Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Production Upgrades

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Wireless Lavalier Microphone

I recently upgraded my video production equipment to include a wireless lavalier microphone (lav mic) and an external monitor.  I purchased the lav mic for dialogue segments only to reduce/eliminate reverb (which was a big problem for me).  I have both my wireless lav receiver and my shotgun mic camera mounted and I can easily switch between them depending on what I’m shooting at the time. For woodworking steps w/o speech I’ll use the shotgun mic.

External Monitor

A while back I purchased an external monitor for playback and for setting up shots, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to use it until now.  I needed a good way to mount the monitor on my crane. Initially I tried mounting the monitor on top of my camera, but this produced too much weight which needed to be counter balanced at the other end of the crane.  I could easily counter balance the weights fine, however the large weights on either end of the crane created too much camera shake (it took too long for the camera to stabilize after moving it).  I decided to instead mount the monitor at the fulcrum of the crane so that the weight of the monitor would not be a factor.  This required me to purchase an HDMI coupler to connect the video out from the camera to the center of the crane using an additional HDMI cable; the HDMI cable travels through the top square tube of the crane.  An added benefit of the monitor is that it has an audio out jack for headphones which will enable me to monitor the audio from the wireless system for any problems captured during dialogue.

Just like my woodshop tools, my production equipment continues to evolve.

Shop in 3D

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

I love creating 3D images.  It’s incredibly easy to do and a lot of fun.  I made a tutorial a while back that you can use to create your own (requires Photoshop).

Go grab your kid’s 3D glasses and check them out.  Want to see more?

glasses Plane_3D
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More Camera Crane

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

I upgraded the tripod to a heavy duty tripod that I use to hold a telescope.  I don’t use the scope very often, but when I need the tripod for astronomy it’s easy to disassemble.   I modified the bar that holds the counter balance by using a piece of cherry.  The cherry bar can slide in and out in order to balance the camera.  The camera and crane assembly are completely balanced now and will rest unassisted in any position.  I am digging this thing.   This is going to be useful for interesting cinematic style swooping and panning shots.