The Multiplate: The DSLR filmmaker’s essential mounting hub

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In case you haven't seen this one, we thought we'd let you know about a kickstarter project for a new mounting plate.

The Multiplate

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The Multiplate was designed by Tom Dowler, co-owner of Long Haul Films, award-winning Boston-based wedding and live event filmmakers. Frustrated by a lack of simple, easy-to-use and cost effective solutions for mounting video accessories to DSLR cameras, he designed the Multiplate in early 2012, road-testing it at over 35 wedding shoots before offering it to filmmaking colleagues on a pre-sale basis via Kickstarter.



Why use the multiplate?

The Long Haul Gear Multiplate on a Canon 5D Mk 3, with D|Focus follow focus and SmallHD DP-4 monitor

The Long Haul Gear Multiplate on a Canon 5D Mk 3, with D|Focus follow focus and SmallHD DP-4 monitor

The Multiplate is designed to stay on your camera all day long, and provide mounting points for the accessories you use the most – external monitors, 15mm rods, follow focus units, matte boxes, handles and microphones. It lets you switch up your camera configuration without having to change to a new base-plate, and without having to leave a cumbersome set up in place even when you don’t need all the parts. Just attach what you need, when you need it.

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There are 24 1/4″-20 threaded holes around all four sides of the Multiplate, allowing you to not only attach as many accessories as you need, but to attach them where you need them – like putting your external monitor behind the camera, not way up high on the shoe.

Two of the threaded holes on each side are spaced for 15mm rods.

Two of the threaded holes on each side are spaced for 15mm rods.

The Multiplate will be produced entirely in the USA and all proceeds from the Kickstarter campaign will go toward a full production run of the product.

Tom Dowler, designer of the Multiplate, says:
“I’ve been using my prototype units for almost a year and there’s no way I could switch back to not using the Multiplate now – it’s the very first accessory on my camera at the start of a shoot day and it lets me be agile and responsive and rig up my camera quickly to get the shots I want”

(cover photo credit: snap from kickstarter post)

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