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  • BMPCC4K handheld rigging idea

    I've just received a test unit of the BMPCC4K and have though a lot about how I am going to be shooting with it. This is what I've came up with for a very lightweight, small handheld-rig. The top handle has mounting points for a lav / shotgun, and I don't need much more. It uses parts from Smallrig and Lanparte. Because the camera is so light, you can press it firmly against your chest / shoulder and get perfect smooth shots. It's never going to look like a gimbal, but it makes for perfect handheld-shots. When release, I'd like to use a half cage for a more firm and secure mounting point for the top handle, but for now this works fine.

    Edit: list of parts.

    - SmallRig 15mm Carbon Fiber Rod 100mm 4 Inch 1871
    - SmallRig Baseplate with Dual 15mm Rod Clamp 1674
    - SmallRig Quick Release Safety Rail (46mm) 1409
    - SmallRig NATO Handle 1649
    - LanParte Chest Pad CP-01
    - SmallRig Cold Shoe 1241

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    What do you guys think?
    Last edited by Hugovandijke; 09-11-2018, 07:42 AM.
    http://www.thedreamers.nl/en

  • #2
    Congrats on receiving a test unit ! I suppose it's a final production unit, so it's great seeing this little monster out in the wild.

    I think your rig looks good. Only concern would be seeing the screen outside on a sunny day. Does the screen get bright enough ?
    Pocket 4K "Chaplin".

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    • #3
      Another question, how do you like the build quality?
      Pocket 4K "Chaplin".

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      • #4
        What mini navo handrail did you place on top there? Quite interesting to see

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        • #5
          Can't wait to see some footage from this rig!
          Álex Montoya on IMDB
          https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600257/

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          • #6
            Love this. Regarding the shoulder pad itself, can you tell me where you bought it?
            vimeo.com/kenfranks

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            • #7
              I plan on using the ultra-low-budget version of this with my p4k: the magicrig

              My YouTube channel

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              • #8
                First: I suggest to get a half-cage first if you want to attach a top handle or second monitor.
                Iīve seen destroyed screwholes at the BMMCC (top and bottom) and did not trust those holes
                Second: I want to keep it lightweight. Donīt want to add to much stuff around the camera If I donīt have too.

                i also searched for "chest suport rig" and only found those terrible designs. I donīt think it is a good idea to get the camera higher.
                (Keep the center of gravity down = more stable)
                I want it as flat as it gets. So I ordered some Cheese Rod and put a Arca Swiss Plate on it. Keeps the camera low.
                I tested it with my old BMMCC and old DSRL Cameras and the hight is perfect. I am pretty large so it is a good thing
                for me to keep the camera low. I can also add a larger cheese-rod and turn the handle up. So I have the handle from
                the camera and a left handle at the same height. I suggest to get a second handle. Unless you have the second hand
                on the lens. With a second handel you have "3 point contact" to the camera.

                _rig_01.jpg

                _rig_02.jpg

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                • #9
                  Looks good. The support I’ve imagined for these smaller cameras attaches to (or rests on) the belt. I’m tall and rarely shoot eye/shoulder level. I’ve seen a couple of cheap options that use a short monopod and belt/pouch, but nothing more substantial.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fauxto View Post
                    Can't wait to see some footage from this rig!
                    + 1,000,000.
                    Pocket 4K "Chaplin".

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                    • #11
                      sorry for the off topic question .......... but are you able to fit the camera on your Movi M5 ? thanks in advance

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by polaroid22 View Post
                        What mini navo handrail did you place on top there? Quite interesting to see
                        Updated with a part list!

                        Originally posted by Finster View Post
                        Love this. Regarding the shoulder pad itself, can you tell me where you bought it?
                        It's from Lanparte, pretty nice. I was worried it might turn but it's tight enough.

                        Originally posted by S_Berger View Post
                        First: I suggest to get a half-cage first if you want to attach a top handle or second monitor.
                        Iīve seen destroyed screwholes at the BMMCC (top and bottom) and did not trust those holes
                        Second: I want to keep it lightweight. Donīt want to add to much stuff around the camera If I donīt have too.

                        i also searched for "chest suport rig" and only found those terrible designs. I donīt think it is a good idea to get the camera higher.
                        (Keep the center of gravity down = more stable)
                        I want it as flat as it gets. So I ordered some Cheese Rod and put a Arca Swiss Plate on it. Keeps the camera low.
                        I tested it with my old BMMCC and old DSRL Cameras and the hight is perfect. I am pretty large so it is a good thing
                        for me to keep the camera low. I can also add a larger cheese-rod and turn the handle up. So I have the handle from
                        the camera and a left handle at the same height. I suggest to get a second handle. Unless you have the second hand
                        on the lens. With a second handel you have "3 point contact" to the camera.

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                        Agreed, I wouldn't want to raise it. For me, the camera is light enough that I don't need handles (although the 3rd contact point is nice!)

                        Originally posted by Stefan Antonescu View Post
                        + 1,000,000.
                        Soon

                        Originally posted by aplus View Post
                        sorry for the off topic question .......... but are you able to fit the camera on your Movi M5 ? thanks in advance
                        Haven't tried, but I don't think it will fit.. The original BMCC was already too wide!
                        http://www.thedreamers.nl/en

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                        • #13
                          These systems are totally bogus, as you can't stabilize the footage. There is a big difference between shoulder mount for camera and something resting on your chest. Breathing will cause inability to properly stabilize the footage.

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                          • #14
                            Well. You can press that thing above your chest... more against your shoulder. And I got very similar loocking shots with a chest-rig.
                            A lot of people can build a "dummy-chest rig" themselfes and just do some testshots walking around a chair. First with a chest rig, than with a shoulder rig.
                            And also "two handle rig" _(handheld). It makes a different if you are using wide angle or 35mm, 50mm.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Robert Rogoz View Post
                              These systems are totally bogus, as you can't stabilize the footage. There is a big difference between shoulder mount for camera and something resting on your chest. Breathing will cause inability to properly stabilize the footage.
                              well, being 6'4" and not wanting to be in a football crouch the entire time while shooting off the sticks, I don't shoot anything off the shoulder. I use either a 2 handed "man-cam" style rig or a chest support.

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