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Power Solutions for Panasonic LUMIX BGH1 Cinema 4K Box Camera

Photo Moment - September 10, 2021

The LUMIX BGH1 box camera is extremely versatile as both a studio and a field camera. If you're going to take it outside, then, of course, you're going to need to power it. Since you're likely to be using additional hardware like a monitor, a recorder, and/or even a follow-focus system, with multiple pieces to attach and power, some pretty cool power systems are available. This video explores many different options!

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Don't forget to check out the BGH1 with SIRUI Anamorphic Lenses!
Thank you so much for this video. I like the form factor of the camera. Now that’s a setup I can work with
Thank for the great video!

I want to build a stereoscopic rig with 2x BGH1. How should I genlock two cameras? Do I need an additional device or I can plug the SDI cable from one camera to another?

Could you please cover this topic because there's no information at all about it...
wondering if you have experienced any audio ringing in headphones when you also power your monitor from the same battery? I have a Portkeys LH5P powered through the same battery as the BGH1 and I get a high pitched ringing in my headphones when I connect to the camera headphones port. Audio is also going through the HDMI output and shutting that off doesn't fix the issue. Now there is no ringing tone that is transferred to the actual footage audio, but it's annoying nonetheless in my headphones. Have you experienced this and if so, are there any fixes?
is it possible to attach CAME-TV Crystal V Wireless Full HD Video Transmission System to wooden battery plate for bgh1?
Those are questions for those companies
Iam still looking for second hand Panasonic BGH1 accessories, so if you have some or any gadget you want to get lid of lets talk offline
Ich suche mich leider im Internet echt blöd. Vielleicht kannst du mir helfen. Die Akkus AG-VBR89 gibt es auch ohne das G am Ende zu kaufen. Sind diese Akkus auch kompatibel? Liebe Grüße und vielen Dank
Please what is the cable you using to power the camera on the external battery ? Do you know a cable like this Dc (lumix camera) to dTap ?
I had an ATOMOS D-tap to DC cable but there are third party ones too.
@PhotoJoseph Can you post a link? I cant find the right cable to fit in the bgh1 power port to my nano battery. 
@Tiffany I think this is it but I’m traveling so can’t verify:
Where I can Find a power cable to connect ninja V to the Swit Battery?
Hey PhotoJoseph. Quick question, does the BGH1 require handshake with the battery for proper operation? I purchased a GyroVu battery plate to DTAP adapter and there is a message saying that it does not support cameras that require handshake but I cant not find any information about it. Thanks mate :-)
Not that I’ve heard of. What is the cable you’re using? I think it’s more likely to be a cable problem.
Looks really cool. If only I could afford a BGH1. I'd probably add a chest mount that attaches to the rods at the back.
Can I charge the Batterie in camera ? Great review
No. The batteries need to be externally charged.
How long will the SWIT S-8D58 power both monitor and camera for?
I want to say that we had about 90 minutes with intermittent shooting but it may have been more. It’s hard to judge without critical tests; amount of recording, brightness of monitor, etc all contribute.
r u using Netgear 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet PoE+ for power the bgh1(bs1h)?
It’s Netgear but it’s 26 port. Needed ports for other gear, plus had to make sure it delivered sufficient power for all the devices I connected.
love the setup
Thanks Hung! Me too… so fun to build out cameras like this
After watching your videos on the BGH1 here and on the Lumix channel I purchased one, but when I open the tether software and click Live view the screen that opens covers the control panel to be able to adjust the iris, shutter, WB etc. I cannot move the tether software control panel as it stays stuck in the middle of the screen. On the videos you made for Lumix I see the control panel sitting nicely next to the Live view screen. Please explain how to set the screens up properly for ease of operation, thanks
Windows or Mac? They’re just floating windows like any other, but I have had troubles moving them sometimes. Tell me what OS please!
@PhotoJoseph I am using Windows on a Dell Laptop. I tried it on my desktop and I can move the window but I cannot on the laptop. I can only move the live view window but not the control panel window to set the camera settings. Very strange
Sounds like a Windows problem, TBH. I can move all mine on Mac and PC no problem.
@PhotoJoseph What exactly did you attach the FXLion Nano One to? I would like to make sure I get the v mount plate that is capable of connecting to both the ninja v and bgh1. Thanks in advance.
The V Mount adapter is from Wooden Camera, just like the cage.
nice video, however powering a screen via the same power source such as the battery with a DC out could burn the HDMI output of the camera, i think its also possible by the vmount option. there are ways to avoid but a lot of people frying there camera's this way unfortunately.
I haven’t heard of this… how does this burn the HDMI output? Like, two contacts on a battery coming in contact with each other? It doesn’t really make sense but I’d very much like to know more.
@PhotoJoseph This is the same got HDMI* not only SDI
Sorry I don’t understand what you mean. And considering batteries like the V-Mount are specifically designed for this — a single battery to power lots of devices — I’m going to need some hard info please.
@PhotoJoseph Sorry i commented a URL to an article written by Arri, but somehow didnt end up here, maybe youtube doesn't allow urls.. i will dm you on instagram the link :)
Oh no... This makes the choice between GH5II and BGH1 even harder. Both would be cool for my work in addition to my GH5. I know it's too early but i hope to see a BGH2 with the new features of the GH5II
Obviously it depends on your needs, but I bought several BGH1 bodies for my work. I love this camera!
Thanks for the video. You are the best explainer.
Thank you!
Hey there @PhotoJoseph, would you happen to know if the 12v input can take the 16v peak of a non-regulated V-mount, or do we need to add in regulation to 12v to not fry anything?
@PhotoJoseph technically according to the manual it says use nothing but their supplied power supply into that port. So I feel like getting an honest answer is a bit more difficult. Most v-mounts send the native voltage and just have current regulation to prevent overdraw.

I noticed you used the cable from the Wooden Camera plate into yours here, do you know if that is a 12v regulated output?
Sounds like something a manual would say. I will see if I can find out what that cable was; it was on loan very briefly, just for that video.
@PhotoJoseph the manual sadly just warns to only use their power adapter and doesn’t provide any specs. If you can find out if that was a regulated cable or the plate output (wouldn’t be to standard Lemo 2-pin spec however if the port was), that would be amazing to know!
There are specs in the manual — they say the DC in is rated from 11.4V to 12.6V. The cable should be regulated, and must be, but of course you should check with Wooden to be 100% sure.
@PhotoJoseph oh interesting, the one that came with my Canadian camera didn’t have those details where I looked. Thanks!
Thanks for that Video, please am searching for a remote cable for BGH1 to Ninja V, to give me control of the BGH1 on Ninja V screen, any advice sir?
you can't control the BGH1 from the Ninja screen, unfortunately
@PhotoJoseph Oh! Really! That's a bummer. Thanks for the quick response as always it's much appreciated sir.
There is one solution I know of for controlling the camera, although it's a bit temperamental. I haven't done a video on it because it's not ready for prime time, although I'm hoping it gets better with firmware updates, and that's the Portkeys BM5WR. I don't even know if it's a fully shipping product, to be honest. What I have may be a prototype. That model is listed on amazon, but doesn't talk about the BGH1.
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