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Chris Metcalf Shoots ‘2 Dope Queens’ for Facebook Live

Matthews Studio Equipment’s ROVER smartphone camera cage made a big difference for cameraman Chris Metcalf, who was hired to shoot and live stream two episodes of the podcast 2 Dope Queensusing the Facebook Pages app on his iPhone. He needed to find a device to keep his iPhone steady on a tripod for four hours of live broadcasting. “It was just simple steady. We would be panning and tilting to follow along with the action on stage,” he says.

Once he picked up a ROVER smartphone camera cage from MSE, he knew his problem was solved. “I simply paired the ROVER with my Manfrotto tripod using the 1/4-20” treading on the bottom of the ROVER,” he explains. “I also had hopes of using an external microphone to get better sound. The cold shoe mount on top of the ROVER was perfect for that.”

This option is a major advantage and has convinced Metcalf to consider ROVER on future jobs. “The ROVER held solid for me throughout the entire night and was the perfect solution for keeping this live broadcast steady.”

He adds, “As the practice of live streaming is growing more prevalent, support systems like the ROVER are going to be in high demand. In my case it was a simple setup of an event on a stage, but I can see tremendous potential for the ROVER at other, more active events. I used it on a tripod, but with the handles on the side being used to hold ROVER, it can go anywhere.”