What is this thing called?

1/4" - 20 Camera Bolt, Nut, Whatever it's called  Check Nut, Knurled, 1/4-20, Steel


I recently had the problem of trying to find one of these things that screws on to a camera shoe-mount. I went into numerous camera stores, pointed to the part and asked what it was called and if I could just buy that part. Nobody could tell me what it was called and in all cases I would have to buy a $10 to $20 shoe so I can just get one or two of these pieces. I needed at least 5 of these. I couldn’t even figure out what to google.The only thing I knew for sure was that the thread 1/4″ – 20 (this refers to 1/4″ diameter and 20 threads per inch).

 Shoe Adapter with 1/4"-20 Stud Connector
Why does this thing cost $18.95 at B&H???

I found that searching with google images helped narrow down the search. I finally found a company called Drillspot that sells a “Check Nut, Knurled, 1/4-20, Steel“. Bingo. I would prefer them to be a bit wider but this will do.  I also found another company that sells plastic versions in bulk. They are cheap but too small to really use in this context.  I ordered a few of the steel nuts for my project. Yeah, shipping on these adds up but that’s how it goes. Buy them from Drillspot.com here.  I’m sure you can find these elsewhere. Good luck!


What’s in a thumbnail?

Dogs in Cars Thumbnails

Mia from Dogs in Cars by Keith Hopkin

I recently wrote an article for a company called Neon who is working on the science behind thumbnails.

Neon builds on the perceptions and brain responses of everyday people watching video. We model how the brain perceives images and can predict which ones people will prefer.

This is something I’ve been thinking a lot more about as I post my own videos to different sites including my own.

Read the full article and learn more about Neon


Doritos Crash The Super Bowl 2013

I’ve been entering the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest every year since its beginning. This year I teamed up with Harvard Sailing Team‘s Clayton Early and Sara Talyor. Once again Dave McGrath at Production Junction took charge of the production on and we came up with the following two spots.


“Puppy Pen”

Watch my submission from last year which was a nod to Nickelodeon’s YCDTOT.
“Secret Word”