Friday, June 29, 2012

4DSLR's Zoom H4N Cradle Review

Deejay returns with a long-awaited episode of DSLR Film Noob, since he moved into his new studio (note the different surroundings). True to form, he presents us with an in-depth review of a gizmo that gives the popular H4n audio recorder a cradle that allows for quick-release. Welcome back!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Frugal Clamp 1.5

For those of you that built the Frugal Clamp (think cheap Manfrotto Super Clamp) awhile back, you may have noticed that there was still an unresolved issue. The rubber chair tip was still getting a hole bored into it by the 3/8 screw from the lighting clamp. This led to constant replacing of the chair tip so you wouldn't scar up whatever the clamp was attached to (like your tripod). Today's video addresses this, thanks to a viewer who made a great suggestion and saved the day.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nuclear Explosion Effect!

Dave's back with another episode of Quick FX, one of his best ever. This particular episode embodies everything I love about Knoptop's style. It begins with a great, unique video tip (how to easily simulate a nuclear blast), followed by a thorough explanation. He then throws in some very funny humor and then a production tip. The end of the show is capped by a bit of clever whimsy. I love this guy!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Recap Q&A: How Do You Raise Money?

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The Frugal Filmmaker T-shirts!

Canon Refurbished Camcorders

$14 over-the-shoulder Snorricam

How to create a muzzle flash

DIY DVD packaging for "Did You Kiss Anyone?"

Backdrop crossbar DIY

10 steps to becoming mega successful in video

A new approach to financing feature films

Sima Quickonnect for $6.80

Ultimate guide to royalty-free music

Tripod Dolly

$60 DIY camera crane

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tripod Dolly

While I have made some camera dollies in the past, this one is closer to the real thing.  While a "real" dolly gives you a platform the operator can stand on, this version is made solely to support a camera tripod.  This allows you to pan and tilt while you are tracking, opening up some more dynamic cinematography.  Made from PVC (of course) and a pair of roller skates from Wal-Mart, I like this rig and plan to use it on many projects in the near future.


8x 3/4" PVC plugs
4x 3/4" PVC side outlet elbows
5x 3/4" PVC T-joints
1x 3/4" PVC pipe (10')
2x 2" PVC pipe (10')

Roller Derby Men's Cruisers or 8x skate wheels + bearings
8x 5/16" bolts, 1.5" in length
8x 5/16" nuts
8x 5/16" washers
8x 5/16" lock washers


Dremel rotary tool on Dremel Workstation
Cordless drill w/ 1/4" & 5/16" drill bits
PVC Ratcheting Cutters
Drill press vise

Monday, June 18, 2012

Recap Q&A: Would You Join a Frugal Crew?

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Knoptop uses lav as boom mic

The brightest $50 LED video light

Are you an "Indie-Friendly" director?

The best free sound effects...ever

5 useful cinematography iPad apps for filmmakers

Frugal slider dolly

Easy filter removal

Filmmaking checklist - make it future proof

3-point lighting

YouTube is exploring paid subscriptions

Internet Movie Firearms Database

Thursday, June 14, 2012

$1 Budget: Arm, Clamp, Couple!

This week we take another look at some $1 finds, probably for the last time. By "last time", I mean that due to popular demand, the budget for items featured on this show will increase (probably to $10). That way, my options will open up for more diversity, and hopefully I will get more input from those watching that may have a good suggestion or two. I'm not sure if I will be able to feature as many items as I have in the past, but it should open things up a bit.

2" spring clamp at Home Depot - $0.99

RCA 3x female to female coupler - $0.99

Monday, June 11, 2012

Should I Raise the $1 Budget?

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Make this DIY tripod dolly for $20 or less

Tip: Tripod Tricks

Easy way to protect your lenses against fungus

Manfrotto-clone quick release system back in stock at Amazon

Zoom H4n compared to the Tascam DR-100 MKII

How I produce a "Recap Q&A" episode

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tip: Tripod Tricks

In this Tip episode, I make a slight departure and looks at a few ways that I've used my tripod in an unconventional way. A tripod's typical job is to hold your camera steady while you pan and tilt. What if you could turn it into a floating, short-range dolly? A limited-space crane? A carpet slider?

All these methods (and I give credit where credit is due) are examined as I show some examples from past projects as well as some new test footage. I hope you find these tricks useful in your own projects.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Recap Q&A: What is the Question?

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Casting your micro-budget film (part 1)
Casting your micro-budget film (part 2)
Casting your micro-budget film (part 3)

Restoring 8mm home movies

The balloon cam

Thinking ahead to fix your own post

How to build an audience for your film Using YouTube

Sima Quickonncect for $6.83

Turning down work will make you more successful

12" external monitor for DSLRs for under $100

What about the Twinkie?

3 Zoom H1 recording tips I learned the hard way

Greenscreen & bluescreen paint codes

$1 Budget: Stop, Clean, Reflect!

What's Knoptop been up to?

$42 DIY soft light - no electrical wiring needed

The most disruptive innovation in filmmaking today: DIY audience building *MUST READ*

Friday, June 1, 2012

What's Knoptop Been Up To?

If you are a fan of Knoptop and his YouTube show Quick FX (as I am), then you'll be happy to know about his latest video. In it, he shares his new point & shoot camera and its video quality, his experience as an extra on a real film shoot and gives us a link to another show web show he participated in. So don't fret, Dave's been busy and promises more projects in the near future.

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