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DIY GoPro Battery Powered Tripod April 2017

by on Apr.27, 2017, under Creativity, DIY, Family, Film making

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Just a quick post to show the “rig” I put together for my daughter that wanted to use my GoPro for some Selfie stuff and time-lapse. She needed to be able to see herself using her iPhone and the GoPro app plus some extra juice to power the GoPro past 2 hours.

So using existing GoPro gear I had PLUS a small power bank, I created something in about 30mins – see below. Should be easy for her to place on any table and just run it. 

Click on the images for a larger view. 

Beto

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Sony A6500 noisy camera clip hack

by on Mar.28, 2017, under Creativity, DIY, Film making, Sony A6000

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Ever since I’ve been filming with my Sony AK series, I always get this annoying rattling from the metal camera clips that are attached to the camera. These help you keep straps on the camera but when you take the camera strap off – they rattle and the onboard microphone picks up the sound. 

I didn’t want to remove them since I only remove the strap when film by hand or on my motorized 3 axis gimbal. I had asked some photo groups I’m part of but they just said to “cut them off.” 

“Nope.”

I found this video online and it was BRILLIANT – link below. 

So basically  all you need are the “cups” of in ear headphones – who doesn’t have a spare set for smaller or larger ears? For the Sony, you just remove the plastic black part from the triangular clip and slide those bad boys on. The clips are at “attention” but don’t rattle. And you can still use my new clip system. See the pics below. Click on them for a larger view. 

Love it. 

Beto

PS – here is the Youtube  link below. He gets all the credit. 

Youtube video for this awesome idea

 

 

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Follow Focus Gear Hack – DIY

by on Jul.09, 2016, under Creativity, DIY, Movies, Sony A6000

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So I’ve been figuring out how to make a smaller video rig for my Sony A6000. I had a much larger one but thought a smaller one with most of the same attachments would work better. Here is the bigger one.

I attached a follow focus but the rubber bracelet was too big – how would I make it smaller.

A simple DIY hack. See video blow.

Beto

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Cleaning my Sony A6000 Image sensor

by on Jun.11, 2016, under DIY, Photography, Sony A6000

This little camera (my Sony A6000) has been my workhorse for a while now, during our trip to Galveston I started seeing some spots on my lens. I cleaned the lenses but they were still there. They were on my sensor. I switch lenses out quite a bit and it’s about time I cleaned the sensor. Click on images below for a larger view.

rocket_airI used my Rocket blower first then the auto clean mode but still had some spots. So I went down to my local Camera Exchange and picked up a sensor cleaning kit and voila! A clean sensor. It’s a little nerve wracking putting something inside a camera sensor but it worked.

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See the gallery below for images taken with my iPhone. Click on them for a larger view.

Thanks of letting me share

Beto

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Our DIY Voice recording booth 5-30-16

by on May.30, 2016, under Creativity, DIY, Family, Music

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My girl Emmy wants to record her friend singing to a song while importing into Garageband. She ask if I had a mic.

“She wounds me…”

So after gathering the mic I told her we should build a Voice Recording Booth to get the best sound. So we did some research, made a list, went to Target and got what we needed. Should work pretty well for a starter booth and it’s portable. Only cost us about $18. We built it in about an hour in our garage and it easily moves to her room.

I documented the DIY steps below. Click on the image for a larger view.

Beto

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