Many shooters are running to buy DSLR Cages. They provide a way to attach all your accessories, like monitors, microphones, top handles, ect. They also provide a protection for your camera. You can use it as a hand-held unit to help stabilize the rig. You can also attach rails to the bottom of the cheeseplate and add it quickly to a shoulder mount rig.
There is a lighter modification in this video.