With yesterday’s price drop for the URSA Mini Pro 12K, I thought It would be a good idea to have a look at an accessory that I hadn’t seen before. The Wooden Camera D-Box Plus was one of those products that slipped under the radar and I didn’t even realize it existed up until yesterday.
The Wooden Camera D-Box Plus allows users to power their URSA Mini Pro 12K camera along with its accessories from a single V-mount or AB Gold Mount battery (depending on the version you buy).
The D-Box Plus is essentially a distribution/breakout box that was purposely designed to provide power to your camera and accessories while passing through backup AC power for hot-swapping.
While the URSA Mini Pro 12K has quite a few inputs and outputs, it only has a single 4-pin XLR 12V power output. Sure, you could run additional items of a D-tap port from a battery or battery plate, but what if you want to run multiple accessories at once? That’s where the D-Box Plus comes in.
- Power Distribution & Breakout Box
- V-Mount Plate or AB Gold Mount Plate + Side Plate Design
- 4-Pin XLR Input for AC/DC Hot-Swapping
- D-Tap, 2-Pin LEMO & Fischer Outputs
- 1 x LANC Input, Fischer Trigger Control
- Connector Cable between Plates
- ARRI 3/8″-16 Accessory & Rosette Mounts
- Simultaneously Active Outputs
- Overvoltage Safety Fuse for Power Ports
The V-mount or AB Gold Mount battery plate mounts directly onto the back of the URSA Mini Pro 12K using a Molex connector, so there are no additional power cables to get in the way. It features two 11 to 17 VDC D-Tap outputs to power a variety of accessories. It features a digital safety fuse to shut off any power outputs in case an accessory overloads the connector. The battery plate connects to the side plate using the included power cable.
The side plate mounts onto the camera’s rosette and provides a rosette to relocate your original rosette grip or extension. The side plate features a 4-pin XLR input, so you can plug a power input such as mains power for hot-swapping with the battery.
There are two each 2-pin LEMO and 3-pin Fischer ports for power, and start/stop trigger control can be passed through via either of the Fischer ports. A LANC input also allows you to pass through LANC trigger control to the camera from a LANC controller.
In addition to the ARRI-style rosette, the side plate offers two 3/8″-16 ARRI-style anti-twist mounts for additional accessories
Price & Availability
The Wooden Camera D-Box Plus for the URSA Mini Pro 12K retails for $1,295 USD. The V-Mount version is now available to pre-order, while the AB Gold Mount version is already available.
This Isn’t exactly what I would call an affordable solution, however, if you want to use your URSA Mini Pro 12K in certain professional environments then being able to power a multitude of accessories does make a lot of sense.