Tested: Assembling a VR 180 Camera Rig!

Tested: Assembling a VR 180 Camera Rig!

September 17, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


hey folks my name is Joey I am a video
team member here at test comm and today I wanted to introduce you to a new
camera that we been playing with this is the zk m k1 pro this is kind of a unique
camera in that it’s a 180 degrees stereoscopic camera that we’ve been
using for testing out on the VR platform to make VR videos you can see it’s got
two lenses here that help in after you stitch it in
post-production you get a 180 degree of view now we have been shootin a bunch of
different stuff like with this camera and it has some considerations in how
its rigged so I wonder what kind of walkthrough we’ll talk more about this
camera later on and it’s Bex and what it does but I for this video I just wanted
to walk through how we rigged up a camera like this because it’s not unlike
rigging up a DSLR or cinema purposes or even like some like an Alexa Mini they
all kinda have a similar way in which you approach rigging it this has some
special considerations and that it’s 180 degrees which means it sees up down left
right but the up down means you can’t just throw it on a tripod as you’ll see
the tripod legs hanging out so it’s a little bit of problem-solving so I just
kind of want to sit down and and rig this up we have this camera we have the
Sennheiser ambi OVR mic this is a microphone that records in spatial audio
so that as you’re turning your head while you’re watching this video the
noises will be coming from the direction that they’re supposed to be it you can
see records in four channels it’s got microphones kind of setup but it records
out to four channels which means that that’s another consideration we’re gonna
need something like the zoom F fades I mean then we can record for channels and
also taking a v for the love of Mike that would be having on a subject so
with these things in mind I’m going to grab much of my bins I have a bunch of
stuff behind me all my different camera rails camera rigs base plates all set up
I’m just gonna lay up with two things and see how we can rig this stuff up for
a full day of production in the way that we need this camera its operate so let’s
get to it all right here we go here is a bunch of
stuff that I pulled from the bins from other camera rigs and just laid it out
on the table here to try and come up with a solution for this so let’s start
with kind of the way I usually always start when I’m looking at a camera to
rig is the base plate this is a tilting Universal base plate this will be this
will be kind of what is what is gonna be in the middle of the whole rig this is
kind of built for the shoulder I correctly use this for shoulder because
that’s gonna be crazy on VR so it’s gonna pre-much stay locked into this
plate and this plate will just go right at the tripod so let’s start here we
like I said we need to pull this camera out a little further to not see the
tripod legs so I just gathered a bunch of these 50 millimeter rails these are
pretty standard when it comes to rigging up cameras they often will hold matte
boxes or have lens support full of focus a lot of things attach on to 50,000,000
15 millimeter rails like these so let’s put on this size and I don’t think it’s
like a 12 inch or so that would give us some room to mount the camera on the end
before you get to that let’s work on the back of this as well so I got these
smaller ones these are like 4 inches or so these will hold both the plate for
the battery and also kind of act as a counterweight you’re gonna have a lot of
weight sitting on the front of this thing with a camera so we’re gonna want
a little bit of counterweight in the back this is a battery plate that uses
the the V mount batteries v locks here and then you get options for D taps out
12 volts USB charger phone with that let’s mount this guy here and again this
is all stuff that I’ve used on like my gh 5 rig or black magic rig I’m just
kind of repurposed for this let’s say let’s throw a battery on there this one
battery is 95 watt hour so you can travel with these and anything above 100
is usually a little trickier but we’re gonna be doing some flying for testing
this out so I want to make sure this is all it’s gonna fit into a carry-on and
have no problems with TSA or any of the airline requirements best stuff so let’s
think ahead before I put the camera on we’re gonna need to mount this
Sennheiser microphone on it now this is a
this is some random little piece of something I have I think it’s mainly for
DSLR to put two rails in here mount a DSLR in the middle here and then you
have room for two rails here we can do other things I think I haven’t used this
in a very long time but we’ll use this as our as our piece
that will hold the microphone I can do boom microphone or this ambulance us a
grip here speak to that let’s actually let’s mount this little handle on as
well this is a this is just a wooden handle that you can apply into a cage so
that gives you something to hold on to let’s put this on the back of this alright there we go there’s um they’ll
give us two points to hold on to as we move this camera around let’s throw this
Ambu mic somewhere this is a little 15 millimeter rail that I used a like a
screw joiner here and screw it on to a boom mic holder so if we just loosen
this guy we can put slide that right in there and now this has a front obviously
it’s spacial so it needs to know which side is forward and backwards and such
okay so there we go there is a microphone a battery we’re going to need
to mount the f8 I’m going to use this middle base plate to hold the zoom f8
this is where the camera be we usually would usually be mounted too but because
the f8 is so heavy I want this to land right in the middle of the tripod and
lock it in there alright well there we go we get something happening now we’re
gonna need to have a love mic like I said so let’s put this right on top of
the zoom now we can work on the camera so the camera does have a chorus thread
at the bottom for tripod plates I’m assuming but we’re going to need to put
that can take in the rails so what I have is this little small rig rail slash
know that guess it’s just for pulling other accessories onto your rail so
let’s go ahead and mount this on we get started looking camera somewhat alright
there is our main rig we’re gonna need to do is start adding some power like I
said I wanted to power everything so everything needs to come from this V
mount battery plate so let’s let’s get cabling going all right there we have it there is
there is our rig as you can see it’s much bigger than just the camera but
like I said we need this when you need this audio gear attached on we do need
to power all this stuff so let me kind of run through the power lines here oh
we got D taps coming out of the V mount we got one D tap going into the power
supply for the zoom f8 we have the USB that I talked about earlier powering
this love Mike and then we have D taps coming out of the of the plate here
powering the Z cam k1 Pro now this whole this one battery here will probably last
us all day long I can just do a full charge on one and have it on set pretty
much turning on the start of the day turn it off at the end of the day I’ll
probably travel with a few of these just as a precautionary measure but I trust
this battery to be running all this stuff for the whole remainder of the
shoot and then as far as cable management goes it’d probably be a
little cleaner I have just everything Bongo tied on to the rails itself to
stay out of the way here’s our little handles for moving this around we take
it off the camera take out the tripod with the universal or with the the
quick-release in the universal plate set it aside you know you know set it down
and the footprint we need and then we do a lot of tape measuring to figure out
the distances there there you go there is a production-ready K 1 ZK mk1 Pro
with spatial audio ready to capture some VR video for our testing and again this
is not unlike how you would rig up other cinema cameras this is very similar to
how I have some of my shoulder cam cinema stuff for the gh 5 just with the
camera pulled in a matte box put at the end all the stuff is you know it’s very
Universal when it comes to reading the cameras when you have a shoot you kind
of you have to see what you need and then build your camera rig based off of
that to make a suitable raid that will work all day long for your production
there you guys go I know it’s a little bit of a different kind of video but
thank you for watching us put together this camera
we’ll have more on this ZK mk1 Pro and maybe this audio microphone as well and
probably this whole setup will do much more once we’ve done testing the VR
stuff we will have a little more to talk about until then I will see you guys
next time thank you for watching I better go get shooting thanks like hey
everybody norm here I got an update for you for that video you just watch since
Joey put together that camera rig he and I have actually been traveling across
the United States visiting makers and filming them in VR
180 video we’ve documented the spaces they work in their projects their build
processes telling their stories in an eight part series that we partner with
oculus to launch and what we’re calling tested VR it’s available to download and
watch a day for free on the oculus quest and oculus go headsets we’d love for you
to check it out and let us know what you think and Joey’s gonna follow up with
more thoughts about that production process in the future hope you enjoy and
see you in the headset