Archive for the ‘iDevices’ Category

DIY Camera Jib Project 2: Dogs Ever Vigilant

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


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 from 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 (available for around $10.00), and used a iPhone adapter and an 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.

Bloomfield Middle’s Video Fast Forward

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET


About an hour southwest of Lexington, Nelson County’s Bloomfield Middle School is a good example of effective application of multimedia technology. School Library Media Specialist, Susie Pozgay, who also serves as the School Technology Coordinator, does a fine job of supporting students and teachers by providing opportunities for students to participate in video production. Susie uses available equipment and software effectively, all the while keeping abreast of developments and planning to integrate new tools. Support from Principal Jim Beavers helps move it all forward. Principal Beavers quickly impressed us as an administrator who clearly has his faculty and students’ welfare foremost in mind. He’s aware that multimedia tools and resources can be used in many ways for student project-based learning, and it was a pleasure for me and for KET education consultant Larry Moore to hear of his interest and enthusiastic support for how Ms. Pozgay and others of his staff use multimedia resources in their teaching.


I met Susie Pozgay at a KYSTE (KY Society for Education Technology) annual conference in Louisville recently, where we discussed school video production and resources. Not long after, she brought her school news team students to KET for a free video production workshop in our KET Media Lab at the KET Network Center in Lexington, presented by KET’s Larry Moore. We like to share what schools are doing in multimedia production so we decided to visit Bloomfield Middle to see for themselves.

Currently, Susie coordinates the production of a daily morning news show that originates from the school library and is shared with classrooms over the school’s Channel-One tv system. Channel-One installed a lot of video distribution systems and tvs for free in schools across Kentucky a few years back, with the stipulation that during the day students would watch the Channel-One news program that includes advertisements for products aimed at student consumption. In addition to free tvs and distribution equipment, many schools quickly saw the opportunity to use the a/v inputs of the Channel-One a/v distribution box – usually located in the school library or a/v distribution equipment room – for distributing school-produced video productions over the system by attaching a camera’s a/v outputs to the Channel One box.


Students involved in the Bloomfield Middle morning news program cover all of the basic tv-production jobs including writing and editing, presenting, camera, audio, switching, set design, and more. PowerPoint slides are created and edited by students serve two purposes: 1., They’re used as teleprompter text for the news “anchors” as they read the announcements for the day and share special notes and feature stories; 2., the PowerPoint slides are then set to display repeatedly over the the school’s tv-system channel to tvs in rooms around the school. Students edit the PowerPoints at pcs, also accessible over the school pc wired and wifi networks –Ms. Pozgay showed us how she can access the PowerPoints for editing from an iPad and its Splashtop remote pc connection app.


Susie hopes to soon add a second video camera, an a/v switcher, and other gear for two-camera productions, and is planning more video projects for students to take part in.

Down the hall, science teacher Jennifer Logsdon introduced us to some of her students who made a video illustrating their “Rube Goldberg” do-it-yourself-from-found-parts project they designed to throw a switch. Making the video was part of the project and we saw it projected from the connected Apple iPod they shot and edited the video with.


Ms. Kim Goff, language arts teacher, has also included video production as a multimedia resource in a public service announcement project on student bullying, which was recorded and edited on an iPad.


Larry Moore and I were very impressed with Bloomfield Middle School’s use of video production and other multimedia resources as tools for student projects. We look forward to seeing more from them soon.


Apple iPad – A new way to experience the web, email, videos, photos, e-books, newspapers, games, and more

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by Jeff Gray, KET

Now this looks like a fun and useful new “tool” … the Apple iPad.  Check out the info. and videos at Apple to see if you aren’t also intrigued by this gear that promises fun new ways of accessing, viewing, and sharing media.  It should also be of great interest to schools as textbooks and other printed resources move to electronic devices.  Pricing is based on the amount of flash memory installed: $499.00/16GB, $599.00/32GB, $699.00/64GB for the Wi-Fi models; and $629.00/16GB, $729/32GB, $829/64GB for the Wi-Fi + 3G models.  Availability is to be by March, 2010.  Apple has a sign-up page if you’d like to be notified of availability by email.  Wanting, but maybe I’ll wait for v.2.

Update, 7/24/12: I’m now using an iPad, v3, and am very excited about the possibilities for its use as a video production tool for education. Blogging about that soon.

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