DIY Camera Jib Project 2: Dogs Ever Vigilant

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

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Here’s our latest assembly and video test of a camera jib support, based on the online Oliviatech build that’s been enhanced with useful directions, diagrams, and parts lists by The Basic Filmmaker. See also our earlier DIYcamera jib project, a DIY camera slider project, and a simple camera stabilizer project.

This version was pretty easy to put together. School staff should be able to assist students in building it easily and it will help students understand and make lovely crane-type camera moves as seen on tv and in film productions. Be sure to wear protective eyewear when cutting, drilling and filing, and remember: cut aluminum is shaaaarrrrp, as I found out when my pliers slipped and I gouged a finger. Before assembling, file-off any sharp edges of the tubing; the metal is soft and it’s easily done. Also be careful of the tiny metal filings that accumulate around the workspace. Wipe the filings off of the parts before they make it into an eye. This would be a great shop-related project, or a special project for other classes such as, “Explorations in Fabrication of Education-Related Camera Support Equipment”…

Most of the parts were from a local hardware superstore. I followed the Basic Filmmaker’s suggestion and ordered the aluminum tubing online already cut to size. Had to search a bit further for the nylon flange bearings but found them on amazon.com from monsterfastener.com. You may be able to find all of the parts locally at hardware and auto parts stores. Check the helpful directions for parts specifications.

Once the jib was assembled I mounted an inexpensive but solid little quick-release camera plate found on amazon.com (available for around $10.00), and used a Fitsanycase.com iPhone adapter and an iOgrapher.com iPad adapter to shoot test video. Thanks to KET’s J. R. Pemberton, who kindly cut and drilled the aluminum tubing and angle stock, and to Bill Osborne for his helpful assistance. Check out the The Basic Filmmaker for a very thorough project overview and jib project plan, then build one with your students or for yourself and have fun making those special camera shots that add so much to a video production.

Metcalfe County Students Visit KET for iPad Video Workshop,Tour

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0037aAn eager and lively group of intermediate-to-high school students from Metcalfe County visited KET for a Media Lab workshop in iPads for Video Production and a tour of KET’s multimedia production center. All had participated in a local district video project to feature their schools and were rewarded by a trip to KET in Lexington.

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See the Metcalfe County Schools Community Education web page for a look at the collected student-produced videos from the Metcalfe County Film Festival.

Here are three short videos made by the student group during their 1.5-hour introductory workshop to video production using iPads. The first video is an iMovie “trailer” example. The other two use built-in iMovie themed templates for graphics and music. Metcalfe County’s student and teacher group learned basic iPad video recording and iMovie editing quickly. Everyone had fun and they plan to make more student video projects with their school iPads back home.

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If you’re within driving distance of Lexington and would like to bring your K-20 students to KET for free tours and workshops in multimedia production, please visit our KET Media Lab page to see what’s available. Then contact Jeff Gray, KET Education Division, at jgray@ket.org; 800-432-0951 ext. 7263; 859-258-7263. You’re welcome to bring lunches and eat at KET if you like. To help pay for bus travel some schools have applied for U.S. Dept. of Education Gear-Up grants. See our school Multimedia Education Resources page for more information and projects.

Garrard County High at KET for Greenscreen Workshops and Tours

Monday, April 28th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

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Garrard County High School students visited KET with their multimedia class teacher, Tina Brogli, and their STLP coordinator, Virginia Thomas. Together they explored the chromakey “greenscreen” effect for video productions using small-format camcorders and video editing software. Afterwards, they toured KET’s multimedia production center.

If you’d like to bring your K-20 students to KET for free tours and workshops in multimedia production, visit our KET Media Lab page to see what’s available and then contact Jeff Gray, KET Education Division, at jgray@ket.org; 800-432-0951 ext. 7263; 859-258-7263.

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Here are two before-and-after newsroom video tests they made using greenscreen.
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Free video news background courtesy http://movietools.info.


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