The KRIG Shoulder Rig is more affordable than any other shoulder rig on the market, an Open Source Project, and is the most functional DIY shoulder rig.  It's designed and constructed around 20mm aluminum extrusion t-slot rails, making it both lite weight and extremely modular.  It can be built up in many different configurations based on needs.

KRIG (aka K.i.s.s.Rig) DSLR and Camera Shoulder Rig

The KRIG's not trying to compete with the $700+++ shoulder rigs on the market, but it does.  It just keeps things simple, elegant, and inexpensive.  It can be used in it's most basic form, or tricked out by easily attaching accessories using the T-slot system with a screw and nut.  Also, the accessories can be positioned anywhere along the length of a rail, for infinite adjustibility.  

History of the KRIG:

Black KRIG Shoulder Rig V1.2.b Finished

Posted by admin on April 4, 2012

Finished the anodized black KRIG for a shoot tonight. Looks amazing!

Quickly transforms flat for easy carrying, transport, and storage.

 

Changes from V1.2:

  • It's black.
  • 2 thumbscrews being used to hold on the counterweights.  One thumbscrew clamps a small flat piece of aluminum in front of the weight to keep it from sliding too far onto the frame.  The other thumbscrew threads into the end of the frame, and clamps the weight. Thumbscrews are from McMaster, part # 6390K51 Metric Phenolic Four-arm Knob, M5 X .8 Threaded Stud, 15 Mm Stud Length, 25mm Dia
  • Added Handle/Mic Mount using two 150mm lengths of extrusion, and the adjustable side brackets.
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Black KRIG Shoulder Rig V1.2.b

Posted by admin on March 29, 2012

Built a new KRIG using black anodized extrusion.  This is going to be used with a Canon video camera that has a flipout style screen, so it does not need an extra offset bar to suppor the camera in front of the cameramans face as with a DSLR.

The handle going over the camera will also support a boom mic.

 

Changes from V1.2:

  • It's black.
  • 2 thumbscrews being used to hold on the counterweights.  One thumbscrew clamps a small flat piece of aluminum in front of the weight to keep it from sliding too far onto the frame.  The other thumbscrew threads into the end of the frame, and clamps the weight. Thumbscrews are from McMaster, part # 6390K51 Metric Phenolic Four-arm Knob, M5 X .8 Threaded Stud, 15 Mm Stud Length, 25mm Dia
  • Added Handle/Mic Mount using two 150mm lengths of extrusion, and the adjustable side brackets.
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KissRig Open Source Shoulder Rig V1.2

Posted by admin on March 28, 2012

 

The counterweight system is much improved in this version of the Krig.  Readily available barbell weights with 1inch center holes slip perfectly over the 20mm t-slot extrusion. The tail of the rig is height adjustable.  It can be raised to put the weight further back and increase the amount of counterweight. Or it can be lowered for greater stability, and shooting in tight quarters. The weights are held in place with a screw and t-nut used as the stopper, and a screw and washer in the end which clamps the weights against the stop screw.

 

The offset camera rail option shown below allows the camera to be placed directly in front (or anywhere left to right) of the film maker.  Don't need to crane your neck to the side anymore.  It's a lot more ergonomic.

 

Changes from V1.1:

  • Counterweights are now standard barbell weights with 1 inch center holes.
  • Counterweights are position and height adjustable.
  • 2 screws for the shoulder pad attachment instead of just one.  Prevents the shoulder pad from twisting.
  • Grips are Pyramid Black Ops BMX grips.  Very nice, comfy, nonslip, and fit a larger hand.
  • Seperate, offset rail for the camera.  Positions a DSLR directly in front of the cameraman's line of site.
  • Quick releases for the handles
  • Laser engraved Logo and owner's name on the front.
  • Changed to the Giottos MH621 Quick Release, which is much nicer and cheaper than the Manfrotto 577 Quick release.  The Manfrotto 577 was also a pain to install, because the screw holes in the base are not lined up with the camera attachment screw on the quick release plate!!!  The plate centerline is offset from the base centerline by about 5mm.  The Giottos MH621 base and plate are perfectly aligned.  Also the tighening thumbscrew is easier to use with a DSLR, because it only requires 1/2 turn to go from loose to tight.


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Open Source DIY Shoulder Rig V1.1

Posted by admin on March 15, 2012

In the video below we're testing the amount of weight and placement necessary for a balanced feel.  The weight will eventually be closer to the shoulder, and lower.

 

Changes from V1.0

  • Addition of industry standard 15mm rail adapter.  Accessories that work with the 15mm diameter, 60mm spacing rails can now be attached to the rig.
  • New hand grips.  Using Mushroom style bike grips.  These are comfortable, nonslip, and the mushroom cap rests on the top of your hand.
  • Foam shoulder pad, comfy
  • Handle and microphone support that goes above the camera
  • Added counter weights.  Aluminum bar stock for now, but need to find something better.
  • Mounting for Zoom Mic, or other 1/4-20 threaded accessory using an angle bracket.
  • Installed a Manfrotto 577, which was a royal pain, because the screw holes in the base are not lined up with the camera attachment screw on the quick release plate!!!  The plate centerline is offset to the left from the base centerline by about 5mm.  Very frustrating.  Will order a Giottos MH621 next, because it costs less, and is centered.  But, it's not plate compatible with the Manfrotto.
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Open Source DIY Shoulder Rig V1.0

Posted by admin on February 15, 2012

First build of the shoulder rig. Still missing several components, but just testing it out for size and feel.

 

The camera mount also acts as a tripod mount.

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