YouTube Studio in a PeliCase

YouTube Studio in a PeliCase

DSLR Video Shooter’s Caleb Pike is at it again – after building a very convenient Custom Blackmagic Atem Mini Case (I built one myself based on his instructions) he is now on a mission to have a full YouTube Studio setup ready-to-go in a carry-on sized PeliCase.

The idea is to have a complete setup for filming talking-head videos by just opening a protective hard case, switching everything on and hitting record, which theoretically should work remotely even if there isn’t a seasoned pro behind the camera. The case includes everything from a camera with lenses, monitor, wireless audio and lights, everything you need to a small YouTube studio.

The Case

Everything is centered around a Pelican Case 1510 which has the exact dimensions for carry-on luggage. This is also a roller case, which might quickly exceed the weight limit for your regular included carry-on luggage but it is extremely convenient. Mounting the gear is done by screwing three rails into the lid of the PeliCase.

mounting brackets inside the lid
Mounting brackets inside the lid. Source: DSLR Video Shooter

The rest of the case is lined with padded dividers to transport spare gear as well as for keeping all the gear safe.

padded dividers in the bottom half of the case
Padded dividers in the bottom half of the case. Source: DSLR Video Shooter

The Gear

Inside the case is the Canon M50 Mark II mounted onto an edelkrone FlexTILT head. You can attach an optional monitor for better monitoring.

camera and monitor mounting
camera and monitor mounting. Source: DSLR Video Shooter

Caleb used a Rode Wireless GO II wireless audio set which he conveniently attached to one of the mounting rails for easy storage and quick deployment.

RODE Wireless GO II mounting
Rode Wireless GO II mounting. Source: DSLR Video Shooter

A small Viltrox L132T on-camera light helps when you need some fill-light.

Viltrox on-camera light
Viltrox on-camera light. Source: DSLR Video Shooter

Inside the case is some space for additional lenses. All the components can be powered or charged with a regular USB power bank with the help of some DC couplers or regular USB cables.

Useful for many situations

As Caleb mentions himself in his video, this PeliCase is great for quickly setting up a situation where you either sit at a desk, on the ground or have some other type of platform nearby. Having the camera on a flexTILT head offers quite a bit of flexibility but you are somewhat limited with the amount of adjustability. Sometimes it’s simply faster to use a tripod. It’s a great build that can help you start recording quickly in many situations, depending on the kind of content you are producing. For many it is the optimal YouTube studio on wheels.

creative positioning
creative positioning. Source: DSLR Video Shooter

If you, at some point, want to use the case for something else, all of the installation is reversible since all the mounting is done with the help of pre-manufactured mounting points that do not penetrate the waterproof shell of the case. This means you can remove everything from the case and get it back to its original state easily.

Who is the YouTube Studio in a Pelicase for?

That leaves the question – who can we see using this box-studio in practice? The pandemic has proven that remote is quickly becoming a normal way of working, and events like the remotely-produced Golden Globes proved that these readymade solutions have a market, as did the “Crew in a Box” readymade rentable production suitcases.

So there is definitely some demand for these kinds of solutions, we are just not quite sure how well they will work for someone who’s unfamiliar with filming, because each of the pieces in the box will still require some kind of knowledge to set up. It’s not exactly a laptop camera… what do you think? Let us know below.

Want to build one yourself? Links below

Find product links to some of the components Caleb used below the article, in case you want to build one yourself. For a full list of what he used, check the description below his YouTube video.

I am very happy with the last case I built with the help of Caleb’s instructions. Have you built custom cases for your gear or are you planning on creating one yourself? Share your projects and tell us your experiences in the comments!

Source: DSLR Video Shooter on Youtube

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