Pyrex: Great for storing leftovers and capturing sweet underwater footage with your smartphone.
Open your fridge right now. How many of those Pyrex Snapware containers are in there? Well, apparently these things can do more than just store two-week-old leftovers that you know you're not going to eat. In this quick video, the team over at COOPH show you how to turn one into a DIY waterproof housing for your smartphone, allowing you to capture great underwater footage without having to drop a bunch of money on professional gear. Check it out below:
This is one of those DIY hacks that makes me realize how unimaginative I am as a creative person. "Why didn't I think of that?" I have a ton of these Snapware containers all over my kitchen doing boring things like storing my wife's lunches and last night's enfrijoladas. Dumb. With just a little bit of tape, I could've been out there in the field getting some sweet underwater footage.
If you don't have Snapware containers, you can get a medium-sized rectangle container is as cheap as $6. Personally, I'd trust this more than, say, a Tupperware container, because the lid is for real. As the name implies, the lid snaps shut around the container to create a tight seal. And, I mean, I've dropped these several times, occasionally with food inside, and not only does the lid stay put but they haven't broken on me yet. (I promise, this isn't an ad for Pyrex. I just really, really like Pyrex. Like, a lot. Is my boring-work-from-home-mom showing?)
Now, before you throw your very expensive phone into one of these things and take it for a watery spin, you'll want to make sure that whichever container you're using is, in fact, waterproof. The simplest way to do this is to place a paper towel inside of it, secure the lid, and dunk the whole thing underwater. If the towel is dry, boom, you're ready to roll. Just use some tape to keep your phone in place and get to shooting. It's not a bad DIY solution for something that many no-budget filmmakers can't/won't invest in, especially considering 1.) the price of waterproof housings, and 2.) the infrequency in which it'll most likely get used.
What do you think about this DIY solution? Do you have any cool ideas on how to create a DIY waterproof housing? Let us know down in the comments.