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Have you considered purchasing the Tilta flip screen modification kit for your BMPCC 4K / 6K camera, but are hesitant to install it yourself? Then I invite you to read on …

The Tilta Flip Modification Kit piqued my interest at IBC 2019 last year (see our coverage here and here). As the owner of a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, I felt that this kit would greatly improve the camera's usability.

Tilta BMPCC 4K: 6K Flip Screen Modification Kit – Photo credit: Tilta

Tilta BMPCC Flip Screen Modification Kit – Why?

But not only the flip screen modification would be useful, the clever inclusion of an SSD holder behind the screen is also part of the modification.

The kit is available now, and you can choose (in the US) to purchase the kit and modify it yourself, or send in your camera and let Tilta staff do it for you for an additional $ 249.

Let's try it ourselves …

When the modification kit arrived at the CineD Vienna headquarters and my colleague Nino asked me if I would like to install it on my camera, I hesitated. I had never opened a camera before, and I don't consider myself the do-it-yourself type either.

But the offer was just too tempting to ignore, so I installed the kit – check out the video above!

Should I try to install the kit or not?

Tilta offers a very good 1: 38h video tutorial that covers every single step of the modification. (Unfortunately, it is not possible to skip the 90-second advertisement before the tutorial.) So my little report on this change is not a "how to" tutorial, but is intended to give you the feeling – a basis – to decide for yourself whether You should try this or not.

Finally, there is a risk that your camera will be destroyed in the process. It's really up to you whether you want to risk it or not!

All in – installation of the kit

Getting started is surprisingly easy, and Tilta's video tutorial is really good. All the necessary tools are in the box, a hairdryer and a knife are also required.

So I made good progress in the beginning – it took me about 15 minutes for every 5 minutes of the tutorial.

A word of caution: you have to disconnect and reconnect a lot of very fragile, tiny cables. Right at the beginning I almost kinked one of these cables.

The cords and plugs are very fragile – there is a risk of bending them if you are not careful.

About half way (after about 1.5 hours) you will then have reached a point where you have to insert a battery in order to test whether the LCD screen is working properly.

In the middle of the process – just before the first test of the LCD screen.

My personal low point in the process

And yes it happened: starting my camera for testing my LCD screen didn't work. This was an all-time low. The thing is what should you do? My mind raced.

Checking some connections didn't help. Should I just go back and forget the kit? My camera is still under warranty – but Blackmagic would not safely take it back as it is evident that the camera has been opened.

Then I decided to take a break. After 25 minutes I came back and repeated the last few steps, mostly reconnecting all the (fragile) connections.

And then the magic happened: it worked and I could move on.

The second half of the modification went without any problems and I completed the entire installation in 4 hours.

In conclusion, this entire process of installing the kit is not for the faint of heart – I've had a few moments where I almost lost it.

In retrospect, I would definitely recommend sending your camera to Tilta – unfortunately this service is only available in the US.

Small (ish) problems with the Tilta BMPCC 4K / 6K Modification Kit

The modified connection plate, which replaces the original BMPCC 4K / 6K plate, protrudes a little further out of the camera, which means that the microphone connection does not work (i.e. the microphone connector on the camera side is no longer flush with the plate). .

I shaved 1mm of rubber on my microphone cable, then the connection worked properly.

The new connection plate of the modification kit is a little further outside – so I had to modify the microphone cable.

All other connections were fine.

The monitor cable is bent when installing the tilt mechanism and is bent / stretched every time the monitor is moved. This is definitely a design flaw – I wonder how long this cable will last. Of course, Tilta supplies a replacement cable for good reason.

The monitor connection cable is strained every time the screen is moved – I wonder how long this will take. However, a replacement cable is included in the kit.

Using the camera with the kit in the field

It has now been 6 weeks since I installed the kit and I have been using my BMPCC 6K almost every day. I also had it on a sailing boat in Croatia for 2 weeks and put the camera in and out of my backpack several times a day.

I can report that I am super satisfied with the kit! The modification parts are of a very high quality, everything still feels super solid, and the cam has become so much more versatile. The clever integration of the SSD holder behind the screen also keeps the original space requirement of the camera the same – really nice!

Now my only wish would be for someone to design a parasol for the fold-out screen – Tilta? Even though the screen brightness is set to 100%, it is still sometimes difficult to see the screen in direct sunlight.

Tilta BMPCC 4K: 6K Flip Screen Modification Kit – Photo credit: Tilta

Summary

I can only salute Tilta for their brave step in delivering such an innovative, well-designed modification kit.

So that I can use the BMPCC 6K "naked" without a cage, all criteria are met. Just plug in an external microphone, grab some spare batteries, and you're good to go – awesome.

If you now ask me to modify another BMPCC 4K / 6K camera, I would refuse, those 4 hours of installing the kit were sometimes quite terrifying 😉

Have any of you installed the Tilta kit? What are your experiences Let us know in the comments below …

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