DIY HDSLR Shoulder Rig & Follow Focus

Introduction: DIY HDSLR Shoulder Rig & Follow Focus


This is an ongoing and unfinished project.  I'm not sure when I will be able to finish so I wanted to get something out there for people looking to build there own setup.  


The gears for the follow focus are from an Erector set.
The lens gear is a small drive belt from an old Xerox
The lens gear screw clamp hardware is from a quilt hoop

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I set up a Rig with the Atomos Ninja-2 on the Nikon D4.
    Nice Rig!

    From my blog:
    Once set up all I have to do is start Live View (in video mode) and start the Ninja-2 recording. When I cycle the Live View button on the D4, the Ninja-2 starts recording when Live View is on and stops when I shut it off. Each time the Ninja-2 creates a new file for the next take. I turn on the Focus Peaking to ensure perfect focus and it stays on the whole time (does not reset when Live View is cycled). Perfection!

    Check out my rig

    Dan at Vigorotaku