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PortaBrace DC-3VB Director's Case (Black)

PortaBrace DC-3VB Director's Case (Black)
Key Features
  • Holds up to a 17" Laptop
  • Holds Needed Accessories for a Director
  • 1000-Denier Cordura Nylon Exterior
  • Two Interior Compartments
The black Porta Brace DC-3VB Director's Case is a briefcase and computer case combined to hold a laptop and scripts for field production. There is a compartment that protects a laptop up to 17" and a compartment to hold scripts and papers.
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PortaBrace DC-3V Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Case Basics
  • 3Material
  • 4Compartments
  • 5Pockets
  • 6Product Highlights
  • 7Carrying Options

The black Porta Brace DC-3VB Director's Case is a briefcase and computer case combined to hold a laptop and scripts for field production. There is a compartment that protects a laptop up to 17" and a compartment to hold scripts and papers.

The case has openings for running cables, and a computer visor to shade the laptop screen from sun and unanticipated field conditions. Carrying options include two handles with a suede leather-covered grip, and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap with a suede leather-covered pad.

Case Basics

  • Fits laptop computer with a screen up to 17"
  • Holds essential items used by a director on location
  • Internal visor shades laptop screen from sun and unanticipated field conditions


  • 1000-denier Cordura nylon
  • Padded interior


  • Interior compartment protects a laptop while allowing cables to run through the case
  • Roomy outside flap compartment with lots of room for file folders, scripts, proposals, note pad, and other items


  • Large exterior zipper pocket to keep a clipboard or notebook ready at hand
  • Small slip pocket at the rear
  • Interior and exterior pencil pockets
  • Pocket for small tools

Product Highlights

  • Piece of hook-and-loop fastener tape to secure a calculator.
  • Optional Script and Tech modules have been designed for increased organizing efficiency. Both the modules zip and hook into the Director's case for compact storage and are removable for lightweight, compact carrying.

Carrying Options

  • Two carrying handles with suede leather-covered overlapping grip.
  • Heavy-duty, removable, adjustable shoulder strap with suede leather-covered non-slip pad.
UPC: 877547014605

PortaBrace DC-3V Specs

MaterialExterior: 1000-denier Cordura nylon
Interior: Padded
Type of ClosureZipper
Exterior DimensionsNot specified by manufacturer
Interior Dimensions (LxWxH)17 x 5 x 13" / 43.18 x 12.7 x 33 cm
Accommodates17" laptop
Carrying/Transport OptionsTwo carrying handles
Shoulder strap
Weight5.1 lb / 2.31 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19 x 14.7 x 5.1"

PortaBrace DC-3V Reviews

Must Have Bag!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-17

As a photographer shooting mainly commercial projects, I'm constantly outdoors and in areas where lights are reflecting off my screen when I shoot tethered for client preview. The built-in visor solves all of this nicely! The interior pockets solved my vast collection of cables, external hard drives, power supply, iPad, etc. The little zipped pocket is best for my travel earbuds as the rubber earpieces inevitably fall off and I have to go fish for them at the bottom of my bag. Problem solved. The exterior zippers are the best! They allow you to zip past the bottom and underneath allowing the briefcase to completely open like a piece of traditional luggage. This comes in handy when doing inventory of your expensive peripherals electronics pre/post production. The extra long orange colored cords attached to the zipper tabs are easy to find too. The well-padded shoulder strap is fantastic since my only gripe about the old bag was the long haul through airports know the drill. However, I think black suede might be a better choice since I suspect the natural deer skin color will be soiled in no time; same goes for the suede wrapped handles. No biggie though, I'm sure they can be replaced over time. The boxed or gusseted design allows the bag to sit straight up and down when rested on any surface. My last bag always flopped over like a sack of potatoes, so you had to reach that much further down to grab the handles. I know it sounds trivial, but it was totally annoying. Perhaps the best feature might be the sewn-in D ring which I hung a Black Diamond Moji lantern from - I now have interior lighting! How helpful is that when trying to find an item in your briefcase, buried under the seat in front you while ridding coach on an airplane? Again, you know the flight drill. My only criticisms are: 1) Why is the traditional blue canvas by special order only (2-4 weeks)? 2) Lack of high-res images online to look at

The BEST laptop bag !!

By YouTV Studio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-11-18

Yes, it's expensive....but it worth. I have five laptop bags for my pc laptops from XP to Win 7. This bag is for my Mac Pro ( Cost me 37xx, not includes the Adobe C6 Production ). After one week, I really love the design of this bag. It carries two thunderbolt 1GB hard drives, one 120 SSD thunderbolt and lots of the gears. Only one I feel not so comfort with is, the color of the leather part. Porta Brace use the YELLOW color. The experience of mine to use the prota brace is, after many years using , the yellow color leather will be covered by a dirt BLACKskin on it. It will be really UGLYI don't know how to avoid it...No!!..I can't wash my hand every time before I taking it with me.Have a WHITE glove ? It's weird. Yellow color leather is good for advertisement but not practical at all.

Not for me

By D.B.
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2011-05-31

I was hoping to love this bag but I felt let down by its heft and its overly technical design. What seemed on the page to be a supremely useful bag turned out in person to be cumbersome and, frankly, annoying. First off, with the shoulder strap attached it's very hard to unzip the zippers. Once inside you'll find a plethora of pockets but none of them very convenient. They are either too large and saggy or too small or oddly shaped. Although it's possible to cram a 17 laptop into one of the unpadded inner pockets (good luck getting it out of the pocket though), it seems like your simply supposed to lock it down with corner tabs which means locking and unlocking the plastic catches each time you want to put your computer inside or remove it. The large pocket on the front is gigantic but if you were to make use of all that space the velcro closure wouldn't keep the top shut. Pens and such would simply fall out.Ultimately I returned the bag ... The bag was just too large, heavy and awkward to use and I knew, therefore, I wouldn't use it. I am going to buy a camera backpack that holds my 17 laptop. It will be much more useful since when my camera isn't with me the bag can hold scripts, lunch, etc...

It's the bag!

By atillaciner
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-04

I have more things to carry then anybody i know and i am at last at peace witm my bag. its easy to use specious and the sun blocker is a great !

Belle finition

By th1m
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-20

Produit trs bien fini. Parfait pour utiliser mon mac l'extrieur. Je suis satisfait. Thierry.

Awesome Bag

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-03-20

Lots of useful pockets, built like a tank. A perfect production bag for your laptop on location. Porta Brace is the best.

People know you are a film Pro with This

By 2ndUnitFilms
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-03-19

I am a second-unit director and was looking for something flashy to use at meetings and on set..briefcase were to boring and I found this jewel, while looking for new camera bags. If you are in the film industry you most likely use 1 or more PortaBrace bags for your gear. It is an industry standard.. and people recognize the signature Blue colored bag. But along with the STATUS it invokes..was its practicality. This bag was purchased also because of the sun shade it has built in. I am using Scopes on my MAcBook 15 inch to go with my BlackMagic Cinema camera (also purchased at B&H, )and it is perfect. What was a nice surprise was the fact it said it would handle a 17 inch laptop but in fact it holds my monster 17.5 inch Dell 3D laptop nicely...a bonus..and both laptops will fit at once, in the bag along with....t my 3 ring leather binders , a script or two,all my power supplies, phone, hub, directors viewfinder, I am happy.. took it to my first production meeting at Paramount Studio's and I got a few questions regarding it. The only downside was that the black special edition version was twice as much.....R

Simply the best for PROs

By Christian LEMASSON
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-12-17

I have had rain protections from Portabrace for big Betacam and DVcam shoulder camcorders for years, it was great. Now I have received that marvel. It is very professionnal, nicely built, a lot of clever pockets, the shoulder strap is great, everything is well thought for the daily work of the PRO, portabrace is THE company who understands our needs, the products is so well to fit my Apple Laptop and all my small equipment, and more, it is good sturdy and smooth companion for my video and photo assistance, the hood is great for outdoor shooting monitoring, camera control and also for mobile studio work!

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