Monday, October 29, 2012

Recap Q&A Still on Vacation: Links Below!

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Shooting beauty with Home Depot florescent tubes
http://tinyurl.com/8sdxktb

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition
http://tinyurl.com/8enh6tk

Guide to turning your garage into a studio for under $500
http://tinyurl.com/9pa3px5

DIY umbrella mount hack for worklights
http://tinyurl.com/99d7shq

Smartphone as DSLR monitor & mount
http://tinyurl.com/9mpk8yo

Tip: Airsoft bolt action rifle prop
http://tinyurl.com/8q9ma9p

What is dynamic range?
http://tinyurl.com/98ld4ly

Digital Prism 7" LCD TV monitor ($47) review
http://tinyurl.com/9vl4lpu

41.99 iPad/tablet stand
http://tinyurl.com/9jkbvh2

24fps or 30fps - frame rate?
http://tinyurl.com/8uluu4z

Chromo 160 LED video light - dirt cheap
http://tinyurl.com/9z6wugu

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
http://tinyurl.com/9qma2uz

Monopod Dolly Shots
http://tinyurl.com/8uc7qhh

Canon T3i drops to $499 (body only) on Amazon
http://tinyurl.com/8eychhg

Creating planets with dry ice bubbles
http://tinyurl.com/9ufuza5

YouTube Networks: An Inside Look At Their Unsavory Business Practices
http://tinyurl.com/9ojv7de

Make your own camera bag or insert
http://tinyurl.com/8ebkqu8

Olympus Zuiko 50mm 1.8 on Canon T3i
outside: http://tinyurl.com/8pq286a
inside: http://tinyurl.com/93pcx4w

Zoom H1 Special Edition Handy Recorder - White!
http://tinyurl.com/9em5hrn

Digital Prism 7" SD monitor - $47
http://tinyurl.com/cuxmz3p

Nanguang LED Video Light (and cold shoe mount)
http://tinyurl.com/8vzt8my

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
http://tinyurl.com/ckj8hpg

Azden EX503 lav mic
http://tinyurl.com/8ks6ssv

Audio-Technica ATR3350 lav mic
http://tinyurl.com/8f2nbec

The film financier's dilemma
http://tinyurl.com/9cxdy8a

Samyan 35mm t1.5 VDSLR lens review
http://tinyurl.com/9laggkp

DIY track dolly
http://tinyurl.com/9su3mru

$30 DIY video monopod (with feet!)
http://tinyurl.com/95ms579

Azden EX503 review (cheap lapel mic)
http://tinyurl.com/9jvf7v5

The videographers guide to music videos
http://tinyurl.com/9t3gaku

$1 Budget: Cord, Mirror, Dip!
http://tinyurl.com/8j4n4xr

How to place a lapel or lavalier microphone
http://tinyurl.com/8e34mzg

Educational resource books for cinematography
http://tinyurl.com/8h4nn46

Canon PowerShot SX 40HS
http://tinyurl.com/8dm5axr

Canon a1200 Powershot - $80 (great entry-level cam)
http://tinyurl.com/8onrxap

Review - Canon 200EG camera bag
http://tinyurl.com/8va5udk

Review - Nikon G adapter for Canon EF and many more
http://tinyurl.com/9eke4ea

Petition against potential LED light monopoly
http://tinyurl.com/9dujw3b

New DIY motorized cam slider
http://tinyurl.com/d3rpa43

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
http://tinyurl.com/9shs9yp

DIY Farnsworth (steampunk communicator) from Warehouse 13
http://tinyurl.com/8wudt4y

CatClaw Junior follow focus review
http://tinyurl.com/9rtfwen

I worked for free, now where's my DVD?
http://tinyurl.com/8couomt

$35 DIY slider
http://tinyurl.com/9k9gxvw

Tip: extension cords (and how to coil them)
http://tinyurl.com/9vjk76p

Realistic homemade blood that sets!
http://tinyurl.com/95yar7q

Free scary music during October
http://shar.es/5hBNm

$2 DIY camera stabilizer from Harbor Freight Tools
http://tinyurl.com/9yyyybt

How to build a rain machine
http://tinyurl.com/8nezc55

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder for $70
http://tinyurl.com/9tgv5fc

Learn how to create practical effects on a budget
http://tinyurl.com/8nsssdl

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
https://www.celtx.com/index.html

"Save the Cat" by Blake Snyder
http://tinyurl.com/9acwka8

Canon T4i review
http://tinyurl.com/9n42egy

Operation Frugal Crane
http://tinyurl.com/9y8xqru

Vacuum forming on zero dollars
http://tinyurl.com/8rbbeak

Vintage Lenses for Video
http://tinyurl.com/9owkvwh

ThinkTank Airport Essentials Backpack review
http://tinyurl.com/9sxwmrf

How to build a doorway dolly
http://tinyurl.com/9t98v96

Shot List: The Kitchen
http://tinyurl.com/9j7frm2

Directing actors on set (not really)
http://tinyurl.com/9ewtby5

$38 light kit
http://tinyurl.com/9kyzdsc

Room tone
http://tinyurl.com/9rmz6jx

How to get audio in on the Sony NEX-5
http://tinyurl.com/8s89cr9

How to test a DSLR camera lens
http://tinyurl.com/8z8n7do

Awesome mini ballhead tripod mount
http://tinyurl.com/9e8glkd

Free white balance card
http://tinyurl.com/8maapk6

Panasonic GH2 drops $20 in price
http://tinyurl.com/9sjneqe

Best large sensor cameras for video
http://tinyurl.com/9leksub