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Re: Suggestions for DSLR Rig on Rails for ENG Work with Pre-Amp and Zoom?

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Steve CrowRe: Suggestions for DSLR Rig on Rails for ENG Work with Pre-Amp and Zoom?
by on Apr 25, 2012 at 3:36:47 pm

Thanks for the links Joe! You're right, you do pay an outrageous price for the name brand rigs so I am open to alternatives assuming the quality is still good.

But my basic issue comes down to this - I haven't found many pictures of rigs that can support all the gear I've mentioned and go from tripod to shoulder mount very easily.

I started looking into using DSLRs for ENG work and found lots of microphone related issues - as you know, in ENG work you can't assume you are going to be able to mic everyone with lavs and so on in advance, your on-camera mic has to be sufficient on its own if need be.

Bottom line - what I found is that unless you plug your external mic into some kind of pre-amp before connecting it to your camera body you are going to get a lot of noise - but where does a pre-amp like that fit on the rig? I tried it myself under the camera but found it too unstable, the camera was slipping and sliding no matter how tight I thought I had screwed it to the pre-amp. I later found a speciality plate that is supposed to address this and make everything tight but I haven't had a chance to try it.

So right now I am just on the lookout for rig configurations that can handle all the gear and go from tripod to shoulder - once I have a basic plan then I think there would be many manufacturers that could supply the parts - but I need that configuration first and right now I don't see it in my minds eye.

Steve Crow
Crow Digital Media
http://www.CrowDigitalMedia.com


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