VariZoom VZ-ROCK-DVX Variable Rocker Zoom Controller for Panasonic AG-DVX100 & AG-DVC80 Video Camcorders
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The VZ-Rock-DVX has a precision machined rocker and body (black ABS plastic). The unique variable speed Rocker Zoom thumb control allows user to maintain the slowest crawl or gradually ramp up speed and then decrease speed gradually all in one smooth motion!
Because your thumb never leaves the speed control you have quick response time and smooth actions to zoom in, zoom out, zoom faster or zoom slower. Simply push to the left of rocker to zoom out(wide) or to the right to zoom in (telephoto). No shaking the camera or time lost fumbling to find the right button to zoom in or zoom out.
A low profile record button ("R") avoids accidental activation. The intuitive rocker focus control provides you with smooth ergonomic control. Place your thumb in center of the rocker and move thumb forward to focus near or shift your thumb back to focus far. This is the only rocker control of it's kind that DOES NOT! share the rocker for both zoom and focus. Seperate controls for zoom and focus is essential for quick active response times. No time will be lost switching back and forth with a shared control.
And finally, the Wake up from standby button ("ON") Your camera manufacturer wisely created this safety feature to protect your camera. VariZoom controls respects this feature and utilizes it to the videographers greatest advantage. The purpose of this critical safety feature is to prevent damage to your cameras tape heads and the tape itself. When a camera is in pause mode the tape is still engaged with the spinning recording heads of the camera.
Because the tape is not moving when in pause mode the heads will be spinning in place on the tape. The standby safety mode activates the tape transport to disengage the tape from the recording heads. This of course eliminates wear and tear on your camera and your tape. When National Geographic uses our VariZoom's on their wildlife shoots, they sometimes wait for hours with the camera in standby mode. When they get ready to shoot again they press our "wake up from stand-by button" and then the tape re-engages the recording heads and remains in pause until the record button is pushed.
NEW EXTRA FEATURES WITH VZ-Rock! Shuttle Search Control! Surf through your tape with the new Frame Forward (F+) and Frame Reverse (F-) shuttle buttons. Press this button once and it surfs through your tape one frame at a time. Or, jog through your tape by pressing and holding the button down. On-Screen Data Control! Turn your on-screen data in your view finder on and off (DATA)! Works much like your "display" button on your camcorder. And Finally, Auto Focus (A) Turn your focus control from auto focus to manual and back again with the VZ-Rock! (This feature not available on certain camera models)