Cal Wong's Upcycled Precision Video Controller Takes Electronic Trash and Turns It Into Treasure
Maker Cal Wong needed a way to control a video editing stream, and turned to a little upcycling for the cause — combining an Arduino-compatible microcontroller with an iPod Shuffle case and a foot pedal originally designed for a video game.
"[I] repurposed an old Rock Band bass pedal and an old case for an iPod Shuffle into this cute thing," Wong writes of the project. "It makes it easy to scrub through video: Rotation on the knob goes back/forward a frame; pressing down on knob scrubs through fast; a stomp on the pedal pauses/plays video."
Two of the key components are, effectively, obsolete hardware. "It keeps my Rock Band crap out of the landfill," Wong notes, referring to the foot pedal — a peripheral created for the drum kit supplied with Harmonix' Rock Band game in 2007, the last compatible release of which came in 2015.
The housing for the control knob would have been waste, too: It's the outer packaging supplied with Apple's iPod Shuffle audio player, launched in 2005 and officially discontinued in 2017.
While primarily designed for video editing — "I use it with frame.io to go through dailies frame by frame," its creator says — the project has an extra bonus feature: "It also works great as a mute pedal for Zoom," Wong notes.
More details are available in the project's Reddit thread.