• Karl Whinnery

Creating the ultimate Blackmagic Rig

Hi all! I figured I'd talk about cameras and some of the gear I'm using.


Soon as the Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera was available for preorder I snagged it! I've been using it nonstop ever since. I now own two and at least one of them gets used weekly.


I bought a cage for the Pocket so I could protect it and rig it up with accessories. This is what I bought:

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-cage-for-blackmagic-design-pocket-cinema-camera-4k-2203.html?afmc=1fo


Lemme tell you - this completely transformed how I can use the camera in several ways - and the camera now lives in the cage 24/7 with the exception of some occasional cleanings.


Two weeks after I bought it the camera took a dive off a piano and fell 4 ft to the floor and everything survived. Money saved!

I mentioned I rigged it up - here's a few accessories you should really consider snagging:

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-nato-handle-for-bmpcc-4k-and-samsung-t5-ssd-2270.html?afmc=1fp

I love the Side handle - it holds the Samsung T5 SSD harddrive I record to. It's comfy and sturdy.

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-15mm-single-rod-clamp-for-bmpcc-4k-cage-2279.html?afmc=1fq

This 15mm single rod clamp is everything! I use it to mount the Tilta Nano Wireless Fallow Focus motor. Super easy to remove the 15mm rod.

I also snagged the USB and HDMI clamps - I didn't have it at first but I found the HDMI signal would cut out if the cable moved too much. So this works great:

http://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-hdmi-usb-c-cable-clamp-for-bmpcc-4k-2246.html?afmc=1fn

I found the top handle a must have:

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-nato-handle-1649.html?afmc=1fr

I also bought a 15mm baseplate:

http://www.smallrig.comhttps://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-baseplate-with-dual-15mm-rod-clamp-1674.html?afmc=1ft

The baseplate is great for attaching the camera to tripods, sliders, etc. You can also easily rig it into shoulder rigs.

Here's a few rig pictures from a few fun shoots including JASON RISING bts.





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