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#1 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 01:06 PM

I'm curious, when using standard velcro to mount stuff, do you or your AC's have a standard practice for which side gets the male and which side gets the female velcro? Is there any kind of industry "standard'?

For instance, would the smaller item/accessory/modifier get the female (such as BFD receiver, wireless mic receiver, monitor hood) typically get the female and the larger item or "receiver" item (sled, camera, monitor, cheeseplate) get the male (or vice versa)? Or is there a different logic (such as convenience in things not getting stuck to your case's interior fabric), or do you see no standard practice?
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#2 Brian Freesh

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 01:12 PM

Soft side on the camera. Makes life very simple. This means the entire camera set-up. Mattebox, steadicam, etc... Whatever you are attaching with velcro is always hard side.
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#3 Tom Wills

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 01:43 PM

Yep, I've always seen and used soft side on camera and rigs. The logic I've heard is that you always want the hard side covered - whether because it sticks to things, it's uncomfortable against you if on the side of the camera, etc... Therefore hard side always goes to accessories.
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#4 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 02:54 PM

I'm curious, when using standard velcro to mount stuff, do you or your AC's have a standard practice for which side gets the male and which side gets the female velcro? Is there any kind of industry "standard'?

For instance, would the smaller item/accessory/modifier get the female (such as BFD receiver, wireless mic receiver, monitor hood) typically get the female and the larger item or "receiver" item (sled, camera, monitor, cheeseplate) get the male (or vice versa)? Or is there a different logic (such as convenience in things not getting stuck to your case's interior fabric), or do you see no standard practice?



Easiest was to think about this. When handholding the camera what side of velcro do you want touching you?

Soft Side ALWAYS goes on the camera, hard side ALWAYS goes on the box or cable you are sticking to the camera
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#5 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 03:56 PM

Thanks, this makes sense, and parallels my experience generally.

How far does this logic extend? When items are mounted to the sled? Or to a monitor?

A couple of things got me thinking about this recently.

1. Rented a Marshall monitor to a production (I know the AC personally), it came back with hardside velcro on the monitor for a shade they presumably rigged. Related, I've seen Hoodman shades with softside velcro sown onto the edge. Maybe just convenient for manufacture, or is it general practice to affix hardside to monitors?

2. The tally remote sensors I've seen are constructed with the sensor sandwiched between two layers of softside velcro, which of course would require hardside on the camera. Exception to the general rule, I guess?
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