Zacuto Announces New Products for NAB 2014

NAB 2014Zacuto’s booth at NAB 2014 was a huge success! Traffic was constantly moving and our new products had great positive response. And we won Best in Show for our new EVF, the Gratical HD.

Our Control Grip unfortunately didn’t make it due to some last minute tweaks for Zacuto’s high quality standards, but stay tuned for updates and we’ll be showcasing it at Cine Gear in June.

Zacuto’s 2014 Game Changing products!!

Gratical LT & HD Micro OLED EVF’s

Watch as Steve and Jens Discuss the Gratical LT and HD EVFs

A year in the making, Steve and Jens brought five different engineering companies together to bring their latest EVF design concept to life. The Gratical LT 1024×768 (16×9 1024×576 3.3M dots) and Gratical HD 1280×1024 (16×9 1280×720 HD 5.5M dots) are the new generation super high resolution Zacuto electronic viewfinders. The Gratical uses an extremely powerful FPGA dual core processor and the latest micro-OLED displays, giving a hugely expanded contrast range with true blacks. Razor sharp optics with -1 to +4 diopter range and the latest Zacuto formula anti-fog protection. Key features include HDMI and HD-SDI in/out (HDMI cross convert to SDI), waveform, vectorscope, histogram, LUTS and much more. Custom cables allowing Gratical to get the same on-screen info as the camera’s proprietary EVF.

Control Grip and Z-Motor

Control GripBalance is everything! Without it you get fatigued—quickly. As cameras get lighter, they need to be placed further back on your shoulder in a ‘Recoil’ position, with the camera essentially behind you in order to balance it. Now, how do you control it? The Control Grip gives you start, stop and five programmable buttons for your cameras as well as a full menu control joystick. Custom cables will be available to control the Canon®, Nikon®, and Panasonic® DSLRs, Sony® F5/F55, ARRI® Amira/Alexa, RED® Epic/Scarlet, and Canon C-Series cameras.  The Control Grip is fully self-powered with swappable LP-E6 batteries.

Combine the Control Grip with our new Z-Motor attached to your lens to create a rocker style servo zoom lens similar to an ENG style lens. So now you can get control of your lens, placed where you need it for a fraction of the price of expensive large sensor ENG style lenses. You can make all your zoom lenses, from a stills zoom to a high-end cinema zoom, become precision servo zoom lenses with extensive camera control. It’s a whole new concept..

VCT Universal Baseplate

Zacuto is updating the VCT Baseplate for a whole new generation of cameras and filmmakers. Our new combination VCT Baseplate with built-in shoulder pad echos traditional ENG cameras but with a modern twist. Our sliding dovetail offers quick balance changes when swapping lenses for any camera set-up and the wide, gel shoulder pad will keep you comfortable all day long. Rods extend from the front of the plate and provide more open accessory rod space than any other VCT-style baseplate. Rods are adjustable up and down to make it universal with most cameras.

VCT Universal BaseplateCanon C300/500 Z-Finder and Accessories

The Zacuto Canon C300/C500 Z-Finder and accessories will be available for you to explore at our booth. See the amazing stability, portability and balance for yourself! Our C300/500 ‘Helmet’ kits replace the plastic Canon handle on the C300/C500 giving you a tiny Helmet cage and greatly adding stability with our new rail handle and mounting ports for Zacuto accessories. Our Z-Finder mounting kit lets you align the new C300/500 Z-Finder right to your eye. Available for pre-order and shipping soon.


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14 Responses to “Zacuto Announces New Products for NAB 2014”

  1. Fred Heinrich on March 28th, 2014 12:36 pm

    Can I get an exhibits pass so I can see this up close?

    Fred Heinrich

  2. Rachel Kenton on March 28th, 2014 3:33 pm

    Get a free exhibits only Zacuto guest pass with code LV6886. Start the registration process here:

  3. Alexis on March 29th, 2014 7:43 am

    Wow! At last a good evf for my c500. When will you be ready to ship the evf?

  4. Rachel Kenton on March 31st, 2014 9:15 am

    We’re still in early stages and don’t have a release date yet. Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter and stay tuned to Twitter (@zacuto) and Facebook for updates.

  5. Mark on April 1st, 2014 12:01 pm

    That VCT Baseplate can’t come any quicker!!! I’ve been waiting for it forever! When is is it being released? I hope people realise how much of a big deal it is – it will give Amira ergonomics to almost any camera. Well done Zacuto!

  6. Rachel Kenton on April 1st, 2014 4:15 pm

    No pricing or release dates yet. Stay tuned after NAB when we should have more updates.

  7. Kevin Otterness on April 1st, 2014 6:36 pm

    I’m really looking forward to the Gratical LT & HD Micro OLED EVF! I need one for my C300!

  8. Bernard Fougeres on April 1st, 2014 7:37 pm

    i won’t be able to be at NAB because i am shooting 2 documentary films in the US with a 5d camera equipped with your zacuto viewfinder. I have been using it for a long time and my biggest problem is that it is very sensible to sunlight( i had my screen replaced during a long shooting,and i am very careful with my equipment) and that with all of your new thing you were not able to come out with a automatic shutting eye cup!!! 25 years ago Arriflex had that kind of eye cup on all of there cameras???

  9. Maarten Toner on April 2nd, 2014 3:17 am

    Oh cool now I can tell everybody that excellent Sachtler copy I bought all those years ago is a Zacuto tripod, not an Axis or Secced :P Solid performer, great price: keep away from sand storms.

  10. First Look at the Upcoming Zacuto Gratical EVF Line - on April 5th, 2014 2:38 pm

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  11. lukegoodmanl on April 7th, 2014 5:04 pm

    What ever happened to the Plasma light?

  12. Best of NAB 2014 - Day 1 TAR ProductionsTAR Productions on April 7th, 2014 8:08 pm

    […] Zacuto Gratical – This looks amazing. A great eyecup, like the one Zacuto already makes, can make or break a shoot. Several times I’ve been in situations where I couldn’t see the image I was recording properly and really scared that I was doing something wrong. In short, these are incredibly valuable. […]

  13. Rachel Kenton on April 16th, 2014 9:27 am

    Update: December 6, 2013
    After 2 years of development, Zacuto has decided not to pursue the release of the PlaZma light. There are a couple of reasons for this decision. First, in the two years of development, other technologies in lighting have been introduced that we think deliver comparable quality and more output of soft light then the PlaZma does today. Second, this plasma technology does not lend itself to being powered by reasonable industry standard batteries. And lastly, along the way, the cost basis of the light kept rising making the technology too expensive. As always, Zacuto’s policy is to not release a product that does not perform to our high standards and better than the competition. To that end, we have decided to stick with our core specialties of optical viewfinders, EVF’s, camera support & accessories, which are our expertise. We know that this may come as a disappointment to some but when creating products, especially new technologies, sometimes they just don’t reach the bench mark to see the light of day.

  14. Jason on April 24th, 2014 2:15 am

    Features Request – NEW EVF –


    I saw a focus assist that works by blocking out everything except what is in focus that looked just like a picture looks in photoshop if you Filter:Stylized:Glowing Edges

    It really helps with 4k critical focus, without the need for a large 4k monitor.

    without it you have no way of knowing if you have critical focus in a moving environment

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE add this feature and I will buy this in a heartbeat!