Here’s a nice trick I learned about when I was building an escape room. When using an Arduino to control LED tape, instead of building your own LED driver with MOSFETs, cheap LED amplifiers can be used. Here I stuck one to the back of an Arduino Nano for a super-compact driver.
Making your own XLR cables is a great way to ensure you’re getting a quality product built to your exact specifications. One you get good at making standard cables, making custom adapter cables is a piece of cake. I’ll show you how to make a standard XLR cable below. Continue reading →
Inspired by a new soldering iron and a surplus of orange LEDs, I decided that I wanted to build an LED flasher circuit. We’ve all seen two LEDs flash in an alternating pattern, but what about something a little more interesting? Oddly enough I found my answer on YouTube. Continue reading →
Gaff tape is an indispensable tool on any film set. If you don’t know what gaffer’s tape is, it’s a lot like duct tape, except it won’t leave a sticky adhesive residue, and it comes in many colors (black, however, is standard.) I usually keep two rolls of 2″ wide tape, as well as 1″ wide camera tape and 1/2″ wide spike tape with me. Camera tape has lower adhesion and is designed to tape the seams of camera magazines so that the film doesn’t get exposed accidently. Spike tape is thin gaff tape used for marking (or spiking) locations for set pieces or actors. But how to carry all of this gaff tape around? Continue reading →