Zacuto

VCT Pro Baseplate


Universal for all cameras

The VCT Pro baseplate echoes a traditional ENG style camera with a modern twist. VCT worked well for ENG cameras but modern cameras are lighter and shorter, without a heavy tape recorder or film magazine on the back. Zacuto designers set out to create a universal baseplate that merged the stability and ease of a classic VCT with contemporary cameras and rigs.

With lenses and cameras being similar weights, the balance point on modern rigs is where the lens meets the camera body. This is perfect for a VCT style baseplate that places your camera virtually behind you. The VCT Pro is balanced and comfortable. Features unique to Zacuto, including a sliding top plate and adjustable rod mount, make this a truly universal baseplate for all cameras, from a mirrorless to one the size on an Alexa.

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Top grade, quality construction

Lightweight at only 960 grams with near endless adjustability to fit you and your camera.

VCT Universal Baseplate Sideview

VCT Universal Baseplate Balance Comparison

Balance

VCT Pro based rigs are all about finding perfect balance for your camera. Our lightweight, adjustable rod mount is set far back in the plate, offering plenty of accessory-capable area under the camera lens. This allows you to position your camera further back on the plate, keeping the balance point of your rig directly over your shoulder.

The shoulder pad portion of the VCT Pro is set as far forward on the plate as possible to maximize your accessory capable rod area and aid with balance.

Our elegant sliding top plate enables quick lens changes and lets you take your camera off the rig in seconds. This top plate with mounting screw tracks is also a key balancing feature. The VCT Pro offers 10” of camera balance sliding range.

VCT Sliding Range

Adjustable Rod Riser

Adjustable Rod Riser

Low Profile

Keeping the camera low prevents already tall cameras from being too top heavy. With our VCT, the distance from the bottom of your camera to your shoulder is just 1.2″

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“I’ve been looking for the perfect universal shoulder mount for ages. So far the new VCT Pro is about as close as it gets. Love it. The original design was good, but having the new sliding plate means I can balance the camera super quick, whatever the camera package.”

-Dan Chung, Cinematographer, founder newsshooter.com

Foundation of the Next Generation Recoil Rig

vct pro universal camera baseplate foundation

Next Generation Recoil rigs allow every camera on the market, from a tiny mirrorless to a camera the size of an ALEXA to use one single mounting platform—the Zacuto VCT Pro baseplate.

Next Generation Recoil rigs are designed for optimal balance and comfort when filming shoulder mounted or on a tripod. In a Recoil rig, the balance point, approximately where the lens meets the camera body, needs to be directly over your shoulder which puts the camera behind you. This requires focus, monitoring and camera controls to be relocated forward, creating a lighter and shorter rig.

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Technical Specifications

VCT Pro $650
BASIC FEATURES 14.25” x 4.25” x 2” (LxWxH) with 6.5” rods Two quick releasable 6.5” rods included
Weighs 960 grams Two quick-release rod ports in the back
Wide gel-polymer shoulder pad One ¼ 20 & ⅜ 16 removable screws included
One Arri M6 rosette on right side
ADJUSTABILITY Lightweight adjustable rod mount
25mm of vertical adjustment
10” of camera balance sliding range
Unique sliding top plate to quickly adjust for lens changes or to release the camera from your rig
COMPATIBILITY Unique design creates more accessory rod capable area
V-wedge style tripod connector or directly mount your tripod plate via ¼ 20 & ⅜ 16 screw holes
¼ 20 screw holes along the side for accessory mounting options

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Thank you for your interest in Zacuto’s VCT Pro baseplate. Questions or comments? Please contact our sales and customer service team at (312) 863 3452 or sales@zacuto.com. Live chat is also available during Chicago business hours.

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