Wooden Camera has just released its upgrade to the Director's Monitor Cage v1 for pre-order, in advance of showing it on the floor at NAB 2017. The DMCv2 is designed to be universally compatible with any monitor up to 9 inches. Here is a partial list of compatible monitors:

  • Blackmagic Video Assist 
  • SmallHD DP4, DP6, AC7, DP7
  • TVLogic VFM-056W/WP, VFM-058W
  • Ikan D5, VK7i, VH8, VL5, VX9e
  • Odyssey 7, 7Q
  • Atomos Samurai, Ninja, Shogun

Wooden Camera really put some thought in this complete redesign from v1 of this product.  Some of the standout features are:

  • Ships mostly pre-assembled
  • Can attach via the top, bottom or rear ¼-20 mounts
  • Can be directly mounted to Convergent Design Odyssey and Apollo
  • Built-in baby pin clamp with locking thumbwheel for light or c-stand mounting
  • Improved, wooden handles replace the foam covered v1 handles
  • V-mount and Gold Mount attachments
  • Teradek mounting bracket
  • Adjustable sun-shade is included
  • Tool-less design
  • Padded neck strap

The intelligence of the design is clear, watching the product release video:

Most adjustments are made with thumbwheels or clamps and the entire package folds up quickly for transport, with the sunshade doubling as a protective cover.

Director_monitor_transportCredit: Courtesy of Wooden Camera

The system even allows for a dual monitor set-up.

Director_monitor_dual_setupCredit: Courtesy of Wooden Camera

Tech specs

  • Weight: 1179.34g (2 lbs 9.6oz)
  • Dimensions: 279.4 x 177.8 x 101.6 mm (11 x 7 x 4 in)

The entire package looks like a functional and economical option for on-set monitoring and it is definitely a huge upgrade from v1. We'd like to hear your thoughts about it in the comments.

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