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Replaced my GoPro lens 5-8-16

by on May.08, 2016, under DIY, Photography, Video

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Finally got around to replacing my GoPro lens on my Hero3+. If you don’t remember, I managed to scratch it while using it to film from a RC car. See post here.

I tried to buff out the scratch using some very ultra fine sandpaper (3000 grit), followed by some toothpaste and finally cleaned it up with come alcohol but no joy. I ended up getting some JJ Abrams lens flares so I jumped online and purchased a replacement lens. Only $20.

Below are the before and after photos (after I replaced the lens) and then below that are the galleries.

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Below are the repair pics if you want to view. Wasn’t as hard as I thought. First removed lens ring, unscrewed lens, removed gasket, then unscrewed lens. After replacing the lens, I had to hook it up to my TV and focus the lens. Once I did that, I snapped the lens ring back on and we’re back in business.

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DIY Clappers

by on May.02, 2016, under DIY, Film making, Video

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So, we’re gonna start shooting a movie soon and we don’t really need a big slate, but we do need a consistent “clap” in order to sync camera and external microphone audio in post.

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Basically you need a sharp clap but not the big clapper. I could buy one but those suckers are about $45! Just for the arms!

So I made one for about $8.

Beto

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My first test with GoPro on RC car

by on Mar.12, 2016, under Creativity, DIY

Rustler_RC_Car_800X600My good buddy John let me borrow his really nice RC car. I’ve always wanted to mount my GoPro on it. Not a new thing but I’ve never done it. So during Spring Break 2016, I thought I’d try.

I have a whole long list of shots I wanted to try but I got excited and just slapped my GoPro on it and took it for a spin. I should’ve been more cautious.

Oh well, something else to do during my Spring Break. I’ll keep ya’ll posted on my progress.

Beto

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Fixing some frayed cables with Sugru

by on Feb.14, 2016, under Apple, DIY, Sony A6000, Technology

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My son purchased a used MacBook and although it was in very good shape, the charger was frayed at the base. We got a new one online but thought I would try this stuff I’d been hearing about called Sugru. It’s basically moldable putty that sticks to most stuff and then hardens to a rubber consistency. I decided to try it on his Apple charger and a lighting cable he frayed as well.

I documented it using my Sony A6000 and the Sony PlayStation Memories app. It gives me a “live view” from my iPad and allows me to take pictures. See the images below – click on them for a larger view.

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Practice Shooting 11-20-15

by on Nov.20, 2015, under DIY, Misc., Photography, PVC, Sony A6000

Went out to my buddy Mike’s place and with my other buddy, Jody – we shot some guns. Pretty cool. Plus, I got to use my PVC target stand.

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