AIS-FLAT v2 - Universal shoe mount for Sony camcorders with AIS mount
NEW: Now with all metal construction and easier to use than original AIS-FLAT
This is an adapter for Sony Camcorders with the Active Interface Shoe AIS to allow it to accept generic / standard / cold / universal type shoe accessories, such as standard microphones, shotgun mics, lights and flash. This adapter tightens down securely, it will not rattle or fall out. The shoe is made of metal and powder coated, the knob is anodized aluminum and the base is made from stainless steel. The black and silver versions are the same except for coating color.
Please note that this is only a mechanical adapter. AIS-FLAT will not pass audio, flash, or other electrical signals between the camcorder and mounted device.
Sony HDR-CX7, HC1, HC3, HC5, HC7, HC9, SR1, SR5, SR7, SR10, SR11, SR12, UX1, UX5, UX7, HXRMC50U, HDR-XR520v, HDR-XR550 are known compatible, and all other camcorders with the AIS socket should be compatible. The HVR-A1 is compatible but requires that the XLR block be disconnected, which is not recommended.
Sony’s AIS / Active Interface Shoe socket should not be confused with their older IAS – Intelligent Accessory Shoe. The IAS can already accept standard cold shoe devices, but the newer AIS cannot. If the mounting shoe has a cover plate to hide it when not used, then it is probably an AIS shoe. Please check your manual if you are unsure. This AIS-FLAT adapter will mount IAS devices to an AIS camera, but the electrical signals will not be passed between the device and the camera. Someone needing an IAS riser or vertical mount should look at the UNI-FLAT and UNI-CUBE.
The standard AIS-FLAT adapter ships with a durable satin black powder coating. AIS-FLAT-SILVER is the same as the AIS-FLAT except the shoe mount is powder coated with a glossy silver color to better match camcorders with silver color themes. The first two pictures show AIS-FLAT-SILVER for best picture clarity.
The pictures show an HDR-HC1 with the AIS cover completely removed. It is not necessary to detach the cover from the camera to use the AIS-FLAT or AIS-CUBE.