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  • BMPC4k Stabilizer

  • Dominic Asher

    March 5, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve owned a BCP4K for about a year now and am looking to get a stabilizer for it. My Budget isn’t great but I can make do it if I have to get something expensive. As long as it does the job. I know the camera a hulk of a camera and its weird shape makes it a stabilization nightmare. Any ideas of what I should get? I was looking into a Glidecam HD-2000 since I have used them before but I haven’t had any luck on finding anyone who has a well-balanced BMPC4k to Glidecam HD-2000 set up. A Gimbal is also a good option but again, can’t find any good sources. Any ideas on what I should get?

    Many thanks in advance.

  • Brad Hurley

    March 5, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I like glidecams, mainly because the footage looks a bit more natural and because it doesn’t require any batteries. I don’t have the Pocket 4K, but I have a rigged-up Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera that works really well on the top-of-the-line Devin Graham glidecam. I bought that version of the glidecam because it can carry more weight (I may eventually upgrade to an Ursa Mini) but mainly because it has only two adjustment knobs, which makes balancing a lot easier.

    The Micro has a much more compact form factor than the Pocket 4K, but there’s quite a bit of side-to-side positioning available in the balancing plate of the glidecam; if its center of gravity is more to the right or left I would think you should still be able to balance it.

    I use a relatively short prime wide-angle lens on my Micro when using it on the glidecam, and I mount the monitor on rails behind the camera to balance out the front-and-back weight. I tried mounting the monitor on the baseplate of the glidecam like you’re supposed to, but the monitor cable tends to get in the way or snag on things even if I tie it down.

    There’s quite a bit of discussion on the Blackmagic Design user forum (in the Cinematography section) on gimbals for the Pocket 4k. A Google search should turn up most of those threads.

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