Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tip: Lav Mic Tricks

A lavalier (or lav) mic is great for attaching to your talent when a boom mic just won't do. They are easy to attach and conceal and guarantee a specific distance between the mic and the talent's mouth. Like anything, there are always things you can do to make the process better, and today's tip episode covers a few things that might help you out.

Radio Shack Tie-Clip Microphone (33-3013)
Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lav mic
Tie-clip mic foam windscreens (4)
1/8" stereo extension cable
1/8" stereo to mono adapter
Card of LR44 batteries

Monday, March 25, 2013

Recap Q&A: How Do You Waterproof a Camera?

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Krotoflik's DIY follow focus adapter for narrow focus rings

Review: LCD viewfinder for $13

Azden EX503 omni-directional lav mic

Audio-Technica ATR-3350 omni-directional lav mic

Radio Shack tie-clip omni-directional lav mic

49 awesome photography hacks

The most important stuff you can know about digital video

Watch 15 GoPro cameras add bullet time to everything

Frugal follow focus for $15

Digital Bolex at SXSW

Underwater camera housing made from flashlight

How to better fit lens adapters

Bullet time with a single GoPro

4 TB external USB drive for $150

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Frugal Follow Focus for Under $15

Another popular request is that of the DIY follow focus. With interchangeable lens cameras (and thus shallow depth of field) becoming so popular, it is now very important to carefully watch your critical focus. Keeping your subject in focus while they (or the camera) move around the set can be a challenge. A follow focus lets you (or your focus puller) do this job more efficiently.

The Frugal Follow Focus takes a standard follow focus gear (click here for different sizes) that is typically part of a larger system, and simplifies its use. Add to that a silicone rubber wrist band and the ever-popular C47 (a clothespin) and you’re in business.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Recap Q&A: How Do You Vlog?

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The DV Rebel's Guide

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

XLR-PRO XLR adapter/mixer

Zoom H1 field recorder setup

Sub-$100 Portable Digital Recorder Roundup

Smooth Slow Motion (using Sony Vegas)

7 filmmaking tips from Danny Boyle

$25 shoulder rig using a gorillapod

Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800

Nikon V1 - shooting 4k 60fps RAW for $200

Learn for a lifetime, not a product cycle

Audio - setup and comparison

DIY PVC shoulder mount rig

Cheap indoor dolly

Creating time lapse videos from photos with Sony Vegas

DIY filter adapter from a large sponge

John Sayles on writing

Understanding hard light and soft light

Find the perfect lighting gels with these pocket guides

Review: LCD viewfinder for $13

Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: LCD Viewfinder for $13

When shooing outdoors in broad daylight with my Sony NEX 5n, it became clear that I needed an LCD viewfinder.  These gadgets will not only isolate your screen from the sun, but also magnify it so you can better check critical focus. I was planning on making one, but that has been done pretty well by both Knoptop and Dave Dugdale. Plus, this cheap Chinese version was only $5 more than the DIY version which would have taken me longer than an hour to create and I wouldn't have saved all that much.

Of course, I couldn't use it right out of the box the way I wanted to and had to modify it anyway.  Probably spent more than an hour doing that, so while it wasn't as inexpensive as I had hoped, I still liked it.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Recap Q&A: What Camcorder Accessories?

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Frugal Crane 2.0

Tip: External SD monitor battery

Raynox HD-6000 Pro Wide angle lens (58mm thread)

XLR-PRO XLR adapter/mixer

Knots for grips

DSLR Video Shooter's top 5 film tutorial websites

Battle damage painting

Some sound advice on making an independent movie

LED tip: create focused spot light

Awesome table dolly from Amazon

DIY ball bearing camera slider build

Crowdfunding links

$10 Budget: Handle Bulb Pen Protector!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

$10 Budget: Handle Bulb Pen Protector!

Several viewers have commented about possibly changing the title of this show to showcase various gadgets without constantly going "over budget". So I have done it! Instead of trying to find individual items that float around the price of one dollar, now all the items featured in the show should be covered by ten bucks total.

This frees me up a bit (though the format or things I buy doesn't really change) to buy slightly more expensive finds without always getting buzzed for over-spending. What might change, however, is that some shows may have a bunch of cheap items or one at ten dollars even. I prefer the variety of many versus the singularity of one, but that's how it goes.

This time out,  I found a stubby but well-made camera handle that I've attached to my Frugal Stabilizer II, a lens pen for removing dust, an air pump bulb for cleaning my camera sensor, and iPad protector screens that could perform the same function on a camera LCD.

I still go a bit over budget, though if you look at the current prices for these goodies (which tend to fluxuate), I made it under a Hamilton.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Recap Q&A: What is a "Must Buy" Lens?

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Casting your micro-budget film
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Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

Pluraleyes free trial

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Update with Dan May

Cheap alternative to fisheye lenses for GH1/2

DIY Steadicam parts list

Sima Quickonnects back in stock at Amazon

How I filmed a feature length cross country cycling documentary on $2500 with no assistants

Review of the SteadyWheel camera stabilizer

Gear review - Velbon D-500 tripod

Ten reasons why you need a nifty fifty (50mm lens)

Vivitar 67" monopod - $9

Make yourself a cheap distressed canvas background

Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder - $219

Spreadsheet template makes call sheets and producution reports fast, easy and free


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