1. Project: how to make a reasonably price microphone boom pole, and at the same time a microphone handle or grip.

    Booms are rather expensive, and it is difficult to justify that cost for just occational use. However, a paint roll extender is much cheaper and used paint rollers to fit the extender are easy to come by. If you don't have one - just ask your neighbours - they probably have at least one.

    The whole thing takes about an hour to make, including time for the epoxy to set and the paint to dry - that is if you have everything ready!

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  2. Got really interested in using a glidetrack when I saw examples of use here on Vimeo. However, the price tag was not within the present video budget.

    Given the idea, and given that I usually have a few odd materials tucked away for a rainy day, I set about finding out if I could make something similar for a very low price. The result is in the video, and nothing was bought for this project making it really low price. I might later change the camera head base plate for plywood and to varnish parts to make it more weatherworthy. It is also slightly noisy, something that either could be dampened or sound taken on-camera will be affected.

    The photos show version II with an improved cart using a plexiglass base. The rail has 3 inset 3/8" nuts set in epoxy to allow easy and direct attatchment to standard tripod screws. It allows either a centered or one each end configuration giving increased stability. I've also shown direct attatchment to tripod stem with head used on the cart, or mounted on the tropod head with camera mounted directly on the cart.

    Initial tests are promising, and I'd be surprised if you won't see scenes made with this track in later videos.

    # vimeo.com/7402782 Uploaded 19K Plays 41 Comments
  3. Wanted to share the use I've found for a super clamp and articulated arm combination. It will fasten on anything it can grip and makes a nice steady hand hold. It will not replace a tripod, but it's a nice addition.

    # vimeo.com/7291970 Uploaded 7,911 Plays 11 Comments
  4. Update September 2013: What started as a hobby has turned into something pretty serious. We are readying the launch of an open-source cinematic motion-control rig. If you wanna stay up on the futue of cinematography "like" us at http://www.facebook.com/openmoco

    Click here to see my latest modification: Jib arm
    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6079/6091226379_019d2b5207_b.jpg

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6186/6091773198_b831eee47d_b.jpg

    Trolley:
    -2 Sets of Roller Blades (16 wheels/32 ball bearings) from Goodwill
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradjustinen/5882721666/in/photostream
    -Aluminum angle
    -All-thread
    -Nuts/Washers
    -Thread Locker

    Motorized Pan Tilt:
    -Meade motorized telescope arm
    -90 degree angle bracket for connecting the camera to the telescope arm
    -1/4 20 bolt/screw or regular tripod head
    http://www.amazon.com/Meade-Coronado-Telescope-Mount-Milapse/dp/B0056ZYD3O

    Track:
    Something long, straight, and rigid. Obviously aluminum is the best choice, both for it's rigidity and portability. Because the trolley is built with all-thread the width can be adjusted to fit almost any track - so you can use aluminum extension ladder or a 2x6 from Home Depot. I am currently using to two rails from an aluminum server rack. I cut some strips of perforated steel plate to attach the two rails with exact spacing.
    http://www.fullcompass.com/product/343632.html?gclid=CPWQ55vqrKoCFQFubAod7hPuXQ

    Motorized Trolley Movement:
    -Traxxas Transmitter/Receiver
    -Parallax (Fubatu) Continuous Rotation Server
    -Parallax SumoBot Wheel & Tire
    -6v AA Battery Holder (Holds Four AA's)
    I usually move the dolly by hand but for time lapse or slow movement I use a Parallax continuous rotation servo with a wheel that is attached to the trolley. The servo is control via a Traxxas radio and receiver. The Traxxas radio also has speed/direction potentiometers on it - so you dont have to hold the radio during movement if you dont want to.
    http://traxxas.com/products/parts/transmitters/2228tq24ghz2ch
    http://www.parallax.com/Store/Accessories/MotorServos/tabid/163/CategoryID/57/List/0/SortField/0/Level/a/ProductID/102/Default.aspx
    http://www.parallax.com/Store/Robots/AllRobots/tabid/755/CategoryID/57/List/0/SortField/0/Level/a/ProductID/412/Default.aspx
    http://www.ledlight.com/battery_holder_aa_1x4_with_wires.aspx

    This project contains some remixed elements from the these projects:
    DIY video & timelaps electrical dolly
    vimeo.com/9179128
    DIY Inexpensive Camera Slider
    vimeo.com/15891760

    music credits, in order:
    Ror-Shak - Interlude #1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj59p73URFw
    Pretty Lights - Forever Lost
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_XZNN1rsOM
    BT - Flaming June (Chicane Remix)'
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjtYVFXM270
    Bear Hands - Crime Pays
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97W_mgA8Ytg&ob=av3e

    # vimeo.com/25987854 Uploaded 126K Plays 27 Comments
  5. Hello, this is my Camera Slider Tutorial.

    It show you how easy it is to build up a professional slider.

    This DIY Slider is realy a PRO-SLIDER.

    Optional - you can build it up with some Mannfrotto video heads like the 701HDV and the 501HDV.

    The movie was shoot in HD with a Canon EOS 7D.

    More information about the tutorial, the costs, the stuff and where you can order it - on my website at friedhelm-fischer.de

    Best quality - when you download the WMV-File ;O)

    NOW NEW - US-STORE for the Camslider stuff at friedhelm-fischer.de/the-ff-tutorials/camera-slider-diy-tutorial

    # vimeo.com/9625381 Uploaded 146K Plays 141 Comments

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