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Zacuto VCT Pro Baseplate

Zacuto VCT Pro Baseplate
Key Features
  • Front 15mm Rod Adapter Set Far Back
  • Extra Space for Accessories and Balance
  • 10" Track for Balance After Lens Swaps
  • Large Ergonomic Gel Polymer Shoulder Pad
With built-in ergonomic shoulder pad, 10" sliding track, extra space for accessories in front, VCT14-compatible V-wedge, red buttons and levers all around, and much more, this is the stylish VCT Pro Baseplate from Zacuto. Use it with all types of cameras, from DSLRs to larger models, like the Alexa.
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Zacuto Z-VCT-P Overview

With built-in ergonomic shoulder pad, 10" sliding track, extra space for accessories in front, VCT14-compatible V-wedge, red buttons and levers all around, and much more, this is the stylish VCT Pro Baseplate from Zacuto. Use it with all types of cameras, from DSLRs to larger models, like the Alexa.

A section of the baseplate extends out beyond the 15mm LWS rod adapter in front. With the rod adapter thus set back, you have additional space to mount accessories under the camera lens, allowing you to position the camera further back on the plate, keeping the balance point of your rig directly over your shoulder. (The rod adapter is vertically adjustable 1", and has to be in a raised position to allow for accessories to be mounted in the additional space. Also, a 1.8" riser for the rod adapter is optionally available for RED cameras by special order from Zacuto.) Also, on the bottom of the section that protrudes out is where the V-wedge is. There is also a 15mm LWS rod adapter on the rear.

The VCT Pro Baseplate features a 10" sliding track, providing the space to optimally adjust balance after every lens change. Moreover, the included red camera plate can be loosened by a spring-loaded lever instead of a screw, so you can make adjustments quickly and easily. To fully release and remove the plate (and camera), just press a red button on the side of the baseplate and slide the plate out. The rod ports also have spring-loaded levers.

An ARRI M6 rosette is available on the front for attaching accessories and grips, and there are also three 1/4"-20 threaded holes on the side providing additional mounting options. 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 tripod mount holes are available on the bottom to use instead of the V-wedge. The shoulder pad runs pretty much along the entire length as well as width of the baseplate, and is made of gel polymer. Two 6.5" 15mm rods are included. One 1/4"-20 and one 3/8"-16 screw are supplied for the camera plate. The VCT Pro Baseplate is made in the USA.

Key Features
  • Front rod adapter is set far back, providing more space for accessories, and allowing the camera to be positioned further back for better balance
  • 10" sliding track (with spring-loaded lever) for balance adjustment after lens changes
  • VCT14-compatible V-wedge
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 tripod mount holes
  • Ergonomic gel polymer shoulder pad
  • 15mm LWS rod adapter on the rear
  • Front rod adapter is vertically adjustable 1"; optional 1.8" riser available from Zacuto for RED cameras
  • ARRI M6 rosette
  • Three 1/4"-20 threaded holes for accessories
  • Includes two 6.5" 15mm rods
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screws supplied
  • Made in the USA

Zacuto Z-VCT-P Specs

Support TypeShoulder Support
Grip TypeNone
Camera CompatibilityUniversal
Rod Standard15 mm LWS / 60 mm Spacing
Included Rods2 x 6.5" / 16.5 cm 15 mm Rod
Accessory MountingSide: 3 x 1/4"-20 Thread
Camera MountingQuick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw, 3/8"-16 Screw
Tripod Mounting1/4"-20 Thread, 3/8"-16 Thread, VCT-14
Rod Ports2 x 15 mm Rod Port
RosettesSide: 1 x ARRI Rosette w/ M6 Thread
Dimensions14.25 x 4.25 x 2" / 36.2 x 10.8 x 5 cm (with Rods)
Weight2.1 lb / 0.96 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.7 x 10.4 x 7.8"

Zacuto Z-VCT-P Reviews

Locking mechanism is cheap metal

By Sean
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-06

The most important piece of the whole thing is the locking mechanism that holds the baseplate in place and keeps it from moving and sliding back and forth. Unfortunately, the tab that holds it, is thin and cheap, and easily breakable, rendering the entire thing useless. Any kind of rough action will snap this thing off.

Great build Quality

By andre
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-12

Very happy with the build and setup of this plate so far. Good build and shoulder gel makes it comfortable to go handheld. The included front rods are a nice bonus especially at the regular price point.

Little expensive

By mohamed
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-04-10

Its good feels good but little expensive

Baseplate Heaven

By Ross
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-10

Well built, high quality camera baseplate that can operate with many smaller professional cameras. Sliding plate feature & rosette are a huge improvement over previous model.

I love it!

By Corey
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-08

Pretty solid piece of gear. I just wish the shoulder area was about an inch longer.


By Yoo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-15

Very good for c300

Versatile baseplate

By Cayley
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-13

Versatile baseplate with lots of option. Fits most cameras

Ergonomic, comfortable baseplate

By Benjamin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-08

We counterbalance on tripods, but why not cameras for shoulder work? Ive been shooting on Sony F5s and F55s with heavy cine zooms like the CN7x17 Canon PL zoom which, for off-the-shoulder work, throws your camera off balance making the camera very front heavy.  This can be a problem because if youre shooting long days handheld, operators can get tendonitis in their elbows from the strain. This is EXACTLY what you need to get the camera balanced again on your shoulder. With 10 of travel on the baseplate, it allows you to repo the camera weight with a variety of lenses. While it is slightly heavier than my previous baseplate, its well worth the slight increase in weight to get the shoulder counterbalance right. And with the gel shoulder pad, its comfortable to use. Good design with the adjustable rod height which can be flipped for increased height. Cant recommend this product enough. Wish I had it a long time ago.

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With the first version of Universal VCT, with a Sony FS7, the stock LCD was too close to the face, with no possibility of moving the camera forward. Did someone try this new version with a FS7? Is it possible to move the camera enough forward to get the stock LCD with stock bracket to a good distance of the face?
Asked by: Anonymous
Sony designed the LCD to be used with the loupe when in shoulder mode. Thus the LCD mounting rod, while improved with a non-twisty square post with the F7 Mark II, is not really meant to extend the LCD in shoulder mode. Since Zacuto is all about getting the camera back on the shoulder, and not forward, I do not see this plate being able to do what you wish.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this work with the Zacuto half cage? Not the 15mm rod cage but the Z-rail half-cage, it looks like the plate knob would be in the way
Asked by: Tyler
While all the knobs are of the ratchet type (meaning you can pull the knob out for repositioning) the final answer depends greatly on the camera and the other accoutrement you using. So that we may best assist you, please email us at [email protected]
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is this compatible with the shape VCT Tripod ...

Is this compatible with the shape VCT Tripod plate?
Asked by: Jay
Currently I am using the VCT base plate. I believe Zacuto recommends their baseplate but the VCT 14 works fine. Bill
Answered by: William
Date published: 2019-01-23


How long of a M6 Screw do I need for the rosette? Looking to attach the FS7 arm, but need a new screw.
Asked by: Jimi
From what you are saying, our suggestion is that you get this. Zacuto Zgrip Trigger for Sony FS7M2 B&H # ZAZZG72T.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2019-02-18

Is the small red sliding camera mounting plate ...

Is the small red sliding camera mounting plate compatible with arca type clamps such as the Kessler kwik?
Asked by: Anonymous
The sliding camera plate is not arca type. However Zacuto offers the VCT Pro Tripod Doc, B&H # ZAZVCTPD, for this exact purpose.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2018-12-23


Does this attach directly to a tripod?
Asked by: Brandon
I hate to disagree with staff but the item as shown in the pictures will not fit directly to a tripod as supplied. You will need to buy the VCT Tripod Adapter Plate SKU# Z-VCTTP that has the wedge clamp and then you can fit it to a tripod plate. Wow do I know? Because I bought the item shown and then had to buy the VCT Tripod Plate as an extra.Frank
Answered by: Frank M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Is zacuto VCT arri M6 rosette applicable to other site of plate? It was on older version
Asked by: ziya b.
No. The Rosette mount is only on the right side of plate. The design of the Model of plate does not allow you to move/ or attach another rosette on the left side. You would have to attach a rosette system on the rails to accommodate rosette mounts for left and right connections.
Answered by: John M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does this baseplate support 19mm rods? Or does anyone know if it has an attachment that can support 19mm rods?
Asked by: David
This baseplate does not support 19 mm rods, but there is an adapter from Zacuto called a Z-J-1 Jeep Rod Adapter: https://<a href= target= _blank ></a>Basically you would need 15mm rods that attach to the front of this baseplate, and the Jeep adapter would fit onto those 15mm rods and would give you the ability to attach 19mm rods at the proper spacing. I have used adapters similar to this and was surprised at how stiff and strong they were.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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