VariZoom VZMEDIARIG DV Media Rig

VariZoom VZMEDIARIG DV Media Rig

VariZoom VZMEDIARIG DV Media Rig

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Product Highlights

  • Suspension Pod
  • Padded Shoulder Support
  • Quick Release Assembly
  • Adjustable Belt w/ Holster
  • 12 Pound Capacity
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VariZoom VZ-DV MEDIA RIG overview

  • 1Description

The VariZoom DV Media Rig is a camera stabilizer for Mini-DV camcorders and accessories weighing up to twelve pounds. It has three basic parts: the support pod, which carries and controls the camera, the abdominal support with spring loaded suspension pod, which bears most of the weight, and the shoulder arch with counterweight, which provides balance and stability. As a system, the DV Media Rig will enable you to shoot for longer periods of time, execute more fluid moves, and give your lightweight camcorder the inertial look of larger, heavier cameras.

Adjustable sliding top stage for uneven payloads
Comfortable abdominal support and spring-loaded suspension pod free hands to orient camera
Dual camera control handles for precise, steady guidance
Counter-weighted shoulder arch for balance and stability
UPC: 877038002548
In the Box
VariZoom VZMEDIARIG DV Media Rig
  • Support Pod
  • Shoulder Support
  • Quick Release
  • Belt with Holster
  • Counterweight
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    • 1Description

    VariZoom VZ-DV MEDIA RIG specs

    Payload Capacity 12.0 lb (5.4 kg)
    Extension 18.0-32.0" (45.7-81.3 cm)
    Weight 4.5 lbs (2.0 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.0 x 16.3 x 7.4"

    VariZoom VZ-DV MEDIA RIG reviews

    VZMEDIARIG DV Media Rig is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a bad rig for my HPX250 I tend to shoot run and gun outdoor performances and demonstrations. The 6ish pound Panasonic HPX250 is not much to carry, as long as I keep the lense really wide. But after an hour or two, fatigue does set in and the shots become less steady. The Varizoom renders my Panny weightless, no fatigue at all. On top of that, I can shoot steady medium shots and can go to longer shots if needed. However, I have not figured out how to walk steady with the rig. That part is not bad, but I'm still steadier holding the camera by hand if I'm walking. I'm not blaming the rig for this, though. It took some practice to walk handheld steady, so maybe my walking with this rig will improve.
    Date published: 2014-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poor Man's Steadycam I'm currently shooting a project that needs several moving shots. A steadicam was completely out of our budget so I went looking for a shoulder mount. Oddly enough good shoulder mounts for actual camcorders (We're shooting with a Panasonic AG HMC40) are rather hard to find as most are concentrating on the DSLR market now. I liked the motion features of this particular rig but was a little concerned about the weight limit of 7 lbs. The HMC40 is well under that but I'm running a full rig with follow focus and matte box so I'm over that limit. I found that it handles the extra weigh just fine and even if there were problems you can lock down the spring loaded support rod and turn it into a solid rig. There is still the tilt control at the handles which is more than most shoulder rigs have. You would only lose a little of the vertical rise at worst. The rig is solidly built and one of the most affordable shoulder mounts out there. I refer to it as my Poor Man's Steadicam. The promotional video at VariZoom really helped sell it to me. Check it out if you're interested in this rig.
    Date published: 2013-05-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from VZMediarig review I bought this product to distribute the weight of my Canon xf 300 so that I would not be hurting so much at the end of a day. The rig is amazing for that, however the belt that the rod fits into broke the first time out, and the tip of the rod bent.
    Date published: 2015-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed its tiring and cumbersome to have to hold a video camera of the size I own while capturing footage for a good length of time. This product addresses that issue. I would say it is one of the best stabilizers on the market and what is more appealing it is well priced! if your have a pro large video camera then do not bother looking further.
    Date published: 2014-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK For the price, nothing beats this rig (except maybe for the much more expensive steadycam rigs). I've used the VZ-LSP before this (for XL1s / XL2) and I've to say that the DV Media Rig is simply marvelous for wedding shoots (using XH-A1 right now). The adjustments are aplenty, simple, and on-the-fly types so fitting is superbly customizable. The counter weight works wonders, and the padding helps with hours-on-end shooting styles like weddings. Pros: (1) Multiple motion on-the-fly. (2) Very fluid motion. (3) Mre discreet than a steadycam (which is good in weddings). (4) Multiple adjustments to suit varying shooting styles. (5) Very comfortable (I can shoot with it 4-hrs straight... with a stiff back!). (6) Feels solid and sturdy. (7) Space for other gadgets (I attach a Canon controller and Varizoom LED Light battery adapter on mine). The only gripes I have are: (1) There is no resting hands-free capability like the LSP. I need to hold it at all times. In other words, (2) I wish the chrome/silver parts are black instead (more discreet). (3) The spring absorber axis (that meets the camera bar) needs a safety lock for assurance. Right now it just slots in with no locks (though I suspect this gives t that fluid motion). (4) I have to set-up the rig each and every time for each shoot because there is no case for its ready form. (5) I feel some small parts need a spare when purchasing new (like the arm washer) since although they are durable, they are small and can be lost. I love this rig and it has helped my production tremendously!
    Date published: 2009-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've got 3 of this and they'll still going This piece of equipment really has improved our productions. IT IS NOT A CHEAP STEADYCAM, please be aware that there are no springs on this. It's main function is to provide stability and rigidity to a small camera, and make it work like a big cinema or studio camera. Yet it will also help you keep the camera on your hands for all day long. It will work with any camera on the market and it can help you with tilt. No other shoulder mount will do. The monopod will help you maintain balance and help your hip support the camera. The weight in the back is the best thing that could help you maintain the camera less heavier in your hands. The very first i bought is still working, and it's 6 years old!!!!
    Date published: 2017-10-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great unit with a little tweaking I tried out several shoulder-mounted units at NAB this year and thought this was the best of the bunch. It is adjustible enough to accomodate the way I like to shoot. The flip-out monitor on my Canon XHA1s is so small that I have to use the viewfinder. With the rig I can get my eye right up to it, although my neck still gets stiff after a while. The rotating accessory mount is okay, but there's not enough room for an external monitor there. Mounting one on camera top would make it cumbersome and top-heavy. Varizoom should find a way to add more and different types of accessory mounts without adding much weight. I am able to mount a boom mic and a light without losing balance. The shock rod makes it possible to get really stable shots, but walking is still tough. A small zoom controller like the VZ Stealth works perfectly on one of the handle bars. Need to be careful when setting the unit down on a table with the camera mounted. The handle bars can fold under if the side knob is not tightened. In all, I would highly recommend this rig to those who can't afford a vest stabilizer. Anything to not have to shoot hand-held.
    Date published: 2010-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Shoulder Rig I've been looking for a shoulder rig for some time now for run-n-gun & event type work. I've been meticulously reading every review and watching every YouTube video on every rig that I could find. The VariZoom MediaRig has been on my short list for a while. So, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the MediaRig. And after using it a couple of times, I'm very happy with it. Naturally, everyone will have differing needs so a 'positive' to me might be a 'negative' to another. But, here are my lists of positives and negatives. And I will say that I don't have any strong negatives to report more like areas for improvement rather than outright negatives. Here they are: Positives: - Excellent build quality. Seems like it will stand the test of time and the parts that may not (spring-loaded pole, belt) are easily replaceable. - Substantial unit, without being overly large or weighty. Ok, some might find it weighty it does have a counter balance weight on the back but for me, a huge positive. When I put in on my shoulder and affix the pole, it feels solid. I've got several cameras I'll use on it (my trusty old Sony PMW-EX3, a DSLR and a newish Sony HXR-NX30.) I've added the Kessler quick release system to all so I can pop any camera on in an instant. - The spring-loaded pole really does a nice job absorbing some of the vertical movement when walking. Is it a full-on Steadicam experience? Um, no. Still, when I use the NX30 on the rig with Active Mode, the moving shots I'm getting are amazingly steady. For the $$, that camera can really deliver some great images in run-n-gun situations. Paired with the MediaRig, it's a dream. Made even better by adding an Atomos Ninja 2 for a more robust codec. - Nice touch on the horizontal bar, there is an accessory to allow you to mount things like lights or monitors. - The rig allows you to tilt up and down. Not a ton of range of motion but enough for most anything I'll run into. Also can tighten the tilt mechanism to lock it down if needed. - Very quick to get out of a bag and to get to shooting especially with a quick release plate, which is included (again I prefer the Kessler system.) - Although I haven't had the opportunity (will soon though) to shoot all day with it, it really seems that you could with a minimal amount of fatigue. Areas for Improvement: - Although it tilts up and down, it doesn't pan left and right. That, you have to do by moving your body. Not a huge deal but that's the design. - It would be VERY nice if the sturdy Velcro belt (that holds the spring-loaded pole) would have some accessory hooks (or rings something to which you could attach things like carabineers) on it. If it did, it would make it easier to hook an accessory bag (extra batteries, memory, etc.) I also hook a mic holster for my Rode Reporter mic and also a ripe-tie to hold a 20' coiled mic cable so I can quickly go into 'interview mode'. Now, I hook all these things to a belt underneath the VariZoom belt making it a bit more cumbersome. This would be highest on my wish-list to VariZoom. - Maybe add an optional quick-release safety strap from the shoulder mount that would wrap underneath the opposite armpit just in case the rig slipped off your shoulder in order to avoid a camera hitting the deck. Doesn't feel like this would typically happen but you can't be too careful in the field. All in all, I'm very happy with this purchase and would do it again.
    Date published: 2015-05-15
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