16×9 Inc is releasing their Compact Cine Base system for the new generation of large-sensor camcorders. The system is ideal for the Panasonic AG-AF100, Sony PMW-F3 and NEX FS-100 camcorders. It allows the camera to be built in a full 15mm or 19mm studio configuration or lightweight 15mm mode. It is composed of three sections: the dove tail, the baseplate and a spacer.
The dovetail has been tapped with 3/8-16 holes for balancing your camera plate anywhere along the length of the plate. These holes are offset from the center approximately 5mm, and alongside are a series of 3/8-16 and 1/4-20 tapped holes. This will accommodate camera plates that incorporate tie-down screws in these two sizes. The offset is minimal, so no need to worry about mounting your camcorder to this platform. The ends of the dovetail are comprised of spring loaded offsets. In order to take the camera off the plate, simply slide the end over so that it is flush with the rest of the rail – a clever idea that makes mounting/dismounting the camera fast and secure. Keep in mind that this dovetail is exclusive to the 16×9 system; other top plates will not mount directly to the dovetail.
The baseplate is machined for 15mm lightweight rods and has a dovetail on top. The dovetail is the interface for the camera spacer. Spacers are separate from the baseplate – if you own multiple cameras, only the spacer needs to be purchased separately. The bottom of the baseplate shares two sets of tapped holes as well and the center is a combo of 3/8-16 and 1/4-20 tapped holes. The offset tapped holes are a set of three 3/8-16 taps. The baseplate will interface with third party 15mm and 19mm studio top plates and the 15mm lightweight spacing will accommodate handheld rigs as well as lens supports.
16X9 Inc. PL Adapters are available now at AbelCine. The baseplate, dovetail and risers will be available soon. Watch my video above for more details on the Compact Cine Baseplate system.
We have received requests to see more of the 16X9 inc. Compact Cine Baseplate. Click the stills below for a closer look.