The first benefit of a DSLR rig is an obvious one. It will improve the ergonomics of your camera. Digital single lens reflex cameras are still designed, primarily, with the stills photographer in mind. For someone shooting video, handles and increased points of contact are essential to provide a comfortable shooting position and increased stabilization – especially when filming for long periods of time. Adding a DSLR rig to your camera will provide you with multiple handles and grips allowing you to hold the camera in different positions comfortably. Some DSLR Rigs come with a shoulder mount which will further increase stabilization.
The second benefit of a rig is that it will provide a level of protection for you camera. As a videographer your camera is your main source of income. It is the most important piece of your kit. Protecting it should be a priority. A high quality rig will provide a decent level of protection, were your camera accidentally to be knocked over. This is because most DSLR rigs are made from aluminum or high density plastics that extend far beyond the dimensions of the camera. Like a roll cage in a racing car protects the driver in a collision so too does a rig when your camera takes an unexpected knock.
The third benefit of making use of a DSLR rig is that it provides you with a platform for adding industry standard accessories. Like in all industries, there are always standards that help to simplify the trade. In the film industry the standard has always been a simple device consisting of two rods 15mm in diameter, 60mm apart. This provides you with a base to which you can add accessories, transforming your camera from a consumer luxury into a film making workhorse.
Fourthly, a DSLR rig will allow you to obtain shots never before possible. When the DSLR film making boom first started, most rigs were limited to rod supports, camera cages and perhaps a few handles. These days, the number of new accessories hitting the market every month is endless – and they are not just limited to ergonomic accessories. In recent years the market has been flooded with pieces of equipment focused more on dynamic image acquisition than just stabilization and comfort. Camera sliders, jibs, remote pan tilt heads and hand-held camera stabilizers are just a few of the rigs designed to provide unique and aesthetically pleasing camera movement to your shots. Never before have ordinary hobbyist and small business videographers been able to achieve such amazing footage on such a small budget as today.
Finally, a DSLR rig will give your company or studio a more professional image. Unfortunately the videography industry is an industry of perceptions. Your clients will arrive with certain perceptions of what you and your equipment should look like. If you or your gear don’t meet those perceptions, it could result in them doubting your ability and expertise, or worst case scenario, choosing a different service provider. A DSLR rig will give your camera a more professional appearance. In the competitive industry that videography has become first impressions carry more weight than ever before. Looking the part has become almost as important as fulfilling the part. A good, high quality rig will definitely increase your appeal amongst your clients.