If You Shoot Virtual Reality Content You Need To Check Out MSE’s V Rig

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Now that Virtual Reality three hundred and sixty degree recording has become somewhat mainstream, there’s a big need that hasn’t yet been fulfilled—Support systems.

I bet you hadn’t thought much about that either. In fact, when I first heard about the Matthews Studio Equipment VRig, I thought, “Hang on, why has it taken this long to get this out?”

The VRig is a tiered tripod style system that deals exclusively in mounting Virtual Reality and three hundred and sixty degree cameras. One of the first things you’ll notice about the system is the methods they’ve used to anchor the rig to the ground while keeping a low profile— the obvious reason is to avoid getting tripod legs in your frame. Using weights, a suction cup or even a large spike that screws into soil to keep your camera grounded, the VRig is one of the more well-thought out additions to VR tech in a while.

But perhaps the greatest feature of the VRig is its flexibility—All of these elements can be removed and used as mounts without the legs. This lets you mount your rig to cars, on a basketball court, or directly on the ground as demonstrated in the launch video for the product.

The Matthews Studio Equipment VRig has entered a market in which they have very little competition and blown it out of the water. If you shoot Virtual Reality content, you need to check this out.

The VRig

MSE VRig Makes Debut at IBC 2016

Via MSE Press:

Burbank, CA. Matthews Studio Equipment known for creating innovative state of the art Technology That Complements Your Imagination for the entertainment industry will introduce their first support entry for the VR market at IBC 2016, Building 12 G-71.

Spherical cameras see everything and are often left unattended in the middle of the action. To be effective, the camera support has to be strong and unobtrusive – and easily painted out in post. The VRig’s ultra-small footprint minimizes nadir hole and shadow obstruction, yet, like all MSE equipment, will maintain rock solid stability assisted by its low center of gravity barbell weight retainer that works with standard or Olympic style weights. There is also an optional suction Pump Cup for non-porous surfaces and an Auger Spike for exterior locations to further enhance stability.

VRig features a slim vertical riser and is equipped with a Black Elastic Leg Skirt, allowing camera accessories to be concealed from view. Matthews has also provided integrated tapped female mounts for lighting fixtures and microphones to help address the rigging challenges of a spherical environment while still remaining inconspicuous.

VRig is more than just a stand, it is also a spherical camera support system. Its robust aluminum construction is uniquely modular. And it isn’t just for live events. VRig is a multi-tasker, ready to capture VR for every entertainment platform. It can be reconfigured as a low-angle mount for a car, tabletop, ground, etc., or with an optional Boom Arm can provide mounts with extended positive and negative angles. The VRig also integrates seamlessly with standard grip equipment to allow the creation of custom built rigging.

VRig comes in two versions. The lightweight S30 (supporting up to 30 lbs/13.6 kg) and heavyweight S75 (supporting up to 75 lbs/6.4kg.

For further technical information, package details, optional support equipment to expand shooting possibilities, pricing and a step-by-step video introducing VRig’s unique capabilities please visit www.msegrip.com/vrig.


MSE is a 45-year-old manufacturer of industry-specialized hardware, camera and lighting support. Its equipment is being used on entertainment productions and in major studios in over 90 countries around the world. The company has been honored with two Presidential “E” Award for outstanding contributions to growing U.S. exports, strengthening the economy and creating American jobs. Matthews has also been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Technical Achievement. MSE offices are located at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 4520 West Valerio Street, Burbank, CA 91505. www.msegrip.com

(cover photo credit: snap from MSE)

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