May 29, 2019

Wooden Camera Announces Incredibly Light Director's Monitor Cage v3

The DMCv3 is a huge upgrade in design, materials and total weight from v2, at the same price point.

Once again, Wooden Camera really put some thought into a redesign of their best-selling Director’s Monitor Cage.  Most notably, the overall weight has dropped from 2lbs. 9.6oz (1179.34g) in v2 to 1lb. (476g) in v3, while retaining the exact same footprint.

The DMCv3 is designed to be universally compatible with any monitor up to 9 inches. Here is a partial list of compatible monitors:

Key Features

  • Carbon fiber rods and handles
  • Ships pre-assembled
  • Can attach via the top, bottom or rear ¼-20 mounts
  • Built-in baby pin clamp with locking thumbwheel for light or c-stand mounting
  • Dual wireless receiver mounting brackets
  • Dual direction swing-away battery bracket
  • V-mount and Gold Mount attachments (mounts sold separately)
  • 4-point quick release neck strap for portable viewing
  • Teradek XT/LT mounting bracket
  • Removable sunshade is included

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

Most adjustments are made with thumbwheels or clamps. The entire package folds up quickly for transport, with the sunshade doubling as a protective cover. We really like the swing-away battery bracket feature, making it easy to access cables.

Sweet fold-away design for the battery plate.

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

Specifications

  • Weight: 476g (1lb.)
  • Dimensions: 279.4 x 177.8 x 101.6 mm (11 x 7 x 4 in)
Ready to travel

The entire package is a functional and economical option for on-set monitoring and is a huge upgrade from v2. Wooden Nickel continues to innovate and make major improvements to an already popular (and well-designed) product. It is currently available for pre-order for $299 and will ship mid-June.

Is the DMCv3 now on our must-have kit list? We'd like to hear your thoughts about it in the comments.     

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OMG I wouldn’t pay more than $100 for this. Might as well make your own at this rate.

May 29, 2019 at 6:18PM

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Carbon fiber with all the feature details, coming in at 1 lb? I’m thinking you’d have to be pretty exceptional to do that. I genuinely like their gear and the fact that they’re always iterating the design in meaningful ways.

May 29, 2019 at 7:07PM

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Craig Mieritz
Color, Light and Camera Geek

Agreed. This makes sense for me as my directors are usually finicky. After years of me handing them dicey monitor rigs that feel like millstones and constantly need adjustment or difficult-to-swap battery packs, I'm finally ready to spend the money to get something that is actually high-caliber. And lets be honest, this piece of gear will likely outlast my career at a price that's really quite reasonable.

May 30, 2019 at 2:01PM

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This is a very well thought out product that only comes about after several generations and numerous prototypes. I challenge you to make your own system with half these features at 4x the weight. The Anton Bauer gold-mount plate alone will cost you roughly $100 off the shelf.

May 29, 2019 at 7:46PM

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Ryan Griffith
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Just a heads up, the battery plates aren't included with the $299 price tag. You have to buy those separately...

May 30, 2019 at 2:09AM, Edited May 30, 2:09AM

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Matthew Emmanuel
Camera Operator
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Sorry if that wasn't clear. I had included the caption "what's included" under the photo of what's included in the package, but it somehow got lost. I've updated the article to include that the mounts are sold separately. Thanks Matthew.

May 30, 2019 at 11:22AM, Edited May 30, 11:38AM

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Craig Mieritz
Color, Light and Camera Geek

What ever happened to standing next to your DP and actually watching your actors perform. So, so much is missed when you stay glued to your little 'over the neck' monitor. Let your DP worry about focus, exposure, lighting...you need to concentrate on the performance, not the technical aspect. It's common sense really...something the younger generation has little of...in my humble opinion.

May 31, 2019 at 10:56AM

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Lee Albright
Owner-Albright Films
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