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DIY Slider Build

I finally got around to building this slider. I think it’s been about a year since I bought some of the materials for it. I’m really not much of a handyman, so it took me several trips to the hardware store, but it’s done and here are pictures to prove it.

I will post some test footage on the blog later on. For now I’m glad to have it built.

It was quite a bit cheaper than anything you can buy, but performance will not be as good as something more standard either. Either way, I thought it’d be fun to try it out.

Here’s the plans that I followed- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybfxw8i1Qjk. I had to improvise a couple of steps. Oh, and if you want to do anything with PVC, do yourself a favor and get a PVC cutter tool!

Stay tuned for some test footage.

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DIY Shoulder mount in Action

August 10, 2011 1 comment

I spent a few minutes recently filming some of the action at our church preschool VBS. During this shoot all I used was my DIY shoulder mount with its recent modifications. It was very comfortable and easy to use. Much better than last time I used it, before the mods were done on it. There was only one problem. I thought I had glued everything down, but I missed one connection. So it, the handles, got loose and were moving around a little bit, but that’s no biggie. I’ll just get out the rubber cement before I use it again.

Here’s my quick little edit of the preschool VBS highlights and the shoulder mount in action:

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Shoulder mount DIY mods

July 13, 2011 1 comment

This is my modification to my DIY shoulder mount. I took it with me to Joplin and used it. Though I thought it was right when I glued it the first time, it wasn’t quite there. I found that I was straining to look in the viewfinder and tilting the whole rig in order to do it. Also, I had two pieces, one of which, the handles, which were moving around on me. So I decided to glue it as a whole so that it would be completely sturdy. Harder to pack now, but worth it. The handles mod was easy to do because like I said, I wasn’t glued. I just extended it out a little, because it was too close. This might help with balance, if I put a zoom lens on as well. On the second mod, I was fortunate to have enough of a piece that if I cut right in the middle of it (with that handy pvc cutter) I could connect two elbow pieces to it. This mod did the trick. I was nervous before I did it, but it paid off. Now the camera is higher and over more. No more straining or tilting. Now it’s very comfortable and easy to use.  Just need to sand it and spray paint it now!

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Next DIY project planned

Hey. Here’s my next DIY plan. We’ll see how it goes. Also I’m gonna do some mods on the shoulder mount. I’ll post those later.

These are the plans I’ll follow:

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DIY Project #dos

May 26, 2011 3 comments

Here’s my latest DIY project for DSLR video, project número dos.

It’s a fig rig. To do this I used this tutorial- http://vimeo.com/16415597. The sprinkler tube clamps were impossible to find. In the comments it was stated that these would be hard to find. I gave up and went with plan B, simply using PVC T’s in their place. Also on the top part of the fig rig I customized mine using some 90 degree elbows to extend it out slightly to make room for putting my 7 in. monitor in the cold shoe mount above the camera in this application.

The plate at the bottom was done differently than in the tutorial. I came up with this part all by myself, which for me– non build-it type guy (computer geek)– that’s a pretty big accomplishment. You can see in the pics here that I used a thumb screw with a washer and bolt. It’s fairly easy to attach and take it off using this setup.

Here are pictures in stages:

I still need to touch up some of the paint job (plastic spray paint) and add some bike handles to the side for a better grip. Since it’s all glued down I’ll probably have to cut those to get them on and glue them to the PVC.

Do-it-yourself is a lot of fun and it saves a ton of money. Check out my other posts in the DIY category. On a more serious note let me interject something here. I ended my May Article for www.christianvideomag.com this way:

Do it yourself philosophy is not always a good one. In matters such as salvation, it’s obviously an impossibility. Another area where this concept is discouraged and rightly so is in ministry, care, and charity. As I write this, my hometown of Joplin, Missouri weighs heavy on my heart. With such devastation, we cannot simply tell those victims of the single deadliest tornado in history to do it themselves. The long relief effort must be shared by concerned and generous souls. I know Joplin is a resilient town, and the body of Christ is in action in that place. However, we should not expect them to rebuild all by themselves. Any support you can give would help so very much. I plan on investing some of my savings gained by doing DIY projects, to assist in the on-going relief effort, and organizing further assistance for the cause. I know of many great places where you too can help. If you are moved to do so, email me at fish.gregory@gmail.com and I will connect you. Thanks.

DSLR DIY Project 1

May 15, 2011 7 comments

My first DSLR DIY project is a shoulder rig made out of PVC. I am not really a hands on type of guy. I’m more of a computer geek and not a builder, but I actually was able to put this together, and I’m pretty proud of it. I had my wife help me with some of the glue and stuff, but the cuts were a breeze with a $9 PVC cutter. Much better than a hack saw!  Here are the pics in a few steps:

I adapted the plans from this video http://youtu.be/sa7eeZgqRas and customized it to my liking. I made the shoulder shorter. I may extend it somehow to add weight if needed. But this allowed me to get up close to my viewfinder. I have it in three pieces right now so that it can be broken down, but I’m considering gluing it all together. I’ve done most of my shopping (twice at Home Depot and once at Lowes) for two other projects that will be blogged about once I’m done with them. Until then…happy filming!

UPDATE:  I made some easy modifications to make it better for me. You have to fit it to your liking- https://fishxpressions.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/shoulder-mount-diy-mods/. Here it is in action- https://fishxpressions.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/diy-shoulder-mount-in-action/.

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