Today we finally are introducing our ACT Recoil system. It’s been about a year in the works – something like that? It has!
Let’s talk about where it came from. It seems like everything we talk about
comes from this! Well, it has to. I mean that was the best form factor for
putting a camera on your shoulder. Here this was the original VCT, and the
VCT was this triangular locking system and it was great, man, you would just, you
know, kerplunk! Lock it in, and then we would take it and you’d throw it up on
your shoulder and it was amazing. It was super quick and super easy. So that led
us originally to come up with, you know, our VCT Baseplate which is the exact
same thing, as you can see, and the cameras of our day now needed it because
they were square boxes and you couldn’t put a shoulder pad where it belonged on
those cameras so that’s why you needed this. Well and then as you can see here,
we created this sort of sliding deck so that you could balance the
camera. Everything we do, if it’s not balanced you might as well not even
buy a thing it’s completely unusable. So now these mirrorless cameras come
out you know and everybody’s all gaga for these things, and to be
honest with you, I kind of like them too! They’re small, they’re easy to use, but
nobody’s really successfully put this on your shoulder and in many other
positions. You know typically they’re just sort of kind of doing this which
you’re always kind of shooting up on somebody. For these cameras the
Arca-Swiss style wedge plate is really the size you want
to use. It fits better on the cages on the cameras by themselves. So with the ACT
Recoil system what we wanted to do is invent a system that you could shoot
like 20 different ways – on your shoulder, hold it this way, you know how people
want to do that because in reality you are you’re moving from tripod to your
shoulder to gorilla style all the time. So this one system that contains six
parts, the ACT Recoil, can work in every single one of these configurations with
every single one of these mirrorless cameras and other small cameras. So let’s
talk about the basic parts of the system. There are six components. One of the first
pieces in the collection is the cage. The cages form fit for the
camera – we have a universal one as well, but the key here is that it has the Arca
style wedge on the bottom so that that it will connect into the ACT Baseplate.
Now let’s talk about the ACT Baseplate which you can, you know, put on your
shoulder – it feels great! I mean it’s so light, it’s amazing. Next
let’s talk about the Right Trigger Grip and you can see how easily you bring this on.
You just lock it in; look at that. You can set it backwards for tripod use, you can
send it frontwards for handheld use. Show the Tactical Handle, I love this thing!
Yeah, this is great. So here when you put this baby on, it can
go on the top like that, but it has many other features. You can loosen this and
you can rotate it and it can be used as a side handle. Now I can hold this like
this and get all kinds of interesting shots like that. You can also turn it
around, so now I can shoot like this or like this, which is really nice.
Alright let’s build this up now for handheld ease. OK, so we take the Tactical
Handle, it goes up here on top. Now you insert the Axis Micro which is a really
interesting kind of mount. It’s really simplistic, especially when you use it with the
free EVF with the “saucy joint” on it. Check this out, okay,
we use this rosette mount to lock it in and then here you can see, this is the
thing, oh look at that man! It’s just got that wonderful movement in there.
Okay so this is a fully built up shoulder rig. It’s got the six components
it’s got the Right Trigger Grip, the ACT Baseplate, a cage, the Tactical Handle, the Axis Micro, and the free ACT EVF Pro. You loosen this baby and on your shoulder it
goes. It’s like, oh yeah, that feels amazing! I mean look, I’m barely holding
this thing it’s incredible. This configuration is our Recoil, just like
our other VCT Recoils. Look at how I can adjust my grip. You can’t do that with
a rosette. I can have it wherever I want, it just locks in. Oh yeah that feels
great. It’s amazing. I mean look this thing. It weighs like nothing and it’s rock solid. Then if I want to put it on the deck, you don’t have handles
out where it could get tipped over or whatnot. And then back on your shoulder
superfast. Pull that down and you’re ready to shoot again.
I mean it’s so fast. Now in this Recoil configuration you can move to any of
these configurations quickly. You can go to your tripod, you can go to your
shoulder, you can pull that off and be in guerrilla style in just seconds. So
Steve, there are people who have cameras that don’t want to use the cage or don’t
have one. What’s our solution for that? Like these
larger cameras, the cage does get kind of bulky, so here we have that camera
mounted on the red plate and now you just install the Axis Curve and you
slide it back like this and lock it in. Now you have an EVF mount, you know, for
either shoulder use or for a tripod use. It’s kind of a new interesting concept.
So these kits – six components -free EVF, which is one of the six components. I
mean it’s a really unique system. The point of the whole thing was to create a
fully balanced system, which is our Recoil concept that we invented
long ago. If you don’t have it balanced – just get out of the business, you can’t shoot! So ACT Recoil, we’re very proud of it. It’s going to really be
helpful to shooting with DSLR and DSLM cameras.