Friday, February 18, 2011

Frankenrig: The shoulder-mounted, battery-powered 5DMKII

Here's a little gear porn for the weekend.  My very own 24 lb., shoulder-mounted, battery-powered Frankenrig.  So proud of my lil' monster.  We sat down with Thor to talk about his upcoming movie project.  He didn't give us much, but didn't complain either.

< Canon 5DMKII, 24-70mm f/2.8L lens, Redrock Micro shoulder rig, Redrock follow focus, Ikan v5600 monitor, Zoom H4N, DXA-SLR, Switronix Powerbase-70 battery, Rode NTG-2 mic, LitePanel Micro, articulating arms (x2).


Cables: Hosa XLR Y-Splitter, XP-DSLR-C p-tap cable, DR-E6 DC Coupler, P-tap to Ikan cable.







< With names.

< The cable on the monitor was loose, but I tied it up.  Thor seems unconcerned.  The camera and the monitor are battery-powered by the Switronix Powerbase-70, and the sound gear is running on simple batteries.  Thor runs on the sound of his enemy's breaking bones.


< Thor sat stone-faced for 2 hours while I shot him in his grandeur.









< The cine arm gave me more flexibility with where to position the monitor.






< Very important to have these port saver adapters from the camera's mini-HDMI out to the monitor.  It blocks the focus a bit, but well worth not having the hassle of a broken HDMI cable stuck in your camera.





< Mount the fluid head plate to the 3/8" hole in the bottom of the Redrock Micro shoulder rig.  I don't feel this in my shoulder at all.








< Attaches in seconds to the Manfrotto 504HD fluid head on Manfrotto 535 carbon fiber sticks.



< From shoulder-mount to fluid head tripod in seconds.  Just make sure your tripod head can handle the 25 lb. rig.








< My new favorite fill light.  The iPhone 4 and the "myLite" app.

9 comments:

  1. how much was that? lol

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  2. Hello James, what is this mounting you've used to attach your iPhone to your rig? I'm looking for something similar but couldn't find something.

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  3. Hey unHuman,

    I think you mean the iPhone fill light in the last photo. It's the "Thought Out PED3-tripod-PH tripod mount" mounted on a Manfrotto 496RC2 ball head.

    http://www.amazon.com/Thought-PED3-Tripod-PH-iPhone-Tripod-Mount/dp/B003L817U0

    However, I recommend the Glif or Owle Bubo iPhone holder.

    -jb

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  4. Thanks for the quick response, James. The Thought Out PED3 is exactly what I was looking for! Cause I just need to get an iPhone mounted to my SHAPE DSLR rig. Thank you and have a good day, sir!

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  5. people laughed at me when i rigged my HV20 like this back in 2008. Nice job. Is that a JuicedLink under the H4N or other preamp/mixer?

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  6. James,

    I have a similar rig. What is the name of the circular price that
    attached to the top of the camera and supports the
    Rode NTG-2 mic and LitePanel Micro?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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  7. I think you mean the Cool Lux MD3000 Light & Sound bracket.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cool-MD3000-Light-Sound-Bracket/dp/B00009R7VN/ref=pd_bxgy_p_text_b

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    Sound = Zoom H4n and Beachtek DXA-SLR

    http://www.amazon.com/BeachTek-DXA-SLR-Adapter-Preamplifiers-Phantom/dp/B003E3RK26/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330317316&sr=1-3

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  8. Haha, these are brilliant pix! Can you explain your audio setup? I see the Beachtek, shotgun mic, and h4n . . . but why the Y splitter? I'm being dense!

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  9. @ Onegarcia74 - I use the Y-Splitter to create audio on my in-camera dailies through the Beachtek DXA-SLR, and higher quality audio on a dual-system Zoom H4N, to sync up later. You could even use the Zoom as a backup, in case you peak out the DXA-SLR. More than likely, I'm using the dual-system Zoom, and sync it up in post, while using the DXA-SLR as a high-quality guide track.

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