Had an interesting problem on set this week. An AC managed to pull the BNC connector out of my PRO junction box when removing the camera from the rig! It wasn't a big deal because we were able to fit it back in place (the copper wire was not damaged - just the connector to its fitting) and tape the thing before we were needed to shoot. Got me thinking though. While my TB-6 includes a BNC on the back (thank you Greg Bubb for such a smart design) that still means video is not going through the sled and would therefore need to be T-offed to the transmitter, etc. Not ideal. Anyway, a great, simple, back-up for perhaps the most fragile connector on the rig occurred to me. I called Fred Davis and had him make me a small four pin Lemo (the connector for video taps & transmitters - usually has power and video through it) to BNC adapter cable. Now I can get video into the sled a second way from any BNC source. Despite being up and running with the temporary fix, Fred made the cable immediately and over-nighted it to me - just in case.
Kudos to GPI and its modular design as well. At weeks end, we were in Time Square, where cars are not a good option, and it was great to be able to take off the J-Box, throw it in my shoulder bag, board a subway and bring it home to fix. It would have been a pain had I needed to bring the entire sled with me. Thanks to GPI for over-nighting the proper sized BNC too (had not realized there are several sizes on the rack side).
Once again, modularity and customer service are soooo important!!!!!
Edited by Alec Jarnagin, 12 November 2005 - 11:01 AM.