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#1 John Perry SOC

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Posted 04 October 2005 - 03:14 AM

I just picked up a live multi-camera tv series using the Sony 950 HD cameras (All Mobile Video's HD truck) and need to get a short (6ft or so) super thin fiber cable to connect to the main camera cable, run thru my vest and then connect to the camera (basically to serve the same purpose of Tiffen's triax adapters, except for the Sony 950). I believe there is fiber along with a couple of conductors inside the cable.

Does anyone know where to get these...or have them custom made? I already checked with Fred Davis, but he doesn't do fiber.

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#2 MarkKaravite

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Posted 23 November 2005 - 09:07 PM

Hey John,

I have been looking for the same cable, with no luck so far. I also talked with Fred Davis, and he referred me to someone who does fiber connectors, but he couldn't help me. You are correct, the HD fiber cable carries the fiber optic signal for HD video and control signals, as well as copper cable for power to the camera. It is the copper cable that makes the cable too stiff for Steadicam.

I have flown Telecast's Copperhead unit on HD cameas with good results. Telecast has both a powered, and a non powered version (no copper cable in the non powered version). This non powered fiber cable is very light and supple, and created very little pull on the camera.

The problem with creating a non powered jumper cable, is what do you do with the DC voltage that is coming down the 950's cable? That was the stumbling block with the technicians I spoke with. None of them were sure what would happen with adding a cable that would not continue to provide power, and you can't turn the power off at the camera's CCU.

Email me at mkaravite@comcast.net, and I can give you the number for a guy I know at Telecast, and he may be able to help us out. I think it would be worthwhile for someone to manufacture a nice, Steadicam fiber cable, because it seems alot of people could use them.

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#3 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 24 November 2005 - 12:25 AM

I have flown Telecast's Copperhead unit on HD cameas with good results. Telecast has both a powered, and a non powered version (no copper cable in the non powered version). This non powered fiber cable is very light and supple, and created very little pull on the camera.



That man, (The only man to talk to at Telecast imo) is Jim Hurwitz. I had the great pleasure working with him to develop the Coppperhead box and make the steadicam friendly mods too it. (there is also a superlight steadicam box that I had him build)

Tell Jim I said hi.

Jim Hurwitz
Product Manager, Camera Systems
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.
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#4 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 24 November 2005 - 01:10 AM

Contact Mohawk/CDT. 800 422-9961 in Chicago. Item # M82046 or SOCX#521-4. This is a 6' Fiber flexible adapter that hooks to the Sony fiber connector. Was $605.00. The truck may have one. Check first. Good luck.
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