Bottom Loading workaround? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony HDV and DV Camera Systems > Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series

Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series
Sony's latest single-CMOS additions to their HDV camcorder line.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 12th, 2006, 08:02 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Minneapolis Minnesota
Posts: 347
Bottom Loading workaround?

I've tried the search, but couldn't find it. I know awhile ago I read a thread about a quick on/off tripod mount that would enable you to get to the bottom loading tape drive of the HC-1 rather easily. Does any one remember it? There was a link to some items at B&H. I'm leaving for a trip in 2 weeks and would like to get one before I go. Thanks for the Help:)
Paul Kepen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 12th, 2006, 08:05 PM   #2
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Concord, CA
Posts: 118
check this thread http://dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=53249
second post down
R.P. Cuenco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 12th, 2006, 09:03 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Clermont, FL.
Posts: 941
This is what you need:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tripod-adapter-f...QQcmdZViewItem

Made and sold by a guy on this group. The construction is top notch and the cut out is exactly the right shape for the HC-1 or A1. I have one and it stays on the camera all the time.
Laurence Kingston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2006, 05:54 AM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 200
anyone tried this with a beachtek? Or can measure the distances from the tripod hole to the edge?

thanks
Min Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 18th, 2006, 08:56 AM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Posts: 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by Min Lee
anyone tried this with a beachtek? Or can measure the distances from the tripod hole to the edge?
Do you mean is the Beachtek DXA-2s?

I checked the dimensions on their site, I think it would work fine.

Unfortunately, I don't have many of these finished parts on hand. I am making another batch, which I hope will be done within a week. I just found a new one set aside that isn't listed, so for one lucky person that can't wait a week, I can send that out any time.
Jeff DeMaagd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 18th, 2006, 09:39 PM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Clermont, FL.
Posts: 941
You know, the bottom loading solution could become something more: a bottom loading offset/beachtek/mic-mount would be pretty darned cool!
Laurence Kingston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 19th, 2006, 12:10 AM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 200
I agree. I would like to see an offset/rod system for matte box or 35mm adapters.
Min Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 20th, 2006, 11:18 AM   #8
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Posts: 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by Laurence Kingston
You know, the bottom loading solution could become something more: a bottom loading offset/beachtek/mic-mount would be pretty darned cool!
I already have something in the works that can do something like this, though the Beachtek would simply be treated as a tripod accessory, and is also a vertical rise rather than side offset. It wouldn't be specific to a particular product, any tripod compatible accessory should work with it. I hope to have a pilot run for comments the end of next week.

One thing I didn't ask is whether the Beachtek itself can bolt to a tripod, that would be important.

Edit: I watched the video on their site, showed what I needed to know, and the answer is yes.
Jeff DeMaagd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 27th, 2006, 10:16 AM   #9
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, UK
Posts: 161
Out of stock

The tripod spacer adaptor is still out of stock on the ebay site. Anyone any idea when there will be more in ?
Mike Wade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 27th, 2006, 10:53 AM   #10
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Posts: 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Wade
The tripod spacer adaptor is still out of stock on the ebay site. Anyone any idea when there will be more in ?
Mike;

I should have more on or before Friday, Feb 3. Thank you.

Jeff

edit: corrected date.

Last edited by Jeff DeMaagd; January 27th, 2006 at 04:51 PM.
Jeff DeMaagd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 1st, 2006, 09:17 AM   #11
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Posts: 202
New model

Images of prototype of new model:
sitting on table
on tripod

The prototype is uncoated, bare aluminum, the real product is powder coated black. In actual use, I think it's surprisingly nice. The only time I take it off is for test fitting my other adapter models.

I made this version because people with larger tripod heads where having some trouble getting my main version to work. Shown is the version with an accessory mount, I will offer a version without that as well. The accessory mount accepts the Canon SA-1 (shown in first picture), Bescor VB-50 (shown in second picture) and similar shoe mount adapters that would normally screw into the tripod mount hole.

I should have this and more of the standard thin plate version up for sale and ready to ship tonight or tomorrow.
Jeff DeMaagd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 9th, 2006, 04:55 PM   #12
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Okemos, MI
Posts: 174
I just received Jeff's newly designed adapter, the one with the accessory mount.
It works nicely with my larger tripod head and it's extremely well-made. I can also see where there are advantages to keeping the camera on it even when not using a tripod, since the camera is very stable sitting on the adapter as a base. Nice job, Jeff!
Patricia Lamm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 9th, 2006, 05:44 PM   #13
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Inland Northwest
Posts: 490
For sale on Ebay now.
David Saraceno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 9th, 2006, 06:52 PM   #14
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Posts: 202
Thanks for the kind words, Patricia, I am glad it works well for you.

The adapters have been listed for a week now, somehow I didn't think it was necessary to make a post.

I now have a slightly more formal page listing what I am currently selling, which is here:

http://demaagd.com/accessories.html

Most of my selling is still through eBay because the web store front isn't finished, but I am trying to keep the links accurate.
Jeff DeMaagd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 10th, 2006, 12:39 AM   #15
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 198
Jeff, truly amazing. You have saved me from a pain-in-the-butt routine. I will tell the world about you! :)
Alexander Karol is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony HDV and DV Camera Systems > Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:39 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network