Camera Rigs – Why Vloggers and Filmmakers Need to Know
Most of today’s successful vloggers and filmmakers understand that great content – in other words, great videos – are their lifeblood. In order to create interesting, engaging, high-quality videos, it’s important that you have access to cameras, lighting, and camera rigs that won’t break the bank. The following information can help you understand the benefits of camera rigs so you can make the best buying decisions.
What Are Camera Rigs?
Camera rigs are accessories that provide you with incredible flexibility in the way you mount and move your camera. Most are designed in such a way that you can attach not only your camera, but also your must-have accessories that you need to produce your films. In some cases, such as when you have a top-of-the-line DSLR camera, camera rigs make your life simpler. In other words, they serve as quality of life improvements that can save you time and frustration. In other cases, such as when you are using a compact mirrorless camera, these camera rigs become necessities due to their ability to improve ergonomics, sound quality, and more.
Building vs. Buying
In some cases, vloggers have built their own camera rigs utilizing generic cages. They’ve added things like lens support (for that large telescopic lens), shoulder pads, monitor mounts, shoe mounts, handles, and myriad other things designed to make their experiences better. However, unless you have a great deal of knowledge, and unless you have access to thrift store prices, you may end up working harder and paying more for camera rigs that aren’t as stable or high-quality as the ones you can buy outright. If you’re a new vlogger with limited camera experience, building a rig is not recommended.
How to Buy the Right Camera Rigs
Before you can choose the right camera rigs for your needs, it’s important to think about your vlogging or filmmaking style and the type of content you produce (or aim to produce). For example, if you’re a beauty vlogger, most of your videos might be filmed close-up while you are sitting or standing in a stationary position. On the other hand, if you’re a sports or outdoor hobby vlogger, you’ll need something that can stand up to the “run-and-gun” style – something that comes with stabilization and balance. Finally, if you’ll have someone else filming you as you go about your vlogging, a shoulder rig is probably going to be your best bet.
Buying Your First Rig
Now that you understand the purpose of a camera rig and the benefits associated with buying one rather than attempting to build it, you might be curious about where to start. A flexible camera rig is always a great choice since it fits a wide variety of cameras and adjusts to your needs. If you’ll want something heavy duty that can hold numerous accessories in your filming studio, then a larger camera cage is a better choice.
If you want to take your vlogging or filmmaking game to the next level and improve the quality of content you provide to your followers, or if you just want to make sure that your very first vlog is as awesome as it can possibly be, make sure that you’ve chosen not only the best camera for your needs, but also the right accessories – and the right camera rig to keep them all secure.