My Camera Setup for Video

4 months 3 weeks ago #731676 by CharleyL
Here are some photos of my camera setup for studio video. The camera is a Canon 77D with the dual battery extension. I have tried two other camera cages, and returned them without use because the camera with the dual battery extension would not fit in them. I just thought those interested in doing video might want to see what I'm using.

This is the camera cage by SmallRig. It's a model 1750 and my camera fits in it very well, after some initial adjustments. What is nice about this camera cage is that there are many 1/4 and 3/8" threaded holes that allow attaching all kinds of add-on hardware, mostly for audio.

In my case I needed to add a Seraminic audio mixer/pre-amp, Rode shotgun mic, Lilliput 7" 4K display screen on a SmallRig display mount, a Movo wireless mic receiver, and a Zoom H1N backup audio recorder.

My Sony Headphones are plugged into the Seramonic audio preamp and hanging from the tripod handle. All of this is sitting on my Slik tripod, which seems to be the best of several tripods that I have to handle this much equipment. I added two SmallRig handles left and right, to be able to use this rig off the tripod, if I should want to. 

In the field I will mostly be using a longer zoom lens than the lens presently on the camera. I have a 75-300 lens and a wide angle attachment lens that will more likely be employed with it. Inside the studio I don't have the room to use these.

Attached are four views each 90 degrees apart of the resulting camera and camera cage assembly, so you can see all 4 sides of it. The audio add-ons have made my camera just a small part of all this. Going video is definitely not for the faint of wallet, if you want good audio too. I've invested more in these audio add-ons than I did buying the camera. Notice that I haven't even added a light to all of this, but there is a spot for an LED light on this cage if I should need to take some outdoor videos in low light conditions. I have plenty of shadow free light for videos in my studio now, with the 8 overhead LED panels.

 Good audio is difficult and involves more investment in many small pieces of equipment than just the camera. Not part of this is the lapel mic and transmitter, or boom mic and cabling. In my studio I have suspended the Rode Shotgun mic from my ceiling mounted lighting grid directly above where the model or subjects would be sitting/standing, with a long cable overhead back to the camera and audio mixer. This has worked reasonably well in the two times that I have tried it so far. I'm considering other mics for the studio, and methods of positioning them now. 

Charley 


 


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4 months 3 weeks ago #731725 by Hannah Williams
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4 months 3 weeks ago #731887 by Alyssa Briggs
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4 months 3 weeks ago #731955 by James Sencil
Nice to meet you. The General Discussion indeed will be helpful about this. 


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4 months 2 weeks ago #732175 by Eshan Rachit
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