This Wooden DIY Rig Turns Your DSLR into a Cinema Camera (Sort Of)
DSLRs don't have as many features as cinema cameras, but this DIY rig simulates their functionality so you have audio, mounting, and power all in one place.
If you're in for a bit of a DIY project, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has come up with a way to add some cinema camera functionality to your DSLR with a handmade wooden rig that houses batteries, top handle, a preamp attached by magnets, and cold shoe mounts for audio receivers (or whatever you want). Compared to most DIY projects we tend to share, this build is a little more labor intensive, requiring some woodworking and about $250 worth of materials, but if you want to house your audio, mounting, monitoring, and power options all in one place, this rig will do the trick.
Pike provides a list of all of the materials you're going to need to build this rig:
- Battery Plate
- Cold Shoe Mounts
- Top Handle Rail
- Top Handle
- 3x Short Quick Release Plates
- Saramonic SmartRig+ Preamp
- DC Jack Cables
- Long Quick Release Plate
- 3x Quick Release Clamps
- Monitor Arm
Also, here are the dimensions for the pieces of wood you'll be cutting, but you can obviously adjust these to meet your specific needs.
Perhaps one of the more expensive items on the list is the preamp—not the Saramonic SmartRig+ itself, because it's about $30, but that is built specifically for smartphones. So, if you want to modify it for DSLR use, Pike made a tutorial last month to show you how to do it.
This is a pretty nifty rig, because not only does it look kind of like a cinema camera body, but it adds a bunch of that desired functionality that you don't get with DSLRs for a fraction of the cost.