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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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Jacob Mann on 7D, rigs, filmmaking

For this month’s article, I thought it’d be nice to interview an expert in the field. Jacob Mann was a good friend of mine growing up and now freelances for a living. I wanted to pick his brain a little, so why not come along with me as we explore the world of freelance video with Jacob Mann.

GF: Jacob, I’d like to welcome you to the Toolkit. You and I go way back. We both were missionary kids in Chile. We went to the same school. We had similar interests in music and basketball even. I never would’ve thought back then that we’d both be into video production now. How is it that you first got interested in this field?

JM: Well, I was always exposed to the broadcast side of things. Growing up as missionary kid, I was always around radio broadcast, as the ministry began
growing, they started adding live sound for concerts, lighting, and video. So being the Pastor’s kid, I was always there at every function. My buddy Job Alonso was always shooting fun little videos and movies, and then editing them old school style using VCRs. He actually really got me excited about it. With the
ministry side of it, and shooting skate videos with Job, then fast-forwarding a few years later I realized that I’m somewhat good at this, I like it, and I can
make money doing it. So why not!

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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.

Rode Lavalier Product Demo

After waiting months to get mine, here’s my first experience with the Rode Lavalier.

Fall Festival Highlights

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

We had our Fall Festival at church recently and as always I throw together a little highlights video.  For this video I used my new Canon EOS 7D with a Canon 50mm 1.4 fs lens.  It was so bright I had some trouble seeing the LCD screen and focusing.  I haven’t bought a viewfinder addition yet.  I had to play with settings a little but still had over-exposed footage that I tried to fix in post.  It’s amazing what you can do with a flat video with a simple levels adjustment in After Effects!  To steady the shots a little I simply held it in my hands but put the strap around my next and held it out to where the straps were taut.  I haven’t bought a HDSLR Jaybilizer for it either yet.  I went through all my footage this way and then threw it into Premiere, added music and edited to the beat- everything from cuts to flying or bouncing balls.  I tried weaving a bit of a story.  The dunking booth served as bookends and the tricycles were a theme recapitulated (sorry had to get that word in).  Of course at the end is the message of why we put the Festival on, and that is that Jesus loves YOU!

New Lens and DOF test

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Here a new test of that famous switch the focus effect (focus pull) with the Canon 50 mm f/1.4 lens. You can hear my son wanting to play with the neighbor, but we were leaving to try out the camera (Canon 7D) and the new lens. See previous post for a Slow-mo test.

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Slow-mo and Color Correction Test

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Just a quick little test, first thing I’ve really done with the 7D. I realize my focus was off a bit. It was a bad time to shoot (the sun’s position). You can see a big change from the flat straight out of the camera shot to the color corrected version. This was done in After Effects with levels and curves. The slow-mo was done by taking 60fps footage and importing into After Effects into a 24fps composition and the a time stretch to 500% and turning on frame blending and motion blur. Gets me excited to film stuff!

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