May 19, 2021/ / VIDEOS/ Comments: 21

Skateboarders can’t seem to let the VX1000 die, but with Mini DV tapes becoming discontinued and increasingly harder to find, the VX may literally become unusable in the future.

We have caught wind of a few different workarounds for this problem, like this guy who modified the tape deck of his VX to take SD cards, but skate filmer Erick Carrada and his friends hit us up about their own ingenious solution: recording straight into a hard drive.

The FS-5 Recorder from Focus Enhancements is a super niche, somewhat expensive device, but these guys figured out a way to put it to good use, connecting it directly to a VX taking the live feed from the viewfinder straight into the memory bank.

It’s really that easy. You just gotta grab the items for the rig, mount it all together, and film all the footage your heart desires until the end of time.


FS-5 recorder
Velcro strips
Firewire cable
Cable fasteners
USB A to USB A cable

NOTE: Be sure to leave a minimum of 1/4 inch of space between the camera and the recorder to avoid overheating the recorder.

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  1. Dickie Johnson

    May 27, 2021 8:20 pm

    Shake Junt griptape 4 lyfe

  2. shirley feldman

    April 2, 2023 11:00 pm

    Hey there! I just read your tutorial on how to film with the VX1000 without using tapes, and I found it to be a really interesting and informative read. As someone who is interested in skateboarding and videography, I appreciated your detailed explanation of the various tools and techniques that can be used to work around the limitations of the VX1000’s tape-based recording system.

    Your step-by-step guide for using a capture card to record footage directly from the VX1000’s output was particularly helpful. I also found your discussion of the pros and cons of using different types of capture cards to be very informative.

    I think your tutorial will be a great resource for anyone who wants to experiment with filming on the VX1000 without the limitations of tape-based recording. Your clear and concise instructions, along with the helpful tips and tricks you included throughout the tutorial, make it easy to follow and understand.

    Overall, I think your tutorial is a valuable contribution to the skateboarding and videography communities, and I’m sure it will be appreciated by anyone who is interested in using this classic camera to create high-quality skate videos. Thanks for sharing your expertise with your readers!

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  3. Corey Tucker

    April 11, 2023 12:38 am

    Hey Jenkem team! I just read your tutorial on how to film with the VX1000 without tapes, and I have to say, I’m blown away by the creativity and ingenuity of the skateboarding community when it comes to making the most of their gear.

    I loved the step-by-step instructions and detailed photos that you provided in the tutorial. Your explanations of the hardware and software necessary to make this work were clear and concise, making it easy for anyone to follow along. It’s really impressive how you were able to repurpose an old camera that many people might have thought was no longer usable.

    As someone who’s always been interested in film and video production, I found your article to be a great example of how thinking outside the box can lead to some really cool results. It’s inspiring to see how the skateboarding community is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with their gear and coming up with new and creative ways to capture their tricks.

    Overall, I think your tutorial is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to experiment with their video equipment and try something new. Thank you for sharing your expertise and knowledge with the skateboarding community, and I can’t wait to see what other tricks and hacks you come up with in the future!
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  4. Narendra

    July 14, 2023 5:15 am

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