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Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig

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Product Highlights
  • Battery-Powered Belt Drive System
  • Controls Focus & Zoom at Variable Speeds
  • Integrated Control Switches on Handles
  • 2nd Set of Switches Located at the Rear
  • Friction-Contact Drive Belts
  • Compatible with Most Lenses
  • Height-Adjustable Baseplate
  • 3-Door Matte Box
  • 5 lb Counterweight
  • Tripod-Mount Threads Underneath

The Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig features a battery-powered focus and zoom belt drive system, a height-adjustable baseplate, 3-door mattebox, and 5 lb counterweight. Integrated thumb switches on the handles control the drive belts at variable speeds dependant on the pressure you apply. A second set of identical switches is located on a rear-mounted component and enables comfortable control when you have the rig mounted on a tripod. The baseplate and shoulder pad both have 1/4" tripod-mount threads underneath.

Two, rubber, friction-contact drive belts are included (one for focus, one for zoom) and are suitable for any pitch size. Two stretch bands are included for smooth focus and zoom rings. These bands enwrap the rings and provide the drive belts with the grip necessary for friction. The motor wheels that drive the belts are shift-adjustable to enable compatibility with most all lens sizes. If you use a fixed focal lens, you're free to employ only one belt.

The main rods are 15mm in diameter and 22" long, and the rig is approximately the same length. The hand grips and shoulder pad are cushioned. The baseplate features a 1/4" camera mounting screw and is suitable for DSLRs and larger cameras. Coiled cables, two lithium-ion batteries (one a spare), and a charger are included for powering the system.

Motorized Focus & Zoom System
  • Battery-powered focus and zoom belt drive system
  • Integrated thumb switches on the handles control focus and zoom at variable speeds
  • A 2nd set switches is located at the rear and enables control when the rig is tripod-mounted
  • The drive belts work by friction-contact and are suitable for any pitch size
  • Two stretch bands are included to provide friction for smooth focus/zoom rings
  • The motor wheels that drive the belts are shift-adjustable to enable compatibility with most all lens sizes
  • The system is capable of running only one belt for fixed focal lenses
Other Features
  • A height-adjustable baseplate features a 1/4" camera screw and is suitable for DSLRs and larger cameras
  • 3-flag mattebox
  • 5 lb counterweight
  • Cushioned hand grips
  • The baseplate and shoulder pad both have tripod-mount threads underneath
  • 15mm 22" long main rods
  • Two lithium-ion batteries and a charger
Rods 15 mm diameter
Main set is 22" long (56 cm)
Set attached to baseplate is approx. 6" long (15 cm)
Weight Capacity 30 lb (13.6 kg)
Material Anodized aluminum rig, rubber timing belts and stretch bands
Dimensions Including counterweight and with the matte box removed:
Approx. 24 x 15 x 7" (61 x 38 x 18 cm)
Weight Without counterweight: 6 lb (2.7 kg)
With counterweight: 11 lb (5 kg)
Counterweight: 5 lb (2.7 kg)
Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig
  • 22" Pair of 15mm Rods (56 cm)
  • Approx. 6" Pair of 15mm Rods (15 cm)
  • Rod Mount Shoulder Pad
  • Height-Adjustable Baseplate with 1/4" Stud
  • Matte Box
  • 5 lb Counterweight (2.26 kg)
  • 2 x Cushioned Hand Grips
  • Control Module & Cables
  • 2 x Electric Motors
  • 2 x Drive Belts
  • 2 x Friction Stretch Bands
  • 2 x 2200mAh Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VidproMR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig
     
    4.1

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Improves performance (5)
    • Professional quality (5)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (7)
      • Complex projects (4)
      • In the studio (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (4), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Cool Idea, Good Rig

      The price point was the main reason I bought this unit. Took some jobs that called for DSLR video and needed to pull a rig together quickly. I shoot with video cameras primarily,...Read complete review

      The price point was the main reason I bought this unit. Took some jobs that called for DSLR video and needed to pull a rig together quickly. I shoot with video cameras primarily, so I was attracted to the idea of motorized zoom and focus. I've had this rig for a couple months now and have customized it in a few ways. It's serving me quite well, but the major thing I altered is that I took the motors off altogether. In theory, the motorized zoom and focus is a great idea and worked perfectly fine when I had my Canon 70-200 lens mounted up. That lens' zoom and focus rings moves so nice and smoothly that the motors and the belts handled it just fine. But when I mounted the 24-70, it was a different story. The belts would slip and it took a good bit of finicking around with motor positioning and leverage to get it to work. I never got the belts fully functioning with that lens. I even added a lens support (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/766932-REG/Cavision_R15_LS25100T_Lens_Support_with_Trimmer.html) underneath to get some counter-leverage going so the belts could get really tight. It ended up just being easier to go out in the field without motors at all. Perhaps those components will come in handy for something very specific. Since this rig uses standard rod sizes, I customized it with lots of add ons for 1/4-20 mounts, cold shoes, etc. Fully loaded, its got my 5D mk III, a Small HD monitor, a Zoom h4n, a couple Sennheiser Receivers, and a nice handle to pick it up off the ground and carry it while not shooting. VidPro customer service has been great. The front cross-rod that has the handles on it started to get loose on my third or fourth shoot. When I took it apart and tried to tighten the allen-screw that would tighten it up, the screw head snapped off and the rod fell out of its fixture. I called VidPro a few times and finally got in touch with Joseph who sent me a new cross bar right away. I really appreciated that. Overall, this unit is fine. I might not be using the motors, but those canon-style batteries and charger come in handy all the time.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Controversial

      As much as a great idea this is, the counterweight seems to be an overkill, resulting in back pains after shooting. I was shooting a performance on stage and after 20 mins it...Read complete review

      As much as a great idea this is, the counterweight seems to be an overkill, resulting in back pains after shooting. I was shooting a performance on stage and after 20 mins it really started to hurt.

      Also, my motor came with the malfunction - focusing option will only turn one way, not the other. And one dead battery out of 2 in the box. Perhaps the lucky "666" number on the receipt has something to do with this. Or not.

      The ribbons to go around the lens and a motor don't always stick to the lenses and as a result won't turn properly. But it does seem to be a great idea to have all these zooming/focusing options.

      Also, I couldn't figure out how to attach a mattbox. There are no additional instructions in the box on that matter, and it could be really confusing.

      Too bad I'm in Canada and an exchange for a proper item seems to be a problem.

      But if you're strong and don't care about your back, I'll probably recommend it.

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      4.0

      Great Rig, Makes shooting on the go easy

      By CJ

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Church Video Team, Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Prosumer Level Projects

        Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

        We use this rig at our church to make our own commercials for events we do. We do a lot of moving shots and this makes it so much easier then holding and trying to get a good shot. The motorized zoom & focus are perfect for action shots and give me the ability to move with the subject and keep it in focus and have the zoom where I want it. I havent used the counter weight because it seems like the rig is perfect without it and it seems like it would add a lot of extra weight if we added it.

        The only issue with the rig that we have is that bands that move the focus and zoom dont always work 100%. We use Canon 60D's and sometimes we have issues where it slips and we have to retighten it again. So thats why we only gave it 4 stars.

        Overall though we are very happy with the rig and very glad we purchased it.

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        5.0

        Light weight and great performance

        By Mirmipav

        from Santiago, Chile

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

          Solves the problem of carrying heavy equipmemt. Well priced. Excellent performance

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Lots o' Fun

          By Editor

          from United States

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Compatibility

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

          I like the look and feel when carrying this around with the camera attached. I am able to adjust the rig for the fold out screen on my camera is the well lined and perfectly distanced from my eye. I have not used the motors on an actual lens yet, but both of them seem powerful. My only two complaints is that one of the motors is loud while the other is pretty silent. And the blinders to not fit around my camera/lens with the settings available. It's sits too high to fit around my lens accurately. I found it easier on the arms to use the included 5lb weight attachment.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The Good and Bad

          By SpiderWayne

          from Walnut Creek CA

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Additional Rear Switches
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance

          Cons

          • Replacement Bands

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio
          • When Working Alone

          Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

          - The Good -I work alone most of the time so having this unit is like having an extra set of hands for focusing and exposure or zooming. I use mine with Rokinon Cine lens.The motors are very smooth and super quiet. I record to a separate sound device but if I did use my Nikon D810 on board mic I don't think it would be a problem.There is also a separate switch to control the motors in the back end of the shoulder rig which makes it nice to leave the camera on the rig and put the rig onto a tripod and still use the controls that way. Just add a quick release plate like the Manfrotto 577 to it.- The Bad - First, (note this can be the same with any shoulder rig) with everything mounted it can get pretty heavy. Still usable but I feel like it might become a problem on a long shoot. Second, it comes with actually more bands than what is listed but once they are gone it was tough to find replacements. I contacted BH Photo and they suggested I go to VidPro. I'm glad that BH gave me their url because google'ing it didn't work. BTW VidPro said they have them and will sell them to me when needed. BTW their address is vidprousa.com.Third, and this is my biggest problem with the unit, I wish the teeth on the bands were a little deeper. When using them with my cine lens they tend to not bite down good and slip off sometime. The friction bands help and maybe with a little more practice I'll find a good spot that will always work but for now I have to keep an eye on it.- The Good (again) - The bands work great with all my other lens.Despite the cons mentioned above I still really like this unit and think it's a must have for anyone that works alone.

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          4.0

          Solid Overall, but a little Clunky

          By The Shredder

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects

          Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

          Overall, I would be surprised if you can get better for the price. The rig is solidly built with all metal components, except for the plastic control unit for the switches and servos.

          The servos are strong and do not slip. We have had great luck so far using the unit with our BlackMagic Cinema Camera.

          Couple bad points are that the instructions for putting it together are poor, but if you're smart you can figure it out. Also, I really wish the primary rails were longer. It was really a squeeze to get the weight plate and control unit installed with still enough room for the shoulder pad, but we're big boys.

          This rig is really meant for DSLR cameras, but with a few DIY mods like gaffing a weight plate to the back and maybe adding an articulating arm to the front for accessories, you could probably use this with most cameras lacking auto focus and zoom features.

          Overall, very solidly built and functional rig with its quirks. You will be hard-pressed to find something of similar quality for the price.

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          4.0

          Great rig for the price

          By Thom

          from Meridian, ID

          About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

            For the price I was not really expecting much. However, I was pleasantly surprised. the overall quality was good, and it is very stable. It took a little time to get it set up the way that was most comfortable for me, but there are plenty of adjustments which allows you to dial it in just the way you want it. The motors are relatively quiet, especially at the lower speeds. If you run the motors on high speed, don't plan on using the camera audio. Although, if you are going to run a rig like this, you would want to be using a cordless or shotgun mic anyway, so that's not an issue. The only things I can criticize are the mattbox, which is really flimsy, and does not have filter capabilities, and the zoom motor does not have enough umph to drive the zoom. Here again, that is not a feature I would use on a regular basis. The drive motor for the follow focus is plenty powerful enough. It has the capability to mount on a tripod, so I don't have to disassemble it to use it in the studio. It also works very well for location shooting in tight places.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Amazingly Uncomplicated.

            By Mc6guiver

            from Farmington Hills, MI

            About Me Editor, Producer, Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

              This is my first rodeo with setting up a cine rig so anything would be "new" to me. However when I started putting it together, it all made complete sense. The lens motors are very small and so powerful it is hard to stall them out. It would be nice to have a third channel for Iris control though. The machining on the parts is very smooth and everything aligns so perfectly, one would think it was a very expensive piece of gear. Nice job, VedPro. The extra battery is a nice touch also. It would be nice to see a little better tripod mount though. What is there is adequate but not convienient to install a quick release from a tripod. Maybe next model. I use this for a BMCC and don't plan on taking it off the tripod for the forseable however, one of these days . . . . . If I needed another, I would most like get this rig.

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              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              DSLR rig

              By TP

              from Raleigh, NC

              About Me Business Owner

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

                use with d600

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                • No

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Controversial

                By NIka

                from Toronto, Canada

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Performance

                Cons

                • Heavy Counterweight
                • Limited Compatibility

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

                As much as a great idea this is, the counterweight seems to be an overkill, resulting in back pains after shooting. I was shooting a performance on stage and after 20 mins it really started to hurt.

                Also, my motor came with the malfunction - focusing option will only turn one way, not the other. And one dead battery out of 2 in the box. Perhaps the lucky "666" number on the receipt has something to do with this. Or not.

                The ribbons to go around the lens and a motor don't always stick to the lenses and as a result won't turn properly. But it does seem to be a great idea to have all these zooming/focusing options.

                Also, I couldn't figure out how to attach a mattbox. There are no additional instructions in the box on that matter, and it could be really confusing.

                Too bad I'm in Canada and an exchange for a proper item seems to be a problem.

                But if you're strong and don't care about your back, I'll probably recommend it.

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Product!

                By AK

                from Kansas City, MO

                About Me Career

                Pros

                • High Quality
                • Quality Build

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use

                  Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

                  We bought three of these for use with our Sony FS-100's with Sigma 50-500mm lenses. They are very well built and very solid. For the price, I expected something with cheaper construction, but I found the build quality to be very good. The Matte Box is rather plasticy, but other than that, it is a really solid product. They are highly adjustable and you can even use the individual components to construct all sorts of rigs. Our rigs are not quite configured to the way outlined in the directions or the picture, but our own modifications to the set-up still work great. With manual lenses with no auto-focus, I had been looking everywhere for some sort of motorized follow focus that wouldn't break the bank, and these worked out just right. Overall, a great product.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
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                  • No

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Cool Idea, Good Rig

                  By Patrick

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Documentary Shooter, Dslr Beginner, Filmmaker, Run Gun

                  Pros

                  • Customer Service
                  • Universal Rod System

                  Cons

                  • Concept Execution

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig:

                    The price point was the main reason I bought this unit. Took some jobs that called for DSLR video and needed to pull a rig together quickly. I shoot with video cameras primarily, so I was attracted to the idea of motorized zoom and focus. I've had this rig for a couple months now and have customized it in a few ways. It's serving me quite well, but the major thing I altered is that I took the motors off altogether. In theory, the motorized zoom and focus is a great idea and worked perfectly fine when I had my Canon 70-200 lens mounted up. That lens' zoom and focus rings moves so nice and smoothly that the motors and the belts handled it just fine. But when I mounted the 24-70, it was a different story. The belts would slip and it took a good bit of finicking around with motor positioning and leverage to get it to work. I never got the belts fully functioning with that lens. I even added a lens support (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/766932-REG/Cavision_R15_LS25100T_Lens_Support_with_Trimmer.html) underneath to get some counter-leverage going so the belts could get really tight. It ended up just being easier to go out in the field without motors at all. Perhaps those components will come in handy for something very specific. Since this rig uses standard rod sizes, I customized it with lots of add ons for 1/4-20 mounts, cold shoes, etc. Fully loaded, its got my 5D mk III, a Small HD monitor, a Zoom h4n, a couple Sennheiser Receivers, and a nice handle to pick it up off the ground and carry it while not shooting. VidPro customer service has been great. The front cross-rod that has the handles on it started to get loose on my third or fourth shoot. When I took it apart and tried to tighten the allen-screw that would tighten it up, the screw head snapped off and the rod fell out of its fixture. I called VidPro a few times and finally got in touch with Joseph who sent me a new cross bar right away. I really appreciated that. Overall, this unit is fine. I might not be using the motors, but those canon-style batteries and charger come in handy all the time.

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                    • Business
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                    • No

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