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How To : See through people's clothes with a video camera

This video tutorial teaches you how to see through clothes using a blank roll of film and any video camera that has night vision. You won't see people completely naked, but you can see undergarments and the "shape" beneath...If your imagination just isn't cutting it anymore, c ...more

How To : Build a homemade steadycam camera stabilizer

In this video tutorial, you'll see how you can build a homemade steadycam camera stabilizer for under fifty bucks. This is more specifically how to build the JayCam MkII Merlin-type camera stabilizer from Jay Shaffer. He demonstrates how to use inexpensive parts to make a vers ...more

How To : Use auto exposure on a video camera

Want to move quickly from indoor to outdoor shooting environments without having to futz with the manual controls on your video camera to adjust for the disparate light levels? If so, you should give your camera's automatic exposure feature a whirl. For more information on usi ...more

How To : Simulate a dolly shot with just a camera tripod

brusspup has tons of ingenious tips and tricks for everybody! In this video tutorial, he shows you how to simulate a dolly shot with just a camera tripod. Want to make your videos look more professional, but don't have the money to spend on an expensive dolly or crane? Film e ...more

How To : Shoot sunrise or sunsets on video

It's very hard to capture a sunrise on camera. Yes, you can get a general feeling from a single shot: the hazy, blue-orange rays of light peeking through the clouds in a sunrise or the crimson red streaks of sun dappling darkening skies in a sunset. But to truly capture a suns ...more

How To : Do a simple dutch angle camera trick with a tripod

MatttChapman shows you how to add a simple dutch tilt to your filmmaking bag of tricks. Tripods conventionally only pan and tilt, but this trick adds an extra dimension. All you need is a tripod and a camera! It's just a matter of messing with the base plate to get this simple ...more

How To : Set up a stable car mount for your camera

One of the problems with car mounts for film cameras is avoiding harmonic vibration and keeping your shot steady. This tutorial shows you how to make your own camera mount that will shoot stable, clear footage as the car drives.

How To : Build a camera jib crane

In this DIY video, we show you how we built our camera crane. This was all done with a table saw, drill and hack saw. Parts for the crane: Lazy susan Boards Nuts & bolts Screws Old clothes hanger Old tripod Aluminum strips Equipment used: Sony HDR-HC3 Camcorder Sony Playstation

How To : Use an external monitor with a camcorder

In this video from lunawebs we learn how to use an external monitor with a camcorder. The best way is to use an HDTV and use your HDMI output on the TV. The sound can also come through the monitor if you have a headphone port on the monitor. If you want to go outdoors, it will ...more

How To : Make your own affordable underwater camera rig

Want to film underwater, but can't afford the expensive professional camera rig? This tutorial shows you how you can construct your own functional underwater camera rig for about sixty dollars. You will need: small ankle weights, threaded seal tape, waterproof sealant, Velcro, ...more

How To : Improvise your own camera dolly

Need a camera dolly but don't own one? Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to improvise your own camera dolly with just some household items at your disposal. To use this makeshift camera dolly, you'll need a tripod with supports.

How To : Build your own ten foot long camera dolly track

Need some smooth pan shots for your indie film? How about a cool dolly zoom effect? Well, you don't need to be a professional filmmaker to use such a device, but you do need the money for the gear. But—if you can work your way around the workshop, you can probably build your o ...more

How To : Frame and compose a shot for film

What makes a good movie good is that it is both aesthetically pleasing and has an interesting point/plot. This video runs you through how to make it visually effective, stressing how you frame and compose a shot. While the Rule of Thirds is forever a great way to make shots in ...more

How To : Create a Detachable DIY DSLR PVC Shoulder Rig

This video is going to teach you how to Create a DETACHABLE DIY Pvc Shoulder Rig Video: . Parts List: 12x T Joints 2x Stoppers 7x 90 Degree Joints 4x 45 Degree Joints 1x Conduit Box 20x 1 inches 2x 3.5 inches 1x 5.5 Inches 1x 6.5 inches 2x 3 3/4 inches 4x 9.5 inches

How To : Use a 16mm Bolex camera

Watch this video series for a tutorial on using the various features of the Bolex 16mm camera. Part 1 of 6 - How to Use a 16mm Bolex camera. Part 2 of 6 - How to Use a 16mm Bolex camera. Part 3 of 6 - How to Use a 16mm Bolex camera. Part 4 of 6 - How to Use a 16mm Bolex cam ...more

How To : Build a guerilla-style camera dolly

MatttChapman shows you how to build a guerilla-style camera dolly to add to your filmmaking bag of tricks. This guerilla dolly is so simple, made with a rain gutter and cover from a local hardware store. This is ingenuity at its best. Don't spend a ton of money for a dolly to ...more

How To : Make movie rain without getting wet

In this tutorial, we learn how to make movie rain without getting wet. First, you will need to get a garden hose that has a spout on it and few pieces of PVC pipe. Connect the pieces of PVC pipe together, then stick the head of the hose to the pipe. Keep in mind that you will ...more

How To : Make your own Spider Trax dolly at home

Don't spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive Spider Trax dolly when you can make your own at home for just a few dollars and an hour or so of your time. Make sure you build something that will work with your own camera!

How To : Setup your RED ONE project settings & format media

Before you do any shooting on the Red One Camera, you must set up your project settings and format your media with the settings you plan on shooting with. 2K, 3K, or 4K and your FPS must be set or face bad consequences when you go to edit this footage. Thanks to Indie Rentals ...more

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