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Archive for April, 2016

Videography with the Canon 5D Mark III

I want to record some video with my Canon 5D Mark III. I’ve done some basic experiments, but I really want to learn what the professionals do with this camera. First off, I upgraded to the latest firmware from Canon. I went to Canon’s Firmware page and downloaded version 1.3.3. I know there are some other hacks you can install on top of the standard Canon OS, such as Magic Lantern, but I’m going to ignore those for now. Updating is simple if you first install Canon’s EOS Utility app.  Vincent Laforet has been producing great visuals for many years,... [read more]


Plug Bug: Rear bearing replacement and updates

Oh, the Plug Bug! I have so much time and energy spent on this car, and it continues to this day.    In the past month, the bugs transmission has been in and out three times. This is a time consuming task; it takes me about ¾ of a day to do a transmission swap. I’ve been hearing a bad noise in the rear of the car, and I assumed it was the transmission after having so many issues with my rebuilt tranny. Here’s that setup coming out: So, I was unsure what to do, and put back in my... [read more]


LED Cyr Wheel v3: Geometric Patterns


LED Cyr Wheel v3: More photos

Spinning cyr wheel with my buddy mario.   0.4s exposure, f/2.8, ISO 100, and a light focused on me:     1/8s exposure, f/2.8 ISO100:          


LED Cyr Wheel v3: Text and Faces

Some more experimental pictures I took tonight with my new LED cyr wheel (version three!): Original source image that I’m playing on the wheel: The wheel has 806 pixels on each side, and the bitmap is 300 pixels wide, which is less than half the width of the wheel. Now I realize I need to keep the image width way less than this to be able to read text really well.   The next one is quite simple, and I just think it is funny! Source image:    I was curious about more detailed images. They are hard to see... [read more]


Corbin’s Treehouse on Facebook

I’ve succumbed to the pressures of social media and made a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Corbins-Treehouse-258636957809592/      Please like it! I’ll post things on my blog and the page..


LED Cyr Wheel v3: Test Video


Cyr Wheel App: Timeline improvements

Some improvements to the LED cyr wheel app! I am working on adding time codes to my timeline so I can more easily see the scale of things. Next will be at timeline marker, and then I need to figure out how to read some music formats and display the scale.


LED Cyr Wheel v3: Initial photos

The LED Cyr Wheel v3 is alive! A few initial pictures that I took with the help of my friend Mark from down the road. I need to do some more work on the wheel, as the voltage regulator is dying.           


LED Cyr Wheel v3: Rolling in time lapse

I finally edited some footage I have of me rolling my LED cyr wheel. Here it is!


LED Cyr Wheel v3: Custom app to control the wheel

I needed a good way to control my new LED Cyr Wheel (v3). I previously had an app that would allow me to generate a pattern sequence. I’ve been expanding on it and created an updated look for it.  The app sort of works like any video editing app. You drag items from the table on the left to the timeline on the bottom. Items can easily be adjusted via drag and drop or dragging to resize an item.  The compliment part to this is to dynamically control the wheel via Bluetooth LE. I can connect to the wheel and... [read more]


Unicycling Tesla Road Trip to Sedona Arizona

I still really enjoy mountain unicycling. We used to have an annual event in Moab called Moab Muni Fest, but the organizer decided to call it quits. People would do an informal one for a while, and this year someone threw out a new location: Sedona, Arizona! I went to college in Prescott Arizona for a few years, and did a trip or two to Sedona. I recall it being very beautiful, but it was so long ago that I don’t remember much. I have every Friday off from work (I work part time), and I decided to drive my... [read more]


LED Cyr Wheel v3: Expoy

Okay…the wheel is coming along! I haven’t posted a while — my internet was working poorly, and last weekend I went to Sedona (more on that in another post).   Notes to myself: Using the silicon 20 gauge wire for power, and 22 gauge wire for data/clock seem to work pretty well. Non-silicon melts the plastic covering when I solder, making it a pain in the ass to use.  Tap into the 5v power rail wires on the inside and pull out the wires through my hole: \\\\ I need a better battery situation. My main battery has a pretty... [read more]



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