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Old March 21st, 2003, 05:24 PM   #1
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Home-made dv matte box

was wondering if anyone know of any links to sites that have drawings/plans on building a nice matte box for dv cameras? Thanks
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Old March 22nd, 2003, 03:38 AM   #2
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Hello Charles !
Nice to see you here (seems we all end up on dvinfo.net)...

As it so happens there is an article on a home-made DV matte box right here on this site:
http://www.dvinfo.net/dvarticles/production/berube1.htm

BTW: Do you have any news about Ron Peperkamp? His webpage is down and I can't seem to reach him.

Oh, and I have another exclusive for your website: a very nice looking new little stabilizer from the famous company Beaulieu. I haven't tested it yet but should be able to fairly soon.

In french:
http://www.beaulieu-images.com/fluidcam.htm

In german:
http://www.beaulieu.de/pages/fluidcam.html

Very good price, too (compared to GlideCam in Europe).
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Old March 22nd, 2003, 04:15 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply Steven. I'll check the links you posted. No. I too have been trying to get in touch with him but to no avail. His e-mail is also not valid any more. I'll get back to you.
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Old March 22nd, 2003, 04:35 AM   #4
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Steven, I must have missed something but there is no how-to article or plans at the link you gave me.
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Old March 22nd, 2003, 04:49 AM   #5
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Sorry, you're right. I confused two links.
I know I saw a page with plans very recently but I just can't seem to find the link again right now...
Maybe someone else has it. I'll keep looking.
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Old March 22nd, 2003, 04:56 AM   #6
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Maybe it was this article (from the original DIY series):
http://www.super8mm.org/pdf/v9n1.pdf

A bit old but I can't seem to find anything else in my archived links right now.
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Old March 22nd, 2003, 04:58 AM   #7
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Thanks. I'll keep looking
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Old March 28th, 2003, 08:41 AM   #8
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Hi Charles!

So, is it done, yet? The matte box, I mean!

Actualy, just wanted to say "Hi!" to an old friend! :)
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Old March 28th, 2003, 08:47 AM   #9
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Hi there Cosmin. Cool to see you here as well. Yep, almost done. I'll post it on the site when it's done.
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Old March 29th, 2003, 01:30 AM   #10
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Here's the link to the my homebuilt/kitbashed mattebox cosmin:

http://homebuiltstabilizers.com/mattebox.html
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Old March 29th, 2003, 03:39 AM   #11
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Looks cool!
What did you make the bellows out of and how long did it take?
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Old March 29th, 2003, 05:13 AM   #12
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I got the bellows from a photography store that sold it to me cheap. So that part was not that hard to put together. Like I mentioned it is a kitbash/homebuilt model. The 'flags' were taken from an old spot-light. I sand-blasted the parts after long hours of removing the paint, which were terribly stuck together and spray-painted it a base color before painting it black. The flags could have also been made from thin aluminum sheets which is easier to cut into profiles.
I incerted new screws making the flags easier to adjust. The rod that the flags are attached to are pre-bent for that rectangular look.
The black Mask at the front end of the matte box was done from cutting out a thin piece of poster board bought from a stationary store. I had to lend support to the entire box by attaching a 2mm steel plate under the camera that holds both the matte box and the camera in place for more studiness. So there you have it.
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Old March 29th, 2003, 07:13 AM   #13
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I'm impressed, that looks great - very professional looking and well made. You could probably sell it and get a good price too. About how long and how much did you invest to create it?
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Old March 29th, 2003, 07:23 AM   #14
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Yup, great design as usual, Charles ! :-)

(You might want to change XL-2 to XM-2 in your text or else you'll probably start yet another rumor and get inundated with email asking you about it ;-))

One question though, does your design allow you to change the distance between the lens front and the filter? And if not, aren't the bellows mainly cosmetic?
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Old March 29th, 2003, 08:34 AM   #15
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"About how long and how much did you invest to create it?"

Thanks for the kind remark Christopher. I invested about a 100 dollars. Not bad considering what those professional ones cost. It took me two days to make. If I want something, I want it now. :)

Steven-Marc ,

"(You might want to change XL-2 to XM-2 in your text or else you'll probably start yet another rumor and get inundated with email asking you about it ;-))"

I was referring to the XL-2. You probably misunderstood the sentence. I was referring to the pic of the XL-2 mounted on a handheld support grip like the link below: http://www.cavision.com/Mattbox/for_canon.htm

...and yes Steven-Marc, the distance between the lens front and the filter can be adjusted.
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