Monday, October 29, 2012

Recap Q&A Still on Vacation: Links Below!

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Shooting beauty with Home Depot florescent tubes

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

Guide to turning your garage into a studio for under $500

DIY umbrella mount hack for worklights

Smartphone as DSLR monitor & mount

Tip: Airsoft bolt action rifle prop

What is dynamic range?

Digital Prism 7" LCD TV monitor ($47) review

41.99 iPad/tablet stand

24fps or 30fps - frame rate?

Chromo 160 LED video light - dirt cheap

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tip: Airsoft Bolt Action Rifle Prop

In a second tip episode this month I look at the UHC Super 9 Bolt Action Airsoft Rifle. I'm currently working on the student film December 1982, as a production designer. The script specifies a bolt action rifle and I found one on Amazon for around $60. That price may seem steep (for a spring rifle), but this rifle does its job as a prop pretty well, due to some nice included extras and a little modding.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Recap Q&A Out to Lunch, See Links Below...

ASP Vlog: Sima Quickonnect alternative

Monopod Dolly Shots

Canon T3i drops to $499 (body only) on Amazon

Creating planets with dry ice bubbles

YouTube Networks: An Inside Look At Their Unsavory Business Practices

Make your own camera bag or insert

Olympus Zuiko 50mm 1.8 on Canon T3i

Zoom H1 Special Edition Handy Recorder - White!

Digital Prism 7" SD monitor - $47

Nanguang LED Video Light (and cold shoe mount)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nanguang LED Video Light (& cold shoe adapter)

Today, a simple review. I needed a video light for an upcoming wedding I'm shooting, so I went looking. The light had to be dimmable (so I wouldn't blind people), run on batteries, be somewhat small, and have a way to mount to my PVC Stabilizer Rig. The Nanguang fit the bill and I found a cheap hot shoe adapter with a 1/4" thread that allowed easy mounting on my rig.

Nanguang 5400K LED Video Light
Harbor Freight Tools Worklight/Flashlight
Hot Shoe Mount Adapter

Monday, October 15, 2012

Recap Q&A: Video Gear Storage Ideas?

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Quick Release Showdown

Azden EX503 lav mic

Audio-Technica ATR3350 lav mic

The film financier's dilemma

Samyan 35mm t1.5 VDSLR lens review

DIY track dolly

$30 DIY video monopod (with feet!)

Azden EX503 review (cheap lapel mic)

The videographers guide to music videos

$1 Budget: Cord, Mirror, Dip!

How to place a lapel or lavalier microphone

Educational resource books for cinematography

Canon PowerShot SX 40HS

Canon a1200 Powershot - $80 (great entry-level cam)

Review - Canon 200EG camera bag

Review - Nikon G adapter for Canon EF and many more

Petition against potential LED light monopoly

New DIY motorized cam slider

Thursday, October 11, 2012

$1 Budget: Cord, Mirror, Dip!

No, it's not a new dance move. It's stuff I've cobbled together this past month that you might find useful.  Today's show is simplicity itself: a cheap extension cord (green!), an mirror for talent use, and a can of rubbery goo that you might need to goo-ify something metal like a spring clamp.

Tip: Extension Cords (and how to coil them)
Dimmer Switch for $7.25
Plasti-Dip at Home Depot

Monday, October 8, 2012

Recap Q&A: Battery Powered Lighting?

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Canon EF 50mm f1.8 review

DIY Farnsworth (steampunk communicator) from Warehouse 13

CatClaw Junior follow focus review

I worked for free, now where's my DVD?

$35 DIY slider

Tip: extension cords (and how to coil them)

Realistic homemade blood that sets!

Free scary music during October

$2 DIY camera stabilizer from Harbor Freight Tools

How to build a rain machine

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder for $70

Learn how to create practical effects on a budget

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tip: Extension Cords (and how to coil them)

Everyone needs an extension cord (or "stinger") or two when snaking power from a nearby wall outlet. These come in several shapes and sizes and today I share a few of my own and my DIY method of storing them. Something else everyone should know is how to properly coil a cable. If done wrong, you end up with a snarled mess when you try to use it. If done right, the cord will always fall away from itself properly, allowing instant use. The technique for doing this is easy to master, but might be something you've never heard of.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Recap Q&A: Screenwriting Tips?

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Celtx, free screenwriting software

"Save the Cat" by Blake Snyder

Canon T4i review

Operation Frugal Crane

Vacuum forming on zero dollars

Vintage Lenses for Video

ThinkTank Airport Essentials Backpack review

How to build a doorway dolly

Shot List: The Kitchen

Directing actors on set (not really)

$38 light kit

Room tone

How to get audio in on the Sony NEX-5

How to test a DSLR camera lens

Awesome mini ballhead tripod mount

Free white balance card

Panasonic GH2 drops $20 in price

Best large sensor cameras for video


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