Shoulder rig for DSLR

A set of camera rails supporting a camera and audio recorder
My 15mm rails mounted Gh3 with a loupe, Tascam audio recorder and two radio mics.

How to make a compact shoulder rig for filming

I built this Lumix GH series camera and Tascam DR-60D compact rig to allow for longer observational documentary type filming. I wanted something to be able to film with my Lumix whilst shoulder mounted on a lightweight rig. I generally don’t need a matte box and will look to pull focus directly on the focus ring. The Tascam DR-60D will allow me to record high-quality audio using two radio mics and will also record sound from the camera mounted Sennheiser MKE 400. As a videographer and filmmaker, I am always looking for different ways to improve my shots. I will soon start filming on a couple of longer-form films where I will be following the action so I will be comparing how this works compared to my Canon XF-305.

As well as the Lumix and Tascam DR-60D the rig uses the Manfrotto Sympla 2.0 shoulder mount. The shoulder mount is great as it clips into the rig rails when required without having to disassemble the rig. The whole rig is fairly well balanced and the Sympla allows easy adjustment depending on the lens being used. I also have the option to use the DVTEC waist support rig as I’ve mounted the rig adaptor under the camera mounting plate.

If you have any questions or would like advice on anything regarding your video production or post-production please do drop me a message.

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Julian Langham

Julian started his career in media in 1994; shortly after Julian was invited to join the BBC where he was quickly promoted to Editor. Julian left the BBC to develop his freelance career in 2009. Highly-practised and skilled in constructing engaging narratives, Julian’s key strength is his ability to produce strong visually-led stories. In his work, Julian shares his passion for creating powerful synergies between story content, visual rhythm and music.