Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Having spent the best part of a day producing my RODE filmmaker upgrade it finally occurred to me there might be a better way of producing the same thing with less weight on the GH5 hot shoe, hence the Sugru option. It works out at about £1.62 a pack.

If you have not come across it before Sugru sticks permanently to lots of stuff like ceramics, glass, metal, wood, rubber, and most plastics and fabrics.

Sugru Mouldable Glues are designed to feel soft and malleable. Roll the material in your fingers, press it where you need it, and mould it by hand into any shape. You have 30 minutes to shape it, smooth it, and reposition it as required, then it takes 24 hours to cure.

This option takes any cold shoe accessory off the camera onto the tripod itself and the beauty of Sugru is its ability to mould to its surroundings. A tip from me is to use disposable rubber gloves when handling Sugru especially the black version.

Fortunately RODE supply the curly cable, as this is mainly for interview situations you won’t be panning the tripod. I usually get the 8 pack of Sugru, 3 black, 3 white and 2 grey for £13 from Amazon.

As a word of warning make sure you check the date on the back of the Sugru as it has a use by date and in some places like B&Q it can lie for a while as I got a packet that was 1 year out of date. PS. If it is out of date it won’t work nearly as good a fresh Sugru, the freshest is usually sold by Amazon.

In Part Three I will look at probably one of the neatest alternative brackets that will do the same job.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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