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Old 03-01-2013, 11:56 AM #1
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Questions about filming paintball

My high school paintball club wants me to come back so i can shoot and edit together a promotional video for the club at their next outing. Before I commit to doing it I have a few questions about using DSLRs on the field. I have been playing long enough to know that it doesn't matter how clear you are when you tell someone that you are going to be reffing/observing/filming and ask that they not shoot you, you are most likely at least going to be shot at. Is there any way to prep a DSLR (I have a Canon T3i) to take a hit without spending a fortune on a housing for it? Also, I know that a lot of people now are using mounted camera like gopros to film video at fields, but a camera and tripod is a bit different - would filming this way require permission from a field owner?
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:25 PM #2
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Just get a paintball box and cut a hole in it for the lens, and just ask the ref, they shouldnt care if you film.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:22 PM #3
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Buy a cheap ammo box at local sporting goods store (ie dicks) and cut a hole in it and place a piece of plexi glass. Ammo boxes are built to take a beating, your camer isn't
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:44 AM #4
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A couple of ways to do this. For a DSLR, the most practical way to stabilize is a monopod. Smoother shots when following a moving person, as well as quick displacement when needing to move yourself. As for protection of the camera, the monopod is useful as well. A box will be needed (about the size of a paint case). the open top side will be your access point. Cut a hole in the bottom (formerly the side) of the box just large enough to put the monopod through. Secure the box to the monopod with ducktape, zipties, etc. Make another hole for the lens and then the DSLR should then be secured to the mount on the monopod, obviously facing the hole. Keep in mind the type of lens you use.

Another, bit more pricy, is creating a frame from PVC pipes and cardboard. I'd refer to a youtube video for that. Its a mix between making frames, and then improvising as you go along. But remember that you'll need to incorporate the tripod or monopod in the design.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:38 PM #5
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you def want to protect the lens, you dont want to get a direct hit on them. I know theres types of protective filters, but i haven't look into yet.
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