December 6, 2018

Stick Lights on the Ground Easier with the New BabySitt'r Mount

Sometimes you just need a light placed on the floor. With the BabySitt'r, you can now do it without tools.

While on set, it's not uncommon to need to stick a light on the ground. And yet, no matter how low you can get the light stand, it just isn't low enough. The traditional move at this point is to make a "director's chair," screwing in a baby pin plate to a pancake and sitting it on the ground with a sandbag.

However, whenever possible, it's nice to try and design "tool-less" products that allow for a given functionality but don't require power tools. This is especially useful on independent productions, where there might not be an art department or scene shop full of tools and screws to pull from.

Into that gap, Matthews has released its new BabySitt'r, designed for a slide and lockability to mount plates to pancakes.

The BabySitt'r Floor Mount

One nice feature of the design (aside from being free of tools) is its ability to mount plates of different sizes, as both halves of the system are designed for different plate standards. You could theoretically even mount two plates with pins to the Sitt'r at once, which might get too hot with inkies but could be a great way for mounting dual LED units together in a compact package. 

It's also designed to work with the matthews "MY Way" grip system, with the goal of reducing the number of random pieces we have to bring to set. With the new system, Matthews is designing parts intended to be flexible and adaptable to a variety of different environments, especially appreciated by indie filmmakers working out of a car who are always hungry to save a little space.

It will be shipping this month and sold in packs of two. For more information, click here.

Tech Specs:

  • 11.75 x 9.75 x 1" Base
  • Accepts 2 Optional Standard Baby Plates
  • Spring-Loaded Locking System
  • Ideal for Low-Angle Shooting
  • Also Use as Pancake or 1/8 Apple Box
  • Price: $129.00 

Also, for some more DIY mount options, you can check out some nice resources here, here, and here    

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So it’s a hundred thirty bucks for a piece of plywood? I don’t get it.

December 7, 2018 at 12:47PM

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In The Netherlands we use this piece of gear: https://www.cameranu.nl/nl/p261274/manfrotto-vloerkruis-003 Does basicly The same. Cost lees, takes lees space,

December 9, 2018 at 8:13AM

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That is just a pancake and a baby plate screwed together.

Apple box - pancake 1/8in: 40 dollars
Baby plate: 20 dollars

You must know about these two items. Which means you are knowingly directing your vistors to overpriced junk. You mention them in the article. It is 4 screws. A drill is 20 bucks. Plus...then you own a drill. Give a man a fire he'll be warm for a night.

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December 12, 2018 at 3:33AM, Edited December 12, 3:33AM

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