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Video Gear: Toss These Handy Clips In Your Bag

January 5, 2012 by  
Filed under All Posts, Equipment, Video Production

Here’s a piece of video gear you can find in your local office supply store. I’m talking about clips! Watch the video where I talk about:

  • The type I use;
  • What I use them for;
  • Why some are types are more preferable than others.


Acco Binder Clips


4 Responses to “Video Gear: Toss These Handy Clips In Your Bag”
  1. kwkeirstead says:

    Great tips. I have used clothes pins, and the metal spring clips but you reference to the ‘battery cable’ style is spot-on. I will be adding a few of these to my bag.

    I did not invent the use of construction lights but after starting to use these 2 stands x 4 x 300 watts each, I found that clothes pins were handy to put up laundry “Bounce” sheets on the construction lights. All you have to do is add more sheets until you get the right level of diffusion. I have no clue what the color temperature of the end result is but will eventually get around to researching this.

    I really don’t like the friction tripod heads – they seem to have a starting friction that is different from what it is once you get going and they seem to give a jerk when you stop. Sort of resorting to the use of an elastic band to dampen the movement (I saw this somewhere on the Internet)I expect I will have to break down and buy a Sachtler ACE which apparently has a fluid head.

    All in all who wants to pan and tilt anyway?

    The proper solution IMO is something like a tablet pc where you roughly draw an arc to where you want to go and lasso the desired target area you want to be your full screen – a servo should reasonably be able to do the rest including zoom and focus.

    Does anyone know of gear that does that?

    • Rick Smith says:

      Thanks for commenting. I’ve considered things like the “Bounce” sheets but worried that they would catch fire when they get too hot. Not a problem, it sounds like. There really is no reason not to use those inexpensive work lights as long as you can diffuse them a bit and then white balance to them. They are quite inexpensive and durable. This year I spent about $850 for a set of five large fluorescent soft boxes that are daylight balanced. I love ’em but the bulbs are expensive at $20 each and I consider them somewhat delicate.

      A really well executed pan or tilt is a nice effect if not overdone, but it is difficult to get a smooth start and stop on inexpensive tripod heads. A good fluid head is the way to go.

      • kwkeirstead says:

        A “well executed pan/tilt” for me is heavy lifting.

        What we need IMO is a generated smooth arc trajectory combined with a zoom/re-focus – lasso a target area and have a software system guide you there so that as you arrive the zoom/focus is right for the target area.

        Going out to get to where you would be able to identify a target area that is not in the current view would need a second camera.

        So, what I would like is a google-like separate view where you can point out a target area and have the heavy lifting mostly automated.

        Of course, the likely outcome is making movies probably would no longer be fun.

        Surely this type of navigation system already exists but I have never seen it.


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