Learn a simple technique for changing the connector on a solar panel, battery pack, headphone cable, and more. Full tutorial on Instructables
In my decade of experience building with and teaching Arduino, I see three mistakes more often than any others. Beginners typically:
- bite off more than they can chew by attempting to build a project with too many elements at once,
- make incorrect assumptions during prototyping,
- and underutilize the resources available to them online.
Thanks sa_maker for the video! At World Maker Faire this year, I had the great honor of appearing on a panel about YouTube making with Caleb Kraft, Bob Clagett, John Edgar Park, Angus Deveson, and Joel Telling.
I should have been doing this waaay more often…
In this week’s project, I’m upgrading a vintage lamp with voice control using an Amazon Echo and ESP8266 microcontroller. Full tutorial with wiring diagram and code on Instructables.
I am asked frequently what equipment I use to capture and edit my DIY projects, tutorials, and videos. Here’s a comprehensive list of my current arsenal for 2017. I maintain the opinion that you can always take great photos and videos with whatever camera you have (so long as you’ve got good lighting), which has lead to some scrappy choices over the years. My goal has always been to keep my equipment within my own personal operating abilities to keep productions as lean as possible, but to be honest these days I don’t want for much. These are the carefully selected tools I’ve come to incorporate into my professional photography/videography practice. All of the practical tips in my 2014 MAKE article about making great build videos still apply, even if the equipment is different.
Panasonic GH4 – Love this camera, more than any camera I’ve ever owned! This mirrorless micro four thirds interchangeable lens camera was designed to be a video powerhouse, and has literally never let me down. The screen flips all the way around, the battery life is incredible, the programmable buttons let you customize the controls to the things you use most often, and because I still edit video in 1080 but shoot in 4K, I can crop in on my shots in the edit to improve composition and clarity. For streaming, which I do significantly less of than I used to, the GH4 outputs clean HDMI video with the option of no menu overlays (try and name another prosumer level camera that does this). The newer GH5 doesn’t crop the sensor in video mode, but for me that’s the only feature that would make a difference in my day-to-day (the improved OIS wouldn’t give much benefit to my tripod-tabletop shots). At some point I did think about getting the Sony A7Sii (performs much better in low light), but upon trying out a friend’s, it became evident that the lack of screen flexibility was a dealbreaker in my workflow, which routinely puts the camera facing straight down.
1pm PT/4pm ET broadcast of my Instructables Infinity Mirror webinar on Facebook Live! Show is pretaped but I’ll be answering questions live in the chat.