Pittsburgh Filmmaker's facilities include

  • a full range of digital video equipment, from 1-chip mini-DV cameras to HD cameras
  • Canon XL-I and XL-II, Sony VX2100, Panasonic DVX100b and for HD, the Panasonic HVX200
  • editing suites are regularly updated with the latest versions of Final Cut Pro and AfterEffects
  • hardware are outfitted with Intel MacPro towers, external tape decks and speakers, and dual monitors along with NTSC and/or HD reference monitors

For a complete listing of all our cameras and accessories, please refer to the rates below.


Our Melwood Avenue facility contains a small soundstage, which may be reserved for up to a week at a time, featuring:

  • a lighting grid
  • over forty 20-amp circuits
  • green-screen wall
  • a rack of paper seamless backdrops
  • a black curtain able to cover three walls
  • a loading dock for easy access

For a complete listing of all our cameras and accessories, please refer to the rates below.


Pittsburgh Filmmakers offers plenty of options for recording and mixing audio:

  • analog and digital recorders
  • a wide range of microphones
  • a ProTools mixing suite
  • Nagra 4.2 reel-to-reel machines
  • Marantz PMD digital recorders
  • Sennheiser and Audio Technica condensor microphones
  • Sony and LectroSonic lavaliers (including wireless) microphones
  • dynamic mics

For a complete listing of all our cameras and accessories, please refer to the rates below.


Whether you work with film or video, or both, we have the lights and grip equipment you need:

  • ranging from 200W Inkies to 2K fresnels
  • lights and kits by Lowel, Sachtler, Mole-Richardson and more
  • Sekonic digital and analog meters

For a complete listing of all our cameras and accessories, please refer to the rates below.


Canon R20 15.00
Panasonic TM-700 30.00
Panasonic HVX-200 50.00
Panasonic HPX-170 50.00
Canon 5D Mark II* 80.00
Canon 7D* 80.00
Panasonic GS400 (SD) 10.00
Sony VX-2100 (SD) 15.00
Panasonic AGDVX100A (SD) 15.00
*Canon Lenses listed under Digital SLR Lenses
P2 dumpdrives for HVX-200 20.00
HD field monitor 50.00
Bogen mini fluid head tripod 8.00
Bogen Jr. tripod 5.00
Bogen Sr. tripod 7.00
Bogen 501, 503 10.00
Quickset 8.00
Sachtler 16.00
Big Bogen 12.00
Miller DS10 10.00
Miller DS5 10.00
Sachtler Ace 10.00
ProVista 8.00
VIDEO FACILITIES (in-house only)
(necessary cables included)
Media converter 5/day
Classroom VHS deck 5/day
miniDV deck 10/30
Sony UVW1800 Beta SP Deck 60/day
Digital editing suite with: 25/50
Digital editing Kona editing suite with: 35/65
Avid Media Composer    
Final Cut Pro 7      
Adobe Creative Suite CS6  
After Effects  
Animation Suite w/Dragon Stop Motion, Animate, Blender 25/50
Sound transfer room 10/day
Pro Tools 8 HD audio mixing suite 60/100
Digital Lab machine with: 10/20
Adobe Create Suite CS6  
Final Cut X  
After Effects  
Pro Tools 8 LE  
Final Draft  
Cinema 4D  
Adobe Media Encoder  
Screening room TBA
Sound Stage (room only) 25/50
Sound Stage (lighting grid) 40/75


(rental price includes stands)
Spider Lite Kit (1 Light) 15.00
Spider Lite Kit (2 Lights) 25.00
Kino Flo Diva light kit 25.00
Kino Flo 4 Bank kit 40.00
Lowel DP frame kit 20.00
Lowel DP kit 18.00
Lowel omni kit ** 15.00
Tota omni kit** 15.00
Arri kit 18.00
Cosmo kit 15.00
Location kit 12.00
650 (LQD) kit 12.00
Sachtler kit 20.00
Hollywood mini 50w car adaptor kit 10.00
Colortran square kit 12.00
Acme kit 12.00
1k kit 12.00
Inkie kit 12.00
Lowel softlight 10.00
Mole 1k zip 10.00
Mole 2k zip 10.00
Stand bambino fresnel (2K) 12.00
1k fresnel 11.00
1k mickey mole 10.00
2k mighty mole 10.00
Inkie 6.00
Midget solar 6.00
1k colortran 6.00
650 colortran 6.00
Halogen worklight** 5.00
Reflectors** 2.00
Bescor battery light kit 18.00
LED-160 battery light 6.00
C-stand** 7.00
Apple Box (half/full)** 3.00
Apple crate** 2.00
Extra Gobo arms/heads** 2.00
Matthews stand 5.00
Mole stand 2.00
Pic stand** 2.00
4x4 flags/silks** 7.00
Flags/silks/nets/cookies** 2.00
Flexfill** 3.00
Cardellini clamp** 2.00
Mafer clamp** 2.00
Gator clamp** 2.00
Baby to Junior adapters** 2.00
Pidgeon plate** 2.00
Bogen magic arm** 3.00
Sandbag** 1.00
** Equipment listed in Film/VIdeo Lighting followed by double asterix** is also available for Photo/Digital Lighting


Marantz PMD 660/670 digital recorder 25.00
Nagra 4.2 w/ ATN, crystal sync internal resolver 25.00
Sony dat walkman 25.00
Shure mic mixer 10.00
Sony MX-10L mic mixer 8.00
Large boom 7.00
Medium boom 6.00
Small boom 5.00
Pistol grip 3.00
Softie/zeppelin 3.00
Headphones 2.00
XLR Pro mixer 10.00
Beachtek Mixer 10.00
Mic stands 5.00
Sennheiser ME-80 directional mic 8.00
Sennheiser ME-20/-40/-88 heads 3.00
Sennheiser ME-66 directional mic 8.00
Sennheiser ME-62/ME-64 heads 3.00
Audio Technica 835 directional mic 5.00
Audio Technica 897 directional mic 5.00
ECM 50/55 lavaliers 8.00
Pro 88 wireless mics 8.00
Lectrosonic wireless 11.00
RE-11/RE-15 6.00
AT R55 5.00
SHURE SM 11 5.00
SHURE SM 58 7.00
EV C090 5.00
AUDIO FACILITIES (in-house only)
Sound transfer room 10.00
Pro Tools 8 HD audio mixing suite 60/100


There are two ways to structure your Video Access Membership:

1. Basic Access Membership: $75
Basic access allows you to use equipment and facilities on a pay-as-you-go rental basis. When you come in to use equipment/facilities or take out equipment, you will pay the rental fees listed in our rates above.

2. Full Access: $375
(Individual membership fee $75 + Access package $300)
Full access allows you to use our equipment and facilities on a rent-free basis. You will not have to pay the rental rates listed above.

In order to gain access and use our equipment/facilities, you are required to complete a membership application and demonstrate your ability to operate the equipment you wish to have access to with an in-person demonstration.

Please contact our equipment office at 412-681-9500 to schedule an in-person demonstration (test out) for Access at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Supplies available from the Filmmakers Equipment Office