Beachtek BRM-1: The ideal Blackmagic rail adapter?

Beachtek just released their 15mm rail adapter – previously unique to their DXA-SLR Ultra audio adapter – as a separate baseplate called the BRM-1. I’ve been looking forward to this one. To me, it seemed as if the unit was ideal to mount on top of a Blackmagic Cinema Camera – and be wide enough to allow one to drill the plate on each side to accommodate the left and right bolts on the BMCC’s upper chassis. Can’t be content using it the way it was intended! While I have…

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Follow focus jumping teeth? 5D Mark II won’t sit straight? Try this.

First of all, let’s get the legally-binding blog disclaimer over with: Nobody sent me this doo-dad free (or paid me) to review it. Too bad. Bleeding pocketbooks aside, one of the other endless oddities about DSLR filmmaking is that us fellows in the 5D Mark II camp have only one 1/4″-20tpi threaded boss at the bottom of the camera to work with. It doesn’t even have a recess to accept the pin supplied on basic tripod plates either. That’s where CoolLCD came in and designed this handy little solution for…

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When 15mm rail systems don’t fit: Fixing Cinematics’ High Riser Baseplate

I cannot fault anyone for using a 15mm rail system. They’re modular and most convenient – provided you don’t run into an oddity. But that’s what I found when I mounted a Cinematics High Riser Baseplate to my own rig. After installation, neither my Fotga DP500II follow focus block or Cordvision arms fit with ease, so I decided to look into the matter further. From bottom to top: Cordvision 90 degree angle armsGeneric, Chinese 15mm rail block (all over eBay and often supplied with cheese plates)Fotga DP500/DP500II Follow Focus Q/R…

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