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True Grip - A Truly Revolutionary Camera Cage

Modular and up-gradable camera cage for most 4K and HD mirrorless and DSLRs cameras with advanced options for the GH4 and GH3!

True Grip - A Truly Revolutionary Camera Cage

Modular and up-gradable camera cage for most 4K and HD mirrorless and DSLRs cameras with advanced options for the GH4 and GH3!

$3,074
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20
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 7 2015 5:16 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 14, 2017

About

UPDATE!!!  While we didn't reach our goal with this Kickstarter, please look for the TrueGrip V2 coming soon!  With greater compatibility and  a lower price point!  

TrueGrip - A REVOLUTIONARY NEW CAMERA CAGE for today's compact 4K and HD interchangeable lens cameras with relocatable grip option for the GH4 and GH3!

The TRUEGRIP is the result of years of refinements and modifications to several generations of camera cages used extensively in the field in numerous environments and conditions.  The initial versions were built using manually operated tools, where as the most recent prototypes have been created through high-precision 3D CAD software. The 3D drawings allow us to 3D print prototypes with incredible precision with very quick turn around times, allowing many generations of revisions and refinements - resulting in a user experience that feels truly well-thought out!

The cage and all of it's components will be CNC'd from high grade aluminum with a black anodized finish.  In designing each component, we sought high strength-to-weight ratios, keeping the cage incredibly light, yet strong and very capable.

The cage conforms to industry standards.  The hole spacing uses the industry standard 9mm center-to-center allowing compatibility with a range of other accessories.  And our attachments such as the wireless receiver mount and shogun mic mount have integrated anti-twist pins designed to work anywhere there are two 1/4" holes 9mm CTC - so compatible with a large range of manufacturers.  A few addtional 3/8" holes will be added that aren't seen in some of the prototypes here.  Rosettes on the relocatable grip kit use the standard ARRI design.

In addition, this cage is modular and upgradable - allowing compatibility with other cameras, by simply swapping the base plate and shoe mount.

Our TrueGrip Pro Kit - one of the three kit options available (see bottom of page).  Final design will have additional 3/8" holes, larger entry for top handle installation, and smoother/rounder edges.
Our TrueGrip Pro Kit - one of the three kit options available (see bottom of page). Final design will have additional 3/8" holes, larger entry for top handle installation, and smoother/rounder edges.

THE WORLD'S MOST FEATURE-RICH CAMERA CAGE!

20+ Main Features:

1) Complete unobscured access to the camera's native grip, controls, buttons, ports, and compartments.

2) Crazy light-weight at just under 1 pound (1/2 kg) in its basic configuration - yet still a full cage, not a half or partial cage.

10.9 Ounces or 308 grams.  *Note some pieces weighed here are 3D printed prototypes.  Actual aluminum parts will add approx 1 ounce / 30 grams.
10.9 Ounces or 308 grams. *Note some pieces weighed here are 3D printed prototypes. Actual aluminum parts will add approx 1 ounce / 30 grams.
3) Multiple anti-twist features keep the camera secure in the cage - A) two M4 screws that hug the front of the camera, B) non-rotating shoe mount, C) cutouts in base plate for nubs on bottom of camera, D) M4 female hole for optional registration pin under the camera (using optional M4 set/grub screw)

 4) Incredibly versatile and modular sliding top handle that can be positioned nearly anywhere on the top plate in 3mm increments - positionable in a parallel or perpendicular orientation to the optical axis with integrated anti-twist registration pins surrounding the 1/4" screw.

  • Two height options - via a 40mm or 80mm column.
  • Can even be used without the column for a super low profile handle.
  • Locked in place by a 1/4" thumbscrew.
  • Easily removed and/or re-positioned in seconds.  
  • Five threaded 1/4"x20 holes on the handle itself (used for securing the handle to column as well as securing other items onto the handle).
  • 1/4"x20 holes on handle riser column that are 9mm center-to-center - allowing various accesories to be mounted here such as wireless receiver brackets or our shotgun mic mount. 
  • Column can be rotated 90 degrees to place mounting holes on sides, rather than front and back.
  • High strength-to-weight ratio design.
The top handle can be secured in 3mm increments, allowing you to mount the handle where it's most balanced.
The top handle can be secured in 3mm increments, allowing you to mount the handle where it's most balanced.

5) Minimal yet highly effective cable locking mechanisms.  One design that can be used for any of the cables - micro-HDMI (GH4), mini-HDMI (GH3), 1/8" (3.5mm) mic input, and the 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone output. LCD screen can fully open without hitting cable locks and even still swivel with HDMI cable lock installed.

Left cage plate is designed at just the right distance to allow the port covers to be easily, yet securely tucked behind, allowing unobstructed use of the cable locks (see photo on the left below).

Notice in the photo on the right, that a 3rd cable lock is used to secure a cable out of the headphone jack and into the "cam in" on the Tascam 70d for monitoring what the camera is hearing through the Tascam's headphone port.
Notice in the photo on the right, that a 3rd cable lock is used to secure a cable out of the headphone jack and into the "cam in" on the Tascam 70d for monitoring what the camera is hearing through the Tascam's headphone port.

6) Robust, lightweight, and highly configurable wireless receiver mounts - featuring over-sized anti-twist pins and standard 1/4" x 20 slotted screws.  Available with 3 different spacer options to offset the mount from the cage - 1/8", 1/2", and 1".  Symmetrical design allows mount to be positioned in either direction and to have receiver mounted on the inside or on the outside of the mount.  Can be mounted anywhere there are two 1/4"x20 holes 9mm apart - so anywhere on the side or top plates, as well as to the top handle riser column.

Only some of the many possible placements for the wireless receiver mounts.  Shown here are 3D printed prototypes.  Actual mounts will be aluminum w/ stainless steel hardware.
Only some of the many possible placements for the wireless receiver mounts. Shown here are 3D printed prototypes. Actual mounts will be aluminum w/ stainless steel hardware.
Three offset options - 1/8", 1/2", and 1" allow placement of multiple receivers in close proximity of each other.
Three offset options - 1/8", 1/2", and 1" allow placement of multiple receivers in close proximity of each other.
Various components of receiver mounts and prototype double receiver bracket.
Various components of receiver mounts and prototype double receiver bracket.

7) Matching (symmetrical) 1/4" x 20 holes on the upper portion of the left and right plates allowing sleek and light external monitor and recorder yokes / arms.  We currently have a kit that includes 2 variable-position arms, 4 thumbscrews, and a friction washer/spacer kit.  This will allow compatibility with most 7" monitors that feature 1/4" holes on the sides. 

Currently in the R&D stages with planned production post-Kickstarter, are yoke/arm assemblies custom fit for the Atomos Shogun/Ninja Assassin, Odyssey 7Q series, and VideoDevices PixE series enabling a more robust and reliable solution than magic arms and ballheads.

Alternatively, there are plenty of options for mounting monitors and recorders with Israeli / mini-magic arms via 1/4" or 3/8" interface.
Alternatively, there are plenty of options for mounting monitors and recorders with Israeli / mini-magic arms via 1/4" or 3/8" interface.

8) Super low profile cold shoe tabs with registration pins (anti-twist) - allowing up to a whopping 7 shoe mounts to be added to the cage with virtually unnoticeable weight-gain.

Low-profile and customizable cold-shoe tabs
Low-profile and customizable cold-shoe tabs

9) Designed with audio in mind! Easily integrate any one of the readily available 2 and 4 channel digital recorders/mixers onto the cage.  The Tascam 70D integrates very easily while still keeping a low center of gravity and allowing full use of the top handle with the optional extended-length top-handle column.

10) Shotgun-mic extension arm - a two-position offset shotgun-mic mount with anti-twist integration. Can be mounted anywhere on the left or right plates, to the top handle, or anywhere there are two 1/4" holes 9mm apart.  Attach mic shock-mounts and mic clips with a 1/4" hole in the bottom or optionally you can attach a generic cold shoe.  Sloped groove keeps the mic from rotating once screwed in place.

11) Full access to the LCD screen and viewfinder.  Viewfinder can still be used with any number of accessories.  LCD screen can still be fully accessed and can still open and swivel completely with no interference from the the cage.

12) Modular design, allows future compatibility with other camera such as the Sony A7 series and Samsung NX series, by swapping the baseplate and shoe-mount.  Many other camera-specific cages out there on the market will never come close to working with cameras other than what they were designed for.  This is quite different with the TrueGrip!  We have already tested this to work with several other cameras and a potential stretch goal (or post Kickstarter) would be to start production on additional base plates for other cameras.

13) Relocatable grip option via electronics integration in the base plate.  Grip offers Record Start/Stop, control over aperture/iris, shutter speed, WB, ISO, EC, and options for push-AF, and a customizable Fn key, not to mention housing a second full battery.  Relocatable grip kit comes with wire harness for inside baseplate, a 2-piece articulating arm with Arri standard rosettes - 2 of which slide on the toothed arms allowing adjustable length, the grip interface plate, and the external wire harness from the cage to the grip interface.  You provide your own Panasonic or generic battery grip and simply attach it the the grip interface plate.  All parts of relocatable grip kit will be black anodized aluminum (except for knobs and electronics).

Relocatable grip kit available in limited quantity.
Relocatable grip kit available in limited quantity.

14) 1/4" and 3/8" tripod mounting holes prevents twisting on a tripod.

15) Countersunk M5 holes in the baseplate for future addition of a rod clamp.

16) Black Anodized 6000 series aluminum. Edges of side plates will have a 1/8" (3.175mm) radius/fillet as seen on the right plate in the silver aluminum prototype.

17) Stainless steel hardware - M4 fixing bolts, camera fixing bolt, shoe mount bolt, m4 anti-twist screws, cable lock mount screw and pinch screw, receiver mount screw, shotgun mount screws, shoe tab screw, top handle screws, etc.

18) Manufactured in the USA.  In New York by Candreva USA - A high-end premium manufacturer of advanced professional cinema gear and equipment. http://www.jccamerasystems.com/

19) Designed, machined, and tested by professionals in the television and film industry.  Sam has been the DP, producer, or camera operator for various television, web, and cinema productions, with a focus in the verite and docu-style.  Jim Candreva of Candreva USA, not only producers some of the finest machined cinema gear around, but also is a highly accredited 1st AC, recognized as one of the best in the industry!

20) Based on designs used extensively in rigorous conditions ranging from:

  • filming while traveling at over 40 knots in rough seas in small inflatable boats in the Antarctic
  • camping in the arctic - used in the freezing rain for over 12 hours straight a day for weeks on end
  • hot sandy conditions in the dead of night with IR illuminators and battery packs, audio gear, and shoulder straps attached to the cage
  • used in conjunction with a shoulder mount to film cyclists racing down steep island mountain roads, recording wireless audio feeds of coaches/supporters, while sitting on the back of a motorcycle

- and also in more controlled scenarios such as for sitdown interviews, newscasting, sports, chromakeying, and other misc studio productions.

Footage shot with cameras (GH1, GH2, GH3, GH4) mounted in these cages have shot some of the most epic and historical footage shown on television and  shared all over the web!  This camera rig can go wherever you take it.  Designed and built by shooters for shooters.

21) Utilization of 3D-printing for rapid-prototyping.  Some components in this rig have undergone over 20 generations of revisions.  Most prints have been made using a biodegradable corn starch based PLA plastic.

Truly one-of-a-kind design - no camera cage out there offers what this cage is able to do!

Risks and challenges

The main risk is designing a cage specific to two cameras. Fortunately these are cameras that are widely used and available. In the future we will allow for fitting of other camera makes swapping only the necessary modular component. Another risk is entering a market that is quite saturated with a lot of options, though fortunately, we feel our design is extremely well thought out and exceeds what other designs achieve making this simply the best cage out there!

Our intended retail price point may be a bit higher than some of the other cages out there, though this is because we did not choose to take short cuts and are keeping the manufacturing local and on a small run basis allowing for extremely high quality control. And when you consider the features and convenience that this rig provides, its value becomes very apparent. This is not only a cage, but a platform upon which can grow and evolve with you!

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