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Slate

The first slate is made of a floor board, two pieces of metal as joint, another piece of wood and blackboard film.
The second slate consists of a plastic board and a foil.

Filmslate board slate

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Camera

For some time now I’m a proud owner of a Pocket Cinema Camera by Blackmagic Design (short: BMPCC). As lenses I mainly use old manual Pentax-glass via an adaptor. That works pretty fine; the lenses still have a very good quality, and working with them is a dream (especially compared to modern cheap plastic lenses). The handling of the camera is very simple, too. It’s actually quite minimalistic; but don’t get me wrong: There are all essential functions available and at hand, but not more. No unneeded automatics, no deep menues etc.
BMPCC from the back  But that gets totally beaten by the quality of the shots you get with this camera! I don’t even want to talk about sharpness which is complimented by all the others; I can’t actually see that much of a difference compared to other cameras. Sure, the image is sharp, but not extremely. But maybe that is due to my old lenses. Whatever. The dynamic range is by all means overwhelming, the flat image profile is very useful, and I’ve never seen so few artefacts in a video from a camera of even nearly that price. Just to make it clear: At least when recording in ProResHQ there are literally none!
The only thing that really bothers me, and which is why I am almost regretting the buy of the cam a bit (but just a very tiny bit), is the small sensor size and the "crop factor" caused by that. This can be really annoying, especially when shooting with old glass with the smallest focal length of 28mm, what due to the crop becomes an equivalent of roughly 85mm. But I have to live with it, because for that price there simply isn’t another camera with this incredible image quality.

BMPCC
BMPCC with Cage from the front BMPCC with sight on the sensor BMPCC BMPCC BMPCC BMPCC BMPCC with cage from the back BMPCC on Set BMPCC with 14-42


Lenses

Currently, I own the following lenses to use in combination with my BMPCC:
Pentax-K-glass:
  • MC Soligor C/D 28mm f/2.8
  • Pentax-M 50mm f/2.0
  • MC Soligor S/M 35-70mm f/3.5-4.0
  • Auto Revuenon MC 70-210mm f/4.0
M42-glass:
  • Porst MC 35mm f/2.8
MFT-glass:
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R
Currently I am adding follow focus gears to all my lenses, which are custom made for me by A. Jungierek. Huge thanks to him!
Lenses with gear rings Lens PK 28mm 2.8 Lens PK 45mm 2.0 Lens M42 35mm 2.8 Lens MFT 14-42 3.5-5.6 Lens PK 35-70 3.5-4.0 PK-Lenses


Camcorder

My camcorder is a HDC-SD300 E-GK from Panasonic.

Camcorder Camcorder Camcorder Camcorder HDC-SD 300


Fotoapparat

For photography I have a Canon PowerShot Pro1.

photo camera in use photo camera in use



Shoulder Rig

A Rig made from different components, which works great and hasn't cost much. The rod clamps, the shoulder pad, the c-arm and the quick release system are bought online, the 15mm rods at the hardware store and the handles are self made.

BMPCC-Rig
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Earlier versions:
BMPCC-Rig with new Handles
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Rig without camera Rig without camera Rig without camera

The following contains info about some of the parts:

Base Plate

The base of the rig, consisting of two dual rod clamps and one cheese plate from SmallRig.
Base Plate Base Plate


Cage

A cage from SmallRig to protect the Pocket and make mounting it onto the rig more stable.
BMPCC with Cage BMPCC with Cage


Shoulder pad

A simple foam shoulder pad from Fotga.
Schulterpolster


C-Arm

The c-arm as well comes from Fotga.
C-Arm


Quick Release System

As a QR-Sytem I curently use a combination of Arca-Swiss style plates and -clamps as well as the Manfrotto 323- and PL200-replica.
More info on this coming soon...
AS-clamp and 323-clemme AS-clamp beneath the rig


Rig Handles

Self-made wooden rig handles.
self-made wooden rig handles
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Follow Focus

The Fotga DP500IIS with A/B hard stops and an open Rod-Clamp for making it easy to mount onto the rig.
Fotga Follow Focus Fotga Follow Focus with Rig Fotga Follow Focus Fotga Follow Focus Whip und Speed Crank


Power

After researching and testing for a long time I finally found a good solution for powering my BMPCC-Rig: Sony L-Series NP-F-batteries.
For this I bought a battery plate with built-in 12V-booster an built a rig-mounting-plate for it.
NP-F battery plate with battery NP-F battery plate NP-F batteries


Rig-Accessories

Self-Made accessories for the rig: A double-rod-clamp consisting of a cheap single-clamp and a piece of wood; several self-made wing screws fro wood with a piece of threaded bar glued in.
self-made rod-clamp self-made wing screw


Old Rig

This early version of the shoulder rig doesn't exist anymore, it has been reconfigured (see above).



Handle grip

Due to the fact I now own a way more complex camera rig I rarely use the X-GRIP by Opteka anymore, but it's still good when size and weight of the used equipment matters, or when the rig already is in use.


Tripods

Some of the equipment I didn't built myself are my tripods.

Manfrotto 502

My biggest, most stable, most expensive and simply best tripod is by Manfrotto; it consists of the tripod legs MVT502AM and the fluid head MVH502A.

tripod with BMPCC
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Ultrapod II

The smallest one which has a small ball head can be mounted nearly everywhere with a strip of velcro.



Cullmann Alpha 2500

The Cullmann Alpha 2500 is cheap, lightweight and very compact when broken down, but extended it reaches a valuable height. But it only has a fricton head what makes it difficult to impossible to get smooth pan and tilt shots. So this is a tripod for static shots.

Cullmann tripod with Camcorder Cullmann tripod with Camcorder Cullmann tripod Camcorder



Jib

Out of a Christmas tree stand, one short and one long balk, three short bars, some screws and bands and an old barbell (previously a sack full of gravel) I built a jib, with which one can make pretty cool shots. I mounted a Cullmann CB7.1 ball head as camera mount which makes it easy to position an level the camera on the jib.

Jib



Dolly

The rail dolly was made out of an old pair of inline skaters (or rather the wheels of them), two halves of an aluminium profile, a big wooden plate and some screws, the tracks are also aluminium profiles. It is big enough to place both a tripod and a a chair for the camera operator on it.

Dolly from the front
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Lighting

It's time to look after my lighting gear. In the near future I plan buying some lamps as well as some rigging equipment.
Until now I own the following lamps:
  • Four LF 1000 symmetrical 1kW Area lights from ADB
  • TwoL.A.F. PF-6305 asymmetrical 500W Flood lights
  • One Redhead 800W Open-Face-Light
  • Two Ultralite Pico 300 PC-Lens-Lights
  • Several PAR 56 with 300W MFL and NSP bulbs
  • Three PAR 30 with different 75W bulbs
  • Two JB Systems iColor 4 RGBY-Flood-Lamps with 4x500W bulbs
  • Multiple small RGB-LED-Lamps from China
lamps Area light Area light Redhead Redhead Pico 300 PC-Lens PAR-CansPAR-Cans

And the rigging-equipment: light stand
  • Two Mic Stands
  • Two Light Stands Millenium LST-250
  • Two Light Stands lightmaXX LS-1
  • Four Manfrotto Super-Clamps
  • Two Manfrotto Rapid Adapters
  • Several Studs from Manfrotto und Adam Hall
  • Some sandbags (self-sewed)
And miscellaneous light-formers:
  • Several Lee light gels:
    light gels gel bag
    201 Full & 202 Half CTB (Color Temperature Blue) • 205 Half CTO (Color Temperature Orange) • 250 Half & 252 Eight White Diffusion • 253 Hampshire Frost • 021 Gold Amber • 164 Flame Red • 141 Bright Blue • 085 Deeper Blue • 058 Lavender • 048 Rose Purple • 213 White Flame Green • 738 Jas Green • 100 Spring Yellow
  • A DIY 2x2m frame from PVC-pipes [lining: bed sheet (diffusion)]
  • A DIY 1x1m frame from wooden bars [lining: Molton (flag)]
  • Black molton for flags and negative fill
  • Styrofoam boards as reflectors
  • A roll of black wrap
light stand light stand light stand with sandbags micstand Super-Clamp Super-Clamps 2x2m bedsheet diffusor 2x2m bedsheet diffusor sandbags



Audio

Microphone

My microphone is a VideoMic by Røde. It has a stereo audio jack (3.5mm) and is mountable via an accesory shoe. To use this mic a nine-volt batterie is required (or a rechargeable battery).

Video mic on camcorder

additional pictures coming soon...


Audio Recorder

When it is not reasonable to plug the microphone directly into the camera, or I need some good sound without a lot of work, I record the sound with an H1 Handy Recorder by Zoom. Besides a microphone input and a headphone jack it also has a built-in stereo mic. It records onto a micro SD card.

H1 audio recorder


Mixer

For Live-Mixing at events and concerts I have a live mixer, a FX 2222 from Behringer. It has 8 Mono-Channels with XLR-(Mic-) and Line-Inputs, Insert, Gain-Control, Compressor and semi-parametric 4Band-EQ as well as 4 Stereo Line-Channels with +4/-10db switch and 4Band-EQ. Also, every channel has 3 AUX-Lines, one of which goes to the built-in effects-processor. All channels can be muted over a big button with indicator-LED and are each routable to Main and SubGroup. Apart from the channel fader, there is also a Pan-Poti per channel.
A headphone-output can be regulated with a Poti, and the per-channel Solo is switchable to PFL.
Mixer Mixer


Speakers

Tha loudspeakers of my PA are two Fame audio Challenger 15A active Speakers.
Box 15A Box 15A mit Kabeln Box 15A at a concert in church


Microphones

For studio and concert recordings as well as live-events, of course you need some microphones. Until now, I own the following, that all have a very good quality for a very low price::
  • Two the t.bone EM722 small-diaphragm condenser mics
  • A Superlux PRA D1 dynamic vocal mic
  • A Behringer XM8500 dynamic vocal mic
cardioid mic cardioid mic vocal mic vocal mic


Kopfhörer

I have several pairs of headphones, all for a different purpose:
  • Superlux HD-681 B - ear-surrounding, open headphones for studio use
  • Superlux HD-662 F - ear-surrounding, closed headphones for live use
  • Songful S1 - closed In-Ears for In-Ear-Monitoring
HD-681 B open headphones HD-662 F closed headphones


Audio-Rack

It is nice to have all sound devices for concerts and events in one place, so I built myself a Rack-Box. It holds all my 19-Inch audio devices.
FOH-Setup with mixer and Rack on a school concert in the church
device-front of the audio rack Rack on a school concert in the church Rack on a school concert in the church inside of the audio rack


Interface

For more complex concert recordings or muti-channel studio recordings I have the US-16x08 from Tascam. An audio interface with USB 2.0, 8 adjustable mic inputs with grouped phantom power, 8 line inputs (two of them adjustable) and 8 line outputs.

Images coming soon...

Microphones

For the same studio and concert recordings you need, of course, some mics. Until now I own two the t.bone EM722 small membrane condenser mics, which deliver a very good quality for a low price.

Tascam Audio Interface
Tascam Audio-Interface Gain-Regler vom Audio-Interface XLR-Inputs of Audio-Interface Tascam Audio-Interface back of Audio-Interface back of Audio-Interface rack with Audio-Interface back of Interface with plugs plugged in



Headphone Amplifier
A 6-channel headphone amplifier from img StageLine, the PPA-100/SW. Individual loudnes control as well as switching between Main- and Solo-Input per channel.
Headphone Amplifier controls of the Headphone Amplifier back of Headphone Amplifier with solo inputs rack with Headphone Amplifier



Stereo-Equalizer
The Behringer Ultragraph Pro FBQ 1502, a graphic stereo equalizer, is used for adjusting the main-signal to the room sound.
Behringer Stereo Equalizer Stereo Equalizer Equalizer closeup of the EQ-Faders back side of the Equalizer



Patch-Panel
A self-made patch panel, to reach the rear inputs of the devices from the front. Apart from two XLR-Inputs for the Mixer output, it has holes for 22 TRS-Jacks.
Patch-Panel Patch-Panel Patch-Panel Patch-Panel Patch-Panel from behind Patch-Panel in the rack Patch-Panel from inside Patch-Panel in the making Patch-Panel in the state of beginning



Editing system

My editing computer is a Z210-workstation by Hewlett-Packard. It is equipped with a XENON Quadcore CPU by Intel with 4 X 3.2GHz and 16Gb of RAM. The GPU is a Quadro FX 1700 from NVIDIA.
 My backup computer is a xw4600-workstation, also by HP, with an Intel Core 2 Dou with 2 X 2,1GHz, 8Gb of RAM, as well as a Quadro FX 2000 by NVIDIA.
Z200 editing machine back side of the Computer working place with displays


Periphery:

I use: a backlit PS/2-keyboard by HP (KB-0316), a PS/2-mouse by HP, a 3D-mouse by 3Dconnexion (SpacePilot), a desk lamp by IKEA and two ACER-screens (x203w & AL1912).

Software:

Apart from the Windows-7 operating system (Prof, 64bit; I try to change to UbuntuStudio [Linux]) I only use free software. The main software for a long time was Blender, with which I used to edit and color-grade, design image effects and VFX, single pictures and (titel)animations. Now I am using Blackmagic&s DaVinci Resolve for editing and most importantly for grading. I also use: Gimp, Scribus, Audacity, Reaper, Celtx, ffmpeg & WinFF and DVD-Styler. And, of course, I use Open Office

Schnittumgebung in Blender



Accessory

There're lots of accessories that are not worth a whole post, but still important and worth to be mentioned.
Self made glowing signs with interchangeable gobos
glowing signs
Small monitor to mount on the jib or rig:
Powerbank (rechargable batterie) to feed the monitor:
Powerbank
Exposure meter for measuring light intensity of the scene:
Accessory shoe for camera, tripod, tripod thread and an audio adaptor 6,3 to 3,5mm jack:
Filters to screw onto the camcorder:
Ein Set Step-Up- und Step-Down-Ringe:
filter adaptors
A set of ND-filters 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 & 1.2 (1, 2, 3 & 4 stops darker) in normal and gradual (SE):
nd filters nd filters nd filters filter holder
A bunch of cables for connection of audio and picture:
audio and video cables and adaptors audio and video cables and adaptors audio cables in a bag audio cables
Several DI-Boxes for audio-transfer:
DI-Boxes
Solder- & glueing-stuff:
solder stuff hot glue pistol working table
A Multimeter and a Cable Tester
Multimeter cable tester
Tapes, clamps, C47s, cords etc.:
Tapes Tapes Clamps
My AC's bag (cleaning and consumption material) and a label maker
Reinigungsmaterial Verbrauchsmaterial dust blower Beschriftungsgerät
My Leatherman:
Leatherman Wave Bit-Set
Some other Tools:
Inbusset screw driver pliers strippers riveting crimping phase tester

additional entries coming soon...