May 28, 2016 at 12:36PM


Blackmagic Production Camera - Rig/Setup/Accessory Questions


I'm a Motion Designer/VFX artist who usually works with post-filming matters... but I'm looking to start shooting VFX backgrounds myself for a few projects. I'm getting a Blackmagic Production Camera, and really I'm after a bit of advice on what I'll need to get the best out of it.

I'm planning to get a DJI Ronin-M as a stabiliser, but I'm not sure if I'll need a cage for the camera, if an external monitor will be needed, and how external batteries are mounted.

If anyone with more experience with film production can give any advice, or if any Blackmagic Production Camera users have any tips that would be great!

I have roughly a £2500 budget for the stabiliser, SD cards, monitor and other accessories - if that helps.

Thank you in advance!


For the BMPC you will need a monitor as well as an external power solution like a v-lock battery. Otherwise the internal battery won't last any longer than 90 min.
There are v-lock plates (like this one
A cage is not necessary if you want to use it on a gimbal only because it just adds weigth to it and the gimbal motors have to work with that extra.
As a monitor you could use just about any monitor that has SDI compatibility.

May 29, 2016 at 5:06AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Thank you Eric that's helpful. I'm trying this first to see if works as a power option

May 29, 2016 at 1:35PM

Matt Giovanni
VFX Director / Motion Designer

I have the cinema camera and the ergonomics are the same. You'll need a good external power source like the Swiftronix battery. I own a couple of the off brand batteries from Amazon or eBay and they work equally well but don't mount as nicely. You'll definitely want an external monitor OR electronic viewfinder. I have one of these: - which you'll need to find a way to mount (I use an arm from Edelkrone). Those are the main things. I got by without a cage, but it would've helped. I bought a cheese plate to connect to the top of the camera for more screw options, then added a single hot shoe adapter to connect the Edelkrone arm. Hope this helps.

November 13, 2016 at 11:09PM

Sean Pettis

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