ENG rig for the Gh4

I’ve recently been tasked to build an ENG rig for my Panasonic GH4 at work. So I went to work and found that two of the ENG lenses that I already had would be adaptable.

I picked up a 2/3″ B4 to mft mount and an lens power pack and its been pretty solid. It does increase the weight of the rig by about a ton. But after a full day of quick run-and-gun b-roll shooting that powered zoom is really handy!

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4k Rigging

I was tasked back in early April to create an inexpensive but impressive 4k camera rig. With Panasonic as a client its hard to look at anything other than a GH4 for our platform in shooting.

So after a lot of reading and research I came up with this rig:

My Gh4 Rig
My Gh4 Rig

So this is a fully shoulderable rig built with:

  • Zacuto VTC quick release base/ shoulder pad
  • IKAN gold mount battery plate
  • Wooden Camera GH4+YAHG cage
  • TILTA Mattebox
  • Lanparte top and front handles
  • no-name 15mm rods — 10 inch in the front and 6 in the back
  • D|Focus v4
  • Convergent designs Odyssey 7Q+

The whole thing is built to run about 6 hours on a single Batteries4Broadcast Lithium Gold Mount brick.

Its lensed with a 5 lens kit of Rokinon T1.5 Cine-primes and a single 14-140mm Lumix 3.5/f zoom for some run and gun versatility.

Its been pretty great so far and gotten us up into the 4k workflow.

Dolly

Here’s a quick build for you all.

I was tasked with making my company’s Dana Dolly portable so we could travel it for location shooting. So I did a bit of research. I found some DJ lighting clamps and some 1/2 inch steel tube stock and built a new collapsible track. It uses 1 1/4 conduit which we source and cut when we get to the place we’re shooting and discard when we’re done. Its a cheap and easy way to get some great shots!

New Dana Dolly track
New Dana Dolly track

Studios

So this isn’t an actual 2016 build. Its more of a late 2014 build, but it gets tweaked like every time I use it. I’m always looking to improve it.

No doubt that if you’ve gotten to this portion of my website, the blog, you probably understand that I shoot video. Well, what video shooter wouldn’t want a studio. I’d been wanting a studio for a long time and even missed the horrendous one I built in college.

The college basement prior to studio construction. -- 2011
The college basement prior to studio construction. — 2011
The completed basement 'studio' --2011
The completed basement ‘studio’ — 2011

Yeah, I know, god awful. But, It served me well as a white box for portrait photography:

Kendall shot in my college basement - 2012
Kendall shot in my college basement – 2012

As time has progressed and I moved away from my college town and into my career I had a serious lack of permanent studio in my life. I was used to relying on muslin backdrops and Arri lights.

My Portable Studio rig
My Portable Studio rig

So I proposed to my boss that we should turn our storage and equipment room into a dedicated studio — He gave me the permission.

Lighting it up
Lighting it up

The first step was to light the room up. We had luckily inherited a ton of older high-wattage cans and a full electrified pipe grid from a client who was stripping out their old studio.

Next up. get that wall green!

Priming
Priming
First step to green
First step to green

This actually worked quite well for a good bit of time. But as things grow and we used the space more and more it was time for an actual cyclorama build.

The wall bones are in place
The wall bones are in place
The Masonite is half in place
The Masonite is half in place
The Masonite is all in place and muddied up.
The Masonite is all in place and muddied up.

 

And the final look, as of just a few days ago, with another tweak:

Quick interview shot set
Quick interview shot set
Me sitting in the 'hot seat' with the monitors on
Me sitting in the ‘hot seat’ with the monitors on

That should pretty much wrap it up for this build. It seems to work pretty damn well in all honesty. I’ve shot probably 60 different videos on it in the past year. Well worth the work on it.