What’s more fun than getting your Logger’s Lunchbox in the mail and having all kinds of awesome toys to put on it? The great thing about our systems is that you can make it as big or compact as you’d like using third party accessories. For some people, attaching a camera, BP-U60 battery and a boom mic is enough, while other users may require an external monitor or EVF, a gold or v-mount battery, additional microphones and a way to convert an HDMI signal to SDI.
In case you’re looking for some recommendations on what to buy for your ENG workflow, we’ve put together a list of third party products and accessories that we like and think you will too.
A battery is the first thing you’re going to need. You can’t turn on your RNG without one. The units come with a proprietary BP-U60 battery plate. These batteries are light weight compared to their gold and v-mount counterparts and there are generic versions available on the cheap. However if you’re looking to use a gold or v-mount battery as a secondary power source or counter-weight, there are some great options out there. We really like the Switronix XP-L90A and XP-L90S because they are affordable (just under $250 at B&H) and the PowerBase charger is only $44.95. The chargers do charge slowly, so don’t rely on having just one.
Here are a few great options for you:
HDMI TO SDI CONVERTERS
For those looking to turn a HDMI signal from their camera into SDI, we really like the converters from Blackmagic Design. Costing less than $300, these are a great value and add a lot of flexibility for adding additional displays to your system, adding wireless video transmitters and/or tethering to another on-site monitor.
Building a bullet-proof audio setup can be challenging nowadays. There are many great microphones, RF wireless systems and external recording devices out there, so it can get hard to decide exactly what to get. We’ve had a lot of luck with the Sennheiser G3 wireless microphone system combined with the Audio Technica AT875 short boom mic. We’ve added a Rycote Softie windscreen to our mic for added wind reduction. We also like the Lectrosonics 100 series UHF wireless microphone system. When choosing any wireless system however, make sure you read up on RF frequencies so your’e sure to get the right one for your area.