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Steadicam Pilot BP-U conversion

Steadicam Pilot BP-U conversion

When I purchased my Steadicam Pilot it came with the AA battery option which allows you to run the sled mounted monitor using 10 standard AA batteries in a removable pack on the sled. I found that dealing with AA batteries was too much hassle, they are very fiddly to replace in the field as […]

EX1 mic holder replacements

EX1 mic holder replacements

Read any of the popular Sony EX1 and EX3 forums and you’re bound to notice that a lot of people break the mic holders on their EX cameras. I’m not entirely sure if the weak holders on these cameras are a feature to stop the camera getting damaged or a just a bad design, but […]

iPhone remote for Canon DSLR video

iPhone remote for Canon DSLR video

Can you use an iPhone to control and focus a Canon DSLR? I decided to find out if this madcap idea was possible. Let me start this by saying that I didn’t really have a need to make this work, it just occurred to me that it should be possible so I thought I’d give […]

Canon DSLR interview workflow

Canon DSLR interview workflow

Before describing my DSLR workflow for shooting interviews let me first explain why it’s worth doing all of this rather than sticking to my EX1 and making life easier. When shooting an interview with something like the EX1 it’s best to put a lot of distance between the camera and the subject and have the […]

EX1 picture profile

Here is the picture profile I use with my EX1. I have this programmed into positions 1 & 2 on my camera. Both profiles are identical except the first has detail off and the second has it turned on. Matrix=High SAT Phase=-5 R-G= 75 R-B=0 G-R=-18 G-B=-32 B-R=-27 B-G= 13 OffSet White=Off Detail=On or Off […]

File transfers & backups

File transfers & backups

My workflow for transferring the footage from my EX1 or DSLR’s to my editing machine is fairly straightforward, here’s a quick rundown of the way I handle it. I use a drobo called “videoStore” to store the source / raw footage from any shoot I do, these are not as fast as internal drives or […]

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