatar that will appear next to any comment you make just about anywhere. That way, everyone all over the world will know it's you every time you decide to grace the web with your knowledge.

What's not to like about that?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The $1 Budget: Adapt, Test and Bubble!

Three more items found for a crisp dollar may help you along your filmmaking journey. This month I look at some 3-prong to 2-prong outlet adapters, a battery tester and a magnetic level. Not what you were looking for? Leave me a comment about your $1 find and if I use it on the show I'll give you credit and send whatever traffic I can muster to your YouTube channel or website.

Cross Check Level

7 Function Multimeter

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Fancier Frugal Floater

Dave Langkamp sent me an email last week about how he had liked The Frugal Floater and had built his own. Not only that, but he had stepped up the production value on his version to include a balance arm made of CNC cut plywood all wrapped in a fiberglass resin sheet! It looks pretty great, and I recommend you check out his site to get the dirty details of this very nice recreation. Dave has yet to shoot any test footage, but his model sure hits high on the aesthetic meter.

I really like it when you guys take my ideas and add your own spin. It's what this blog is all about. Someone presents an idea and the rest of the world runs with it. It's very exciting to be a part of a community that creates and shares, creates and shares. It's a cycle I really enjoy being a part of.

If you've modified, tweaked, improved, painted or bested any of my previous designs, please send me pictures and a writeup. I would love to publish your results and send some much deserved traffic your way.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Recap Q&A: $1 Budget Ideas?

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Canon VIXIA HFR200 Camcorder $279

Vivitar Steady Pod

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

Behringer UCA 202 Audio Interface

Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lav mic

Home Depot 1/2" slip plug

Familyfirst Joe's PVC stabilizer rig

Terry Cheusde's PVC stabilizer rig

Tascam DR-40 Digital Recorder w/XLR inputs

Hector Velazquez' DIY camera crane

Ed Burns not so micro-budget after all

Terry Cheusde's Frugal Crane

DIY Filmmaker's contest #2

J Alan Meier's Universal Cell phone mount

Johnathan Cisneros' PVC dual shoulder rig

David Curtis finds waterproof tripod base

David Stembridge's DIY Steadicam

Silvio Paz Filho's DIY FigRig

Gentrit Bajrami's DIY FigRig

The Disposable Film Festival

Anre Fuentes' PVC stabilizer rig

Connor Bright's PVC stabilizer rig

Friday, March 9, 2012

Knoptop Hand Pod & Flamethrower!

While all of us may not need a flamethrower prop, it's always good to know how to build one, right? Dave is making one for a webseries he is working on, and in this episode of Quick FX, he show us his progress. Even better is his idea for a cheap and quick hand grip that screws into your camera's tripod mount. Though he doesn't mention it, the hand grip looks like one from an ice scraper and the tripod is a mini version. Both can be found at the dollar store.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tip: Cheap Audio Sweetening

Since I seem to keep recommending inexpensive lav mics (most notably the Audio Technica ATR-3350), I thought I'd do a little piece on what we can do to make these mics sound better. Some of these things are obvious, while others you may not have thought of.

If you have any other ideas, please comment below.

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Frugal Deadcat Wins!

Deejay over at DSLR Film Noob gives another of his great reviews, this time a head-to-head comparison in the field! The challenge: which deadcat windscreen works better on his Rode mics, the "official" version from Rode or the challenger from Micover? It's pretty plain that the Micover windscreen is the winner here and the price is a lot lower ($25 compared to $40). While sometimes you have to accept lower quality when saving money, such is not always the case.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Recap Q&A: What about Transmedia?

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Sony Movie Studio HD

Belizarius font

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

Jean Corriveau's DIY FigRig

Robert Benson's frugal mic stand

Foto-Fox Lee Strobist Filters / gels set review

Slow motion muzzle flash tutorial

Know your rights about shooting

The Making of "Hostages"

Rob Mitchell's camera dolly test footage

David Stembridge's DIY steadicam

Build a DIY dolly that you can sit on

Faking car motion

Cheapest boom mic on the market

Sima Quickonnect, back under $9

How to do motion tracking with free tools

Gentrit Bajrami's DIY LCD viewfinder

Lakshmisha B.R.'s DIY steadicam

Collin Baker's DIY slider dolly

Rob Mitchell's PVC mega dolly

Krisztian Nagy's ???

Wayne Poe Harbor Freight LED light test

Wayne Poe's PVC stabilizer with lights!

Silvio Filho's DIY FigRig from bike rim

David Curtis' flag pole holder light support

Ethan Foss' PVC shockmount

Amazon 16GB SD card for $15.29

Bjorn Holm's mini stabilizer

DIY FigRig camera mount stabilizer

Rode Deadcat vs. Micover Windscreen

Chris Hackett's DIY sound booth


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