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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp9IV2t483Q

Review: LCD viewfinder for $13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kgTAd-hgr0

Azden EX503 omni-directional lav mic
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BSMKPY/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B000BSMKPY&adid=03DAW298J66Q9V44NTCY&

Audio-Technica ATR-3350 omni-directional lav mic
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002HJ9PTO/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B002HJ9PTO&adid=0SDWH548P55PZS7GNR7D

Radio Shack tie-clip omni-directional lav mic
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102927

49 awesome photography hacks
http://www.diyphotography.net/49-awesome-photography-hacks-mods-and-diy-projects

The most important stuff you can know about digital video
http://www.redsharknews.com/technology/item/533-this-may-be-the-most-important-stuff-you-can-know-about-digital-video

Watch 15 GoPro cameras add bullet time to everything
http://mashable.com/2013/03/17/gopro-bullet-time/

Frugal follow focus for $15
http://filmflap.blogspot.com/2013/03/frugal-follow-focus-for-under-15.html?spref=fb

Digital Bolex at SXSW
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmfccHmsJJg

Underwater camera housing made from flashlight
http://youtu.be/s8FIzXq-LoQ

How to better fit lens adapters
http://youtu.be/sf-PULOfopE

Bullet time with a single GoPro
http://hackaday.com/2013/03/20/bullet-time-with-a-single-gopro/

4 TB external USB drive for $150
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00829THLE/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B00829THLE&adid=1WBBQ3QHS7H7NETJA35V

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
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0321413644/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=0321413644&adid=063NPGPE6W639WZH93QG&

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder
Black: http://tinyurl.com/ccgt79z
White: http://tinyurl.com/c7zorwf

XLR-PRO XLR adapter/mixer
http://signvideo.com/xlr-pro_xlr_adapter-audio-mixer.htm

Zoom H1 field recorder setup
http://filmflap.blogspot.com/2011/06/zoom-h1-field-recorder-setup.html

Sub-$100 Portable Digital Recorder Roundup
http://filmflap.blogspot.com/2011/06/sub-100-portable-digital-recorder.html

Smooth Slow Motion (using Sony Vegas)
http://filmflap.blogspot.com/2011/06/smooth-slow-motion-using-sony-vegas-pro.html

7 filmmaking tips from Danny Boyle
http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/sxsw-7-filmmaking-tips-from-danny-boyle.php?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sxsw-7-filmmaking-tips-from-danny-boyle

$25 shoulder rig using a gorillapod
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lutc5tXM9c

Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800
http://www.borrowlenses.com/?blpid=thefrugalfilmmaker

Nikon V1 - shooting 4k 60fps RAW for $200
http://www.eoshd.com/content/9806/nikon-v1-shooting-4k-60fps-raw-for-200

Learn for a lifetime, not a product cycle
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/theblackandblue/~3/epEtJE7BhBg/

Audio - setup and comparison
http://youtu.be/UVhYe0tTlHA

DIY PVC shoulder mount rig
http://youtu.be/J-SeMRd38rA

Cheap indoor dolly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8dk8fbffjU

Creating time lapse videos from photos with Sony Vegas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewoF1HTcpFI

DIY filter adapter from a large sponge
http://www.petapixel.com/2013/03/15/make-a-diy-filter-adapter-for-your-lens-using-a-large-sponge/

John Sayles on writing
http://youtu.be/smDXevsKd7Y

Understanding hard light and soft light
http://nofilmschool.com/2013/03/basic-lighting-lesson-hard-soft-light/

Find the perfect lighting gels with these pocket guides
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/theblackandblue/~3/JEU-Ar89b3w/

Review: LCD viewfinder for $13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kgTAd-hgr0&list=UUvsCvArJ8fI73NeKAOJKbyA&index=1

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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VvJB2RT3xc

Tip: External SD monitor battery
http://filmflap.blogspot.com/2012/09/tip-external-sd-monitor-battery.html

Raynox HD-6000 Pro Wide angle lens (58mm thread)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00009UTK2/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B00009UTK2&adid=02XTHSMTEJEKN798FJDA&

XLR-PRO XLR adapter/mixer
http://signvideo.com/xlr-pro_xlr_adapter-audio-mixer.htm

Knots for grips
http://howtofilmschool.com/knots-every-grip-should-know/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=knots-every-grip-should-know

DSLR Video Shooter's top 5 film tutorial websites
http://dslrvideoshooter.com/my-top-5-favorite-film-tutorial-websites/

Battle damage painting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpvCGEOWlm4

Some sound advice on making an independent movie
http://fstoppers.com/some-sound-advice-on-making-an-independent-movie

LED tip: create focused spot light
http://cheesycam.com/led-tip-create-focused-spot-light/

Awesome table dolly from Amazon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxejjbKWfG4

DIY ball bearing camera slider build
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVp3Sur_pzE

Crowdfunding links
http://undergroundfilmmaker.blogspot.com/2013/03/crowdfunding.html

$10 Budget: Handle Bulb Pen Protector!
http://youtu.be/_fJe6DLJrX4

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
Part 1: http://tinyurl.com/2wbvc4n
Part 2: http://tinyurl.com/27682ec
Part 3: http://tinyurl.com/32anya2

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0090XWZB0/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B0090XWZB0&adid=0DE6KKMQ8SMPDVQDBR4Y&

Pluraleyes free trial
http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/pluraleyes/

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Update with Dan May
http://news.doddleme.com/equipment/doddle-talks-tech-blackmagic-update/

Cheap alternative to fisheye lenses for GH1/2
http://youtu.be/AHond74Cn4k

DIY Steadicam parts list
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI2ybfuzb_M

Sima Quickonnects back in stock at Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006JQ6C/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B00006JQ6C&adid=0YN6C43AEY3V53C9QB5G

How I filmed a feature length cross country cycling documentary on $2500 with no assistants
http://fstoppers.com/how-i-filmed-a-feature-length-cross-country-cycling-documentary-on-2500-with-no-assistants

Review of the SteadyWheel camera stabilizer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUvq1gDd1DM

Gear review - Velbon D-500 tripod
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_97cNbi-zw

Ten reasons why you need a nifty fifty (50mm lens)
http://dslrfilmschool.com/ten-reasons-why-you-need-a-nifty-fifty/

Vivitar 67" monopod - $9
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003WPTBAK/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B003WPTBAK&adid=0Q8SAAN01F3CKDEQF4D4

Make yourself a cheap distressed canvas background
http://fstoppers.com/make-yourself-a-cheap-distressed-canvas-background

Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder - $219
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QWBM62/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B001QWBM62&adid=1VF2X10P7QQSFT89EYCX&

Spreadsheet template makes call sheets and producution reports fast, easy and free
http://nofilmschool.com/2013/03/casper-spreadsheet-call-sheet-production-report-template-free/#more-45412

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