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Stratus BMPCC4K Camera Cage Setup | Ikan Tech Tip

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This is Brian with ikan and today I'm going to show you how to set up the new Stratus cage for the Blackmagic pocket Cinema Camera 4k right here in front of me I have everything that comes included with the cage So here we have the top handle, we have the included screws, we have the Samsung T5 SSD holder, we have our 200 by 15 millimeter rods, our 100 by 15 millimeter rods, our standard NATO rail, our arca-swiss quick release plate, and we have the meta bones support, we have the HDMI and USB c-clamp, this is our allen keys, we have our top rod mount, we have the cage frame, and then we have our base

Alright so first what we're gonna do is we're gonna go ahead and set up the arca-swiss plate on the bottom of the cage frame Okay so first you want to make sure that the location pins are placed inside of the cage frame at the bottom and then you want to go ahead and put your arca-swiss plate align it with the with the holes here and then go ahead and screw them in All right so what these location pins are gonna do is they're gonna go ahead and mount on the bottom of the camera here to make sure that whenever it's mounted into the cage frame that it doesn't rotate so that's very important to make sure that these that are they're mounted in the cage frame so what we're gonna do next is we're actually gonna go ahead and place the camera inside of the cage frame So we're gonna go ahead and put it in there and then you're going to grab your quarter twenty screw and you're going to mount it at the bottom of the camera Okay and then now I'm going to go ahead and put the other quarter twenty screw, I'm going to put it at the top of the camera Next I'll show you how to mount the top handle

So there's two ways you can mount the top handle You can either choose to use the included top rod mount so if you want to use like a 15 millimeter rod system and you want to mount some you know wireless motors or you want to mount any kind of follow focus system to the top rods you can use the rod mount or if you don't want to use the rod mount you can just mount the NATO rail straight on to the to the top of top plate of the cage frame So today we're gonna be showing how to set up the full cage so I'm gonna go ahead and mount the the top rod mount to the top of the cage frame first So I'm going to go ahead and get the hex screw and screw it into the top of the cage frame And then I'm going to go ahead and mount the NATO rail to the top rod mount So you can do that just by simply screwing in the hex screws to the top of the top rod mount Now that the top rod mount and the NATO rail are mounted we can go ahead and mount our top handle

So to do that we're gonna go ahead and place it onto the NATO rail and then we're gonna go ahead and rotate this clockwise until it's tightened and then you have your top rod mount Now the benefit of this top handle is that you can actually you know mount a 15 millimeter rod in the at the very front of the top handle so that way if you want to use like an external monitor you can do that as well You can also mount a 15 millimeter rod inside of the top handle as well So next we're gonna go ahead and mount the base to the arca-swiss mount So to do that all you got to do is make sure that the base the arcus twist mount on the base is all the way extended and you can go ahead and just simply put the arca-swiss plate over the arca-swiss mount and then just rotate this clockwise until it's tightened and then it's already mounted

Next we're gonna go ahead and mount the rods So to do that you simply put the rods into the rod mount and you just slide it in tighten it It also comes with rod extensions so you can either if you have like a battery plate in the back you can use your rod extensions by just screwing them into the back or the front of the the rods to use this rod extensions or you could use these as your top rods if you wanted to do that instead So you could just get these and then mount them here and then just tighten it there and in case you want to have like a you know a monitor or a follow focus system So we'll go ahead and mount those there or you can use these here on the on the top handle as well if you want to mount like a small monitor or an EVF

Also the top handle has a cold shoe mount so you can mount you know like a microphone or microphone receiver And so next we're going to go ahead and set up the SSD holder So this can be mounted anywhere along the side here All you have to do is just align the screw holes and just simply screw them in Okay so next I'm going to show you how to mount the Samsung T5 SSD drive into the SSD holder here

So the reason why you would want to use this is so that in case you want to you know use the record externally on to the SSD drive you know you can just easily mount it onto the cage So to do that all you do is simply slide it in and you tighten it and and that's it And then it's already mounted So next I'm going to show you how to mount the USBC and HDMI cable clamp So in order to do that you want to make sure that the rubber covers of the HDMI and USB C are opened and then you want to go ahead and mount the cable clamp in there

And then when you plug in the USB C to the drive All right and then you're going to go ahead and plug the other end into the USB C port of the camera and then to clamp it all you do is just simply tighten this screw here and then it'll clamp it down and protect it So if you want to use an external monitor with an HDMI port on it all you have to do is just plug the HDMI cable into the camera and then you just go ahead and clamp it down just like the USBC cable and that way the HDMI cable and the USBC cable are both protected All right so if you're using the meta bones adapter with this camera we also have a meta bone support that you can mount right below the lens So to mount that you would just simply use these two screw threads here and just screw in the meta bone support

okay so once you have the meta bone support mounted all you have to do is just align the screw with the screw thread of the meta bones adapter and then simply just screw it in and then you're gonna tighten it with this screw this thumb screw right here And then it's already fastened So another feature I would like to talk about is the the dovetail mount that we have So this is actually gonna fit onto any 19 millimeter ARRI standard dovetail So all you have to do is just simply slide it on and then lock it with this thumb screw right here and then you can use it with any already ARRI 19 millimeter dovetail

So that is the Stratus cage for the Blackmagic pocket Cinema Camera 4k So for more information please check out ikancorpcom

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