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.