Particularly useful when attached to a DJI Ronin M stabiliser
The Panasonic GH4 is a fantastic all round camera and especially so as a 4K video camera. It is used by hundreds of thousands of videographers (pro, indie and amateur) all around the world. The rear, fold out touch screen is brilliant but I find it a little small when used on a stabiliser.
I bought the DJI Ronin M a while ago and when using it with the GH4, I soon found that I couldn’t see the screen at quite a few angles when filming. Rather than spend more money on an external monitor for the GH4, I set out to source a way of using my iPad Mini 4 (which I bought as a monitor for the DJI Inspire 1).
…and the lag time between Panasonic GH4 and iPad Mini 4 using a Wi-Fi connection is barely noticeable:
- DJI Ronin M
- iPad Mini 4 (click link for review)
- Manfrotto Adapter Spigot (buy from Amazon UK, buy from Amazon USA)
Note: If you would rather use a Smartphone as a monitor, check out the IVATION Universal Tripod Stand Mount Holder.
Once you have the Ronin M set up and in its cradle for stability, simply attach the DJI Ronin M Monitor/Accessory Mount to the top bar of the Ronin M. I prefer it to be fairly close to the central handle for better balance.
Then, screw the Adapter Spigot into the accessory mount using the 1/4″ thread.
Next, attach the Mudder Universal Tablet Tripod Mount Adapter for iPad to the Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head and screw this assembly onto the 3/8″ thread of the adapter spigot and you are good to go.
All you need to do now is place the iPad Mini 4 into the Mudder Tablet Tripod Mount (simple and secure) and connect the Panasonic GH4 to the Panasonic Image App on the iPad Mini 4.
A superb set up to create super-stable footage. See below for the first draft of a video I produced using the Inspire 1 and Ronin M/GH4/iPad Mini 4 set up below: