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Old June 11th, 2004, 01:17 PM   #1
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Home Made Diffusor's

I was wondering has anyone made any homemade diffusor's lets say for their video light's such as the Sony HVL-20 series or the Canon video lights. And if so what material do you guys use?
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Old June 11th, 2004, 05:06 PM   #2
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I went to a local craft store, and found 8x10 sheets of a plastic material. 1 type is a frosted white and is heat proof the other is a sort of frosted clear material, thicker than the other but not heat proof. I cut the sheets into equal sizes to fit my light and sandwiched materials together. I made 2 different "softboxes" 1 with 3 pieces total, 1 with 2.

For the light you are using I would start with one piece and go from there.

The other alternative would be to get a piece of 'Tuff Spun' and tape it on the light.

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Old June 11th, 2004, 11:28 PM   #3
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It's not too difficult to fix a 35mm filter holder (the type used for stills lenses) to the front of your light. allowing you to just drop in the filters you need at the time.
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Old June 11th, 2004, 11:51 PM   #4
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All good suggestions!

In terms of plastic material (such as Don mentioned) what you're looking for is called Mylar. It's relatively heat-resistant and quite durable. You can generally find it in either sheet or roll form at art supply stores, particularly those that carry drafting supplies.

In a pinch you can just go to a grocery store and get a roll of baking paper. It's cheap, very heat resistant and, when placed in front of a light, does a respectable job of softening!

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