Mount Bottom-Loading Camcorder on a Tripod

FresHDV points to a company that makes accessories for mounting a bottom-loading camcorder onto a tripod so you can change tapes without having to remove the camera entirely:

One of the curses of cheap cost-effective “consumer” camcorders is the bottom-loading tape transport. It forces you to unscrew your tripod plate from the camera to swap tapes, which is a complete deal-breaker in some situations. For instance, long-form event shooting often requires multiple tape changes which renders these low-cost camcorders a lot less viable.

Fortunately, there are a number of accessories that can ease the pain of a bottom-loading camcorder. This company offers a number of shims and plate adapters for a wide variety of consumer camcorders that make it possible to load a tape without removing the camera from your tripod. And they are pretty reasonably priced too. Check ‘em out.

  1. Very interesting. Another great way of avoiding the troubles of replacing tapes during extended periods of recording is purchasing a digital camcorder with an internal hard drive. Hitachi, Panasonic, and Samsung have affordable digital camcorders that feature up to 30 GB of internal space. Plus, the video quality is superb!


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