Building a Cheap DIY Pocket 6K Pro Rig from Scratch

Something many owners of Blackmagic’s Pocket series seem to enjoy is building out the perfect rig. The cameras are compact enough that you can basically build them out to fit nearly any production. Now that the Pocket 6K Pro is out it looks like there is going to be another wave of unique accessories and rigs for this model.

Looking for somewhere to start? The Savage Filmmaker has a new take on his DIY build which he claims is stronger and more flexible than before. It looks solid with points for microphones, SSDs, and battery power – some points you’ll want to address with these compact cameras.

Cages tend to make up the core of most “ultimate” rigs. Also, while there are some dedicated cages just now starting to come to market for the 6K Pro, you may prefer something a bit more universal or simply want to get started today.

For that, he opted for the SmallRig VersaFrame Cage. It can fit a ton of cameras, might be nice if you want something to work for multiple options you have in your kit.

You’ll want to build the cage up in a particular way. Start by mounting the bottom as usual. Then line up the side rail and finally put the top plate on. You’ll want to use the larger screw hole and use a screw with a larger top to safely attach it pieces. It should actually fit quite well.

Image Credit: Blackmagic Design

Moving back over to the side rail, you can attach a side handle to make it easier to operate handheld. On top, to attach your other accessories, we will start with a small NATO rail. From here you can attach a top handle and then use the other mounting points to attach anything else. Good examples are an SSD holder and a microphone mount.

The sky’s the limit. Mount a bigger battery up there, a special top handle, and plenty more. An alternate approach is to add some rods to the bottom of the cage and you can use that to attach a V-mount battery or matte box.

Anything else you might want to add?

[source: The Savage Filmmaker]

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