Here are a few pics of my latest little project - Marrying the Hyperdeck to the Cinetronic 2, while still keeping the Battery Mount on the Monitor.
The Hyperdeck is not the ideal recorder for all of my purposes, it's impractical to use to record EVERY take as you can not delete clips from the machine and files tends to use up a lot of space - especially in this 'KEEP ROLLING' digital world we are in now. It also does not have a trigger function that works with the Alexa unless the Alexa is set to "roll timecode on record" which on most sets it is not. It recognizes the Panasonic protocol SDI trigger but I'm not sure what cameras use that. So presently I'm using it to record rehearsals and TAKES that I'd like to keep for my own purposes. If I'd like to keep anything I record it after the fact by playing it back from the camera and making a duplicate onto the Hyperdeck. I've been bringing home the SSD card on the weekends to delete what I don't want and archive the footage I like.
I'm hopeful that Blackmagic still has plans to improve the firmware to add a few more features that will make the unit more Steadicam friendly. Clip delete and more all encompassing SDI trigger recognition would be a good start.
I have all of the power cables running through the Shuttle. There is a direct feed from the Battery to the Monitor and a regulated 12v feed on a switch soldered directly to the Hyperdeck circuit board. I've taken the battery out of the Hyperdeck as I don't want to be charging the internal battery while I'm powering the unit anyways with the monitor batt. The shuttle can handle more than 12v but I'm playing it safe with the regulator.
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The Hyperdeck Shell is thick enough to tap M3 threads into it to reattach the battery mount onto the back of the Recorder. The Shuttle comes apart pretty easily if you're handy with electronics and have torx screwdriver bits.
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The two backs of each unit are attached to each other using small nuts and bolts I drilled four holes into the corners of the Cinetronic back cover to allow the BM back cover to be attached first. There are two screws in the Cinetronic back that are covered by the shuttle and can no longer be used but the strength of the plates together make them unnecessary.
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There are a few tricks along the way and it's late here so if anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer them later.