Kipkay's Video Tips & Tricks




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Here are 5 easy and cheap tricks for anyone who uses a camcorder. Total cost for all 5 is under $10!

Step 1: Tip #1

Pick up a cheap rubber doorstop at your local hardware store or grocery store (about $2) This little handy guy works great under your camera for low floor shots. You can adjust the height of the angle just by moving the camera forward or back on the doorstop!

Step 2: Tips #2

Buy a pair of 'nude' pantyhose ($.99), or slip some off of your wife or girlfriend. After cutting a small square, you can strecth it over your lens and hold it with a rubber band. This is a great way to create a soft focus effect!

Step 3: Tip #3

Never use duct tape to hold down cables or power cords when shooting video. It makes a big mess. Here's the alternative. Scotch Blue painters tape (appox $3) works great because it is designed to hold tight and also made to be removed easily!

Step 4: Tip #4

A crooked tripod means crooked video. Unless you have a fairly expensive tripod, there's no way to tell if you are shooting level or not...until now! I found a cheap ($1.65) bubble level at my hardware store and using double sided tape, I mounted it to my tripod. Now I know what's on the level!

Step 5: Tip #5

A tripod you can put in your pocket? Pick up an eyebolt ($.35) and a length of bungee cord (also cord shock cord, $2). Make sure you get an eyebolt that has the standard thread of a camera. Either bring your camera with you or find another bolt to match the threads at the store. Tie the bungee to the bolt, screw the bolt in to the tripod mount on your camera and stand on the bungee cord! Now you have a cheap 'steadyshot'. Hope you enjoyed these 'instructable' tips! Happy shooting!



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    49 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Kipkay you are awesome I love all of your videos


    3 years ago on Introduction

    These tips are amazing!!! I am thinking of setting up a Youtube channel like yours because of the inspiration and confidence you've given me. What program do you use for the intros on your videos?




    5 years ago on Introduction

    The rope and eyebolt trick sounds great, do you have any tips for steadying while moving?


    11 years ago on Step 5

    I would caution that despite it being a good idea for an impromtu steady shot, one must be careful as it doubles as a sling shot that would send your camera hurtling towards your feet if ever dropped. yikes!

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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    Definitely put the camera strap around your neck first - and maybe tie a loop in the other end of the bungee cord to slip your foot into so it doesn't dislodge when you move your foot and fly up to hit you in the face;P

    This is a great idea tho (don't have a bolt handy so I may try putting a loop at the top to put my hand in, to steady it - or a couple of loops at different lengths to use for shots at dferent heights) :)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    so for tip 5 wouldn't it be a little embarrassing to be taking a shot and have the camera slip and fly towards the floor with a bungee cord aided fall


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Most camera tripod sockets are "1/4 20", meaning 1/4 inch in diameter, with 20 threads per inch. That last number is important so you don't strip the threads on your camera. Fortunately, that's a pretty common size for nuts and bolts in hardware stores, so you can make all sorts of rigs. Some bigger cameras use a larger size, but I don't remember what it is. Something like 5/16 inch, but more than likely you won't have to worry about that.

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    10 years ago on Step 5

    very good stuff thanks before i die i want to make a film and a album this info was awsome


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice tips!

    Do you happen to know what the thread of a tripod mount happens to be?

    Here is my easy tip: If you don't have a fluid pan head for your tripod and you want a nice smooth pan, there are two simple things you can do to get a nice pan shot.

    • I find that many cameras don't like to pan smoothly when you have image stabilization turned on. So turn that off.
    • Your neck is a great fluid pan head on your body tripod. Hold your camera along the side of your head or on top of your head and make your shot. You should be able to do the pan with your head and it will turn out nice and smooth. And it is quite a bit cheaper than a good fluid pan head for your tripod.