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35mm Lens Adapter / DOF Adapter

Posted in Film and Video by matvandenart on December 12, 2009

Someone seriously interested in film-making should consider using Lens adapters from following two sources mainly due to its quality and ease of use.

Rest of the people trying to produce decent imagery using their budget kit will appreciate following more/less DIY post:

Most of the information available necessary to construct 35mm budget lens adapter can be found on following internet address:

Daniel also created DOF O-MATIC – flash based interactive application which will help you chose and buy proper parts for 35mm Lens Adapter.

These Lenses can be also bought from following address:

Examples of Twoneil dof apaters can be seen on following addresses:

How To build static 35mm dof adapter:

How to build vibrating 35mm dof adapter:

More literate and less professional 3part set of tutorials on how to build vibrating 35mm dof adapter:


Camera Stabilization Economic Solutions

Posted in Film and Video, Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 13, 2009

Magic Arm Vest Flycam6000 Stabilizer Steadycam Steady

It increases elegance of the moving shots and increases the quality of cinematography.

The magic vest and arm displaces the weight of the entire camcorder and stabilizer combination over the operator’s body. It is light in weight, not overbuilt.

The mechanical system of a vest and articulating arm alleviates the physical stress that’s otherwise placed upon you by manhandling a stabilizer on your own. If you’ve ever used a stabilizer, it’s a great tool to have for walking shots, but even after a short time it becomes very tiring. The fatigue that’s induced by carefully holding a stabilizer and camera at arm’s length for extended periods will eventually impact your shooting in a negative way, because the more tired you become, the more attention you devote to that feeling of physical stress. A vest and arm system removes that problem, enabling you to simply “wear the camera” and go all day long.

Examples of camera stabilization in use:

Balancing the camera:


Camera shoulder support stabilizer

The double rod support used the strap system to transfer the weight of the camera to the operator’s opposite shoulder, thereby reducing arm fatigue while its single rod system provides you with the stable platform you need for steadier shots. It also have a padded base and locking tilt.


Camera Shoulder Support & Stabilizer



A compact and sturdy monopod for the Sony Z1 style of cameras, with a hinged foot rest for maximum support.

Manfrotto Fig Rig 595B Camera Stabilizer

A lightweight, hand held camera stabilizer, the Fig Rig features a “wheel shaped” design. It is the only modular system in the world to smoothly support the DV camera and act as a frame to mount all accessories, including zoom controllers, mics, and more.

The Fig Rig is the only modular system in the world to smoothly support the DV camera and act as a frame to mount all the accessories – including zoom controllers, mics, mixers, lights, monitors, arms…


Glue Pod Steadicam Camera Mount

he GLUE POD is designed to mount your small camera to outside or inside of any vehicle using very strong industrial suction cup to hold your camera. The is best setup for mounting a camera on cars, trucks, boats etc… It allows to get road/rock solid videos from the vehicle. You can take video of nature, people, sideways etc.while driving.

GLUE POD is a perfect solution for using your small video/still cameras anywhere you want. It enables the video cameras glued on any surface with the help of provided suc


Philip Bloom – Magic Bullet Looks – colour correction

Posted in Film and Video, Inspirations/References by matvandenart on November 10, 2009

Philip Bloom – Magic Bullet Looks – colour correction

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Keying and Roto integration

Posted in Film and Video, Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 9, 2009

Red Giant features three After Effect plugins for chroma keying simplification.



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Light wrapping is something everyone should know about and learn how to do. It greatly improves the quality of your compositions by making them look more believable.

In this tutorial I will show you a quick and easy way of creating great looking light wrap effect without using any 3rd party plugins (with exception of CyCoreFX which you should already have by default). The results are fantastic and you can easily compare them to many expensive commercial plugins out there that do the same thing. But that’s not all…



Color Correction – Curious Turtle

Posted in Film and Video, Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 9, 2009

Color correction can make or break your video. This set of training DVDs teaches you techniques to rescue shots destined for the trashcan. You can make your video shine.

Split over two volumes for a total of SEVEN hours of video training, Curious Turtle’s Digital Video Color Correctiontakes you from simple color theory and using the basic tools, to crafting a full color grade.

Use the techniques you learn here, regardless of which system you work with.

Color grading is the final touch you give to your footage, and it can completely transform the look and emotional impact of your video.  We like to think of it as the final loving kiss for your projects. Film Wash Color Effects is a set of filters designed with one purpose – to take your footage from the ordinary to the unique.  We’re not talking about regular, simple color correction presets  –Film Wash works in specific ways to give the video a deep, textured rinse.


Color Correction – Red Giant

Posted in Film and Video, Learning New Tools & Techniques by matvandenart on November 9, 2009
Red Giant Software: Magic Bullet Colorista 1.0


Colorista 1.0 is a powerful color correction tool with simple color wheels and basic masking. This tool can be integrated as an effect plugin into the AfterEffects. Colorista simulates the basic color corection toolset available in Fusion and other compositing packages.

Red Giant Software: Magic Bullet Mojo 1.0


Mojo 1.0  have been designed by director and technologist Stu Maschwitz for his professional work. Mojo includes library of film graded effects which can be further adjusted using the simple handler based interface.

Colour Correction Videp Examples

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LooksPack: Indie Film

Independent film director, Eric Escobar offers a collection of 20 original preset Looks. Inspired by classic American independent films, they are divided into Exterior Day looks, with selections such as Ironic Sunshine, Los Angeles, and Mumblefish; and Interior Day looks, such as Apartment in the Valley, Actor’s Friend, and Cheap Drinks.


“Color is visceral. I think of coloring as editing the hue and tone of the raw image to reveal the emotion of the frame. My goal has been to balance that emotion while minimizing process — preserving what the story needs.

Each family of Looks helps tell a common story that you will make unique when you add it to your image. Some of these looks are complicated, some are really simple. Please use them as a jumping-off point to create your own,” says Eric Escobar.

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