Inexpensive rig and DIY external battery solution for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC)

Posted on Mar 4, 2014

I’ve had the BMPCC since it was released but haven’t shot with it much. FINALLY had an excuse!

It was off location and I would be shooting on and off for about 6 hours. I had 3 batteries, but I didn’t want to deal with the inconvenience of swapping them out or the more likely, running completely dry. I didn’t have enough time to order one online, so the morning of the shoot I went to radioshack and picked up an 8 AA battery holder for $3, 5 pack of 9V snap connector for $3, the tip and socket to plug into the BMPCC  $12 (I’m not sure if that’s the exact tip I bought, but if you bring your camera in you can make sure to get the right one, plus they may have something cheaper). So that comes out to $17 + 8 AA batteries + 15 minutes of soldering and heat shrinking + gaff tape = 12V battery.

Easily lasted the whole day! It will charge the internal battery and keep it at 100% until the external battery voltage drops to a certain point. Then you may simply run the internal battery down, take it out then run off the external directly. I never even got to that point.

The shoulder rig from Amazon is $160. Works great for what it is, although I can’t speak for the follow focus yet.

LCD Viewfinder hood is $15.  I’ve only used it this one time on an overcast day…but was perfect.

Usually run mics through a Beachtec MCC-2 for $90 (to record 2 separate tracks and tweak audio levels easily). For this gig, I just ran the Rode directly in at +20. It needs a STRONG signal and couldn’t handle a lav without a pre.

LOVED this setup!


Posted on Mar 27, 2013

Thought it would be fun to start making some cinemagraphs. Goal is to make a short film with some.

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