Posts Tagged ‘Video’

If you’ve been following some of the video tutorials we’ve had here at DIYP, you probably noticed the skateboard dolly that was featured here a few weeks back.

Photographer and videographer Martin Taylor shows us how to build a much fancier dolly which is partially based on a skateboard. This dolly however, is smaller (will fit on table), has a head mount that can support an SLR and can be set to move in circles. It’s all Martin from here. [read]


Because the only permanent solution is to actually change the levels and save out a new version of your audio and video, we’ll take a look at that first. This process can involve re-compressing your already compressed audio, which means quality loss is inevitable, so unless you’re working from high quality sources you may want to avoid this option. To do this, you need something that can process audio and boost the levels. Free software like Audacity can easily normalize your levels, but if normalization isn’t cutting it and you need to compress the dynamic range you’ll need something that can apply a compressor or limiter. Audacity has a compressor and, chances are, you have other software that has somewhat more complex options as well. [read]

You should never try to be better than someone else. Always learn from others and never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s under your control. If you get too engrossed and involved in things of which you have no control it will adversely effect things of which you do have control.

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.

Ever since Sir Vincent Laforet got his hands on that prototype 5D Mark II and shot his “Bad cologne ad” “Reverie” the industry has been swarming with talk of DSLRs. How good they are, how bad they are, and how they are a revolution. Well as a DSLR shooter myself, I’m here to question that notion or at least understand the direction of the revolution. Are we calling these cameras the future or are we calling the innovation the future? Do we envision Christopher Nolan and Spielberg using DSLRs or do we envision them using smaller more efficient film or DCS’? Can a 2400 dollar stills camera possibly become more viable than a 100K dollar film camera? Would the market allow for such a stark price gap between two devices that to most people produce work of similar quality? [read]

Watching Chase Jarvis talk in-depth about his workflow and backup strategy has me pondering how to fill in the holes. It may not be fun, but it’s vital. Bits are so ephemeral.

Read the awesomely detailed blog post on Chase’s website:

Announced at the beginning of February, the 18-megapixel Canon EOS 550D (marketed as the EOS Rebel T2i in North America) is the successor to last year’s 15-megapixel 500D / T1i. Putting aside the increase in pixel count, the 550D / T2i offers a 1,040,000-dot LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2, a 63-zone metering sensor – identical to the one used in the higher-specified EOS 7D – subtly redesigned controls, standard ISO settings of 100-6,400 (expandable to 12,800), simplified Live View focusing and an improved video mode featuring 1080p Full HD recording at 24/25/30fps and 720p HD capture at your choice of either 50 or 60fps, with full manual control over exposure and gain. Supporting SD, SDHC and even SDXC memory cards, the Canon EOS 550D / T2i is currently available priced at £699.00 / $799.99 for the body in the UK / US, respectively. [read]

Twelve-year-old Greyson Chance made internet waves when a video of his performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a sixth grade talent show surfaced on YouTube. The clip, which was posted three weeks ago, has gathered more than 20 million views.

The internet is a helluva drug, though. Those 20 million views led to Chance getting contacted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose show he appeared and performed on only a week after the video went viral. He was invited back May 26, where the big announcement was made: Ellen DeGeneres was starting a record label called Eleven Eleven, and he was going to be her first artist. In addition to the signing, Chance received $10,000 and a new piano from Yamaha. Talk about winning a talent show. [read]