YouTube film director and cinematographer Tom Antos has created a DIY camera rig using various parts off of Amazon that he says turns any DSLR / DSLM camera into a proper video production tool. And best of all, the rig only costs $200.
Antos says the mission behind this project is to prove that “you can actually take one of these small and affordable still photo cameras … and turn it into a proper production video camera.” He also said that he wanted to overcome the key shortcomings that smaller cameras have, like their inability to connect to headphones and battery life, and do it on a budget.
He says he began with the cage of the rig. The cage that he got was from Viltrox and it cost him $55. “ …it’s a decent cage,” Antos admits, “what I mean by that is that it’s not perfect, but what I like about it is it has a lot of attachment points. It has a nice top handle up here, so you can use that to carry your whole rig comfortably and you can see everything kind of attaches securely to it.” He says the only thing he doesn’t like about it is the rod that it comes with, which he feels always become loose no matter how much he tightened it.
Antos says that once you have the actually cage, that is when you can start to add other accessories to the setup. What other accessories you add will depend on your needs, but Antos has a few recommendations: “One definite accessory I would recommend if you’re going to be using an external monitor is a proper magic arm to kind of connect [the monitor] to your entire rig.”
Antos does have extras attached his rig camera that would take you over the $200 budget, like the Atomos Ninja Inferno Recording Monitor, which is priced at $995. However Antos says that the point of this rig is to start with a basic rig and slowly build upon it. A monitor and recorder can be very useful, but a proper microphone is likely be a necessity. A seperate audio mixer or recorder may also be needed if you're using a mic with a XLR connection or if your camera has a shared microphone/headphone jack.
You can go to the video on YouTube to find the complete listing of what Tom Antos used to build his rig.