Quick Lighting + Motion Control Test

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Did some quick lighting & motion control tests with my DIY KinoFlo's and edelkrone equipment to see how it performs on product close ups. The PC is just a placeholder therefore I didn't cleaned it and it's of course full of scratches.

Finished hardcase with custom foam inserts

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From the AutoCad drawing to the finished product. Everything looks and fits perfectly. This is how my finished knockoff Pelicase with the custom foam inserts for my edelkrone video equipment looks like in reality. Thomas Forster from "www.schaumstoff-inlay.de" did a great job on the cnc cutting.

(Product shots & Design by Daniel Schweinert ©2015 SCHWEINERT.COM)

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Custom foam Inserts for my edelkrone equipment

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Today I've designed my own custom foam inserts in AutoCad for my cheap knockoff Pelicase. Now my edelkrone equipment is safe and it looks more impressive when carried around. The knockoff hardcase is actually a gun case I've bought for EUR 95,- from ebay. The external dimensions are 1140x420x150mm. Here's the link to the gun case: "Wasserdichter Kunststoff Waffenkoffer"

Thomas from "www.schaumstoff-inlay.de" based in germany is cutting the custom foam inserts on his CNC-Machine for me. If you have problems creating a technical drawing, he can also do the design as well. Ask him for a quote he has very reasonable prices and I can really recommend him!

Pizza cardboard viewfinder for BMCC / BMPC4K

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Yesterday we shot outside in sunny daylight with the BMPC4K and of course I couldn’t see anything on the touchscreen. (And no there was no budget for a SDI viewfinder). Therefore I’ve quickly built a super duper viewfinder from a pizza cardboard. It looks really shitty but it works great! It is collapsible and has also a Swing-Away technology to easily access the touch screen :-)

Heres the link to my PDF tutorial and DXF file if you want to build one too:
PDF BMCC / BMPC4K pizza cardboard viewfinder
CAD DXF file

Sony Cyber-shot F828 IR Magnet Hack in 2 seconds!

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I needed this camera today with IR mode on full manual control but it was of course locked by firmware in Auto-Mode when switched to Nightshot. Aaarrrgh!

After thinking about how the internal mechanism could work I've opened it and found out how to easily move the IR-Cut filter from a Sony Cyber-shot F828 and still have full manual control.

A tiny electromagnet inside the camera controls the IR Cut filter when switching to Nightshot mode. I've marked the position of that electromagnet on the housing. Now if you take a small but strong neodymium magnet you can control that electromagnet from outside and switch the IR Cut filter on and off in seconds.

Turn the dial on your F828 to Manual mode and use that neodymium magnet to turn off the IR Cut filter. Voila you now have infrared mode with full manual control!

Btw. this hack works on the Sony Cyber-shot F717 too. Click below to see the full post. Read More...

Built myself some professional DIY KinoFlo's

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In the last few days I've built myself a couple of 4ft 4Bank professional DIY KinoFlo's for an upcoming shoot. I improved the original design by integrating the fixture inside an ultralight Flightcase. This makes them very portable an no bags are needed anymore. Here are a couple of snapshots I took with my phone.

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5D Mark III RAW Video CompactFlash to SSD

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After searching for days I’ve found a promising adapter (pdf datasheet FB4658 VER:1.1) that could work with a special SSD that has an IDE/ATA port already integrated. This adapter is sold in germany through the company ES&S Solutions GmbH. I’ve asked them already and Im waiting for a response. The SSD is an OWC Legacy Pro SSD 2.5“ IDE/ATA and they claim on their page it’s very fast with Read: 285 MB/s / Write: 275MB/s. It is available in sizes from 60GB - 480GB.

In theory this would be fantastic because the CF controller inside the 5D Mark III maxes out at 167 MB/s and this will be sufficient to capture the RAW video data even at higher resolutions than FullHD. I still don’t know if this whole concept will work and also if the adapter pins support UDMA. These CF to IDE adapters are used in embedded PC systems. So if someone has such an adapter please try it out and let me know. Btw. this IDE/ATA SSD needs of course external power.

Alternative Way capturing 5DM3 RAW Video Maybe

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Just exploring new ideas and developing concepts on how to alternatively capture 5D Mark III RAW Video to SSD. This concept is very broad and applies to all cameras on the market because they work more or less in the same way. Faster and bigger CF cards are coming out soon but the CF controller inside the 5D Mark III is still limited to max. 167 MB/s. Until then Im thinking on how to get to the RAW stream inside the camera the easy way (maybe without opening it at all). I still don’t know if the HDMI LSI is directly behind the MPEG CODEC IC.

It might be a long shot but maybe there is a way to redirect the RAW data to the HDMI OUT port on the camera. I can imagine that Canon faced the same problem redirecting the uncompressed 4:2:2 signal to HDMI with their new firmware 1.2.1.

5D Mark III RAW Video to SSD bypass CF

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III can record super high quality 14bit RAW video! This is so AMAZING! I can’t believe it. I knew it all the time that Canon, Sony, Panasonic and other companies are playing games on us by crippling their products intentionally to gain more profit.

Now that Magic Lantern team made the impossible possible (Thank you guys! You’re amazing!) getting super high quality RAW Video from a Canon 5D Mark III we need to find a way to store that huge amount of data. It works with 1000x CF cards but there are still dropouts. Trying to store the data directly to an OWC Mercury SSD bypassing the CF card. When faster cards are available this bulky setup will be obsolete anyway. Still not done yet.

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Need more info about the electronics in this camera. Please contact me if you have the Canon 5D Mark III Service Manual

The Perfect Cam Paradoxon Because Of Profit

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I need to blow off some steam. Just thinking out loud:
I'm getting tired of the camera manufacturers (and other companies too) releasing a huge amount of new electronics & camera bodies in a very short period of time with intentional weaknesses - just to release slightly improved models next year to make more profit. I mean WTF? It's already getting out of control. Am I the only one that is observing this?

Fire all those managers and let the engineers use the electronics to their fullest potential and deliver QUALITY again, like in the old days! We need no stinky intentionally crippled firmware or new flashy camera models with crappy codecs and subpar resolution. Better give use some upgrades to get the best out of the excellent equipment we've already bought. Canon unintended is doing a step forward with it’s free firmware (uncompressed 422 HDMI out). Though they said at the release of the 5D Mark III that the electronics are not capable of giving out uncompressed 422 over HDMI but MagicLantern kicked their arses so they have to do something. I wish there would be more reverse-engineers turning our electronic products in tools that work like advertised!

To start somewhere:
I wish someone high up the food chain would take the strengths of the Black Magic Cinema Camera like 2.5K 12-bit RAW, ProRes422, DNxHD and add these to the strengths of the ridiculously overpriced Canon C300/C500.

DIY Portable Camera Crane

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Inspired by Martin Roberts I’ve built my own version of a portable camera crane using a leg from an old tripod (SLIK 88N) that fits in a small leisure bag. The setup is really quick and easy, done in under one minute. It’s stiff enough to support a camera up to 1200 grams. For the center pivot Im using a swivel caster with ball bearing to get smooth motion. You can get them at any home depot. The cost for the parts were around 30 EUR. (I had already two old tripods sitting around in the garage.) The crane has a range of 1.40m (total length=2.10m). With the tripod fully extended I can go as high as 2.80m and in most situations this will be more than enough.

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