We recently got in a Cinevate DSLR camera rig at my workplace and I decided to put together a quick overview video to step students through its basic use. This rig is based off the core package (more info here) with the additional shoulder mount, (link here) and counter weight, (link here).

I thought I’d post it here too as it may be useful for people researching these rigs (and there are lots avaialble) and for those who’ve had the chance to hire one out for a short period and want to get up to speed quickly. I’m using a Canon 5D mkII, but this rig can be used with any SLR that shoots video. It can also be used with some video cameras.

Why would you want to use an SLR to shoot video? Low light, nice depth-of-field effects, lens choice and (relatively) low cost. The big downside is audio. You need either separate audio recording facilities, or a more elaborate mic/amp setup.

Please keep in mind that this is not the only way you can setup this rig. There are thousands of possibilities from which to choose from. Because of this, the rig can be a little daunting on first inspection, so this is a “default” setup to get you up and running. Once you’re comfortable with this setup, then you can start to explore other ways in which the rig can be used.

Additional video guides can be found here and here.

If you have any comments or questions, please post them in the comments.