When connecting a short SMPTE (or triax) jumper cable to the main working cable, the 2 connectors plugged together can be a bit long and awkward. I was wondering if anyone can share a good way to "wear" the connectors as well as how to strain relief the cable. Thanks!
Connector managment and strain relief with a SMPTE jumper
Posted 05 September 2016 - 01:26 PM
Ok, here is what I came up with. I attached a carabiner to a loop of the truck SMPTE cable for strain relief and then to it's own connector. That way there is no stress on the jumper if the truck cable gets yanked. I prefer to route my cable from below the arm, so I hook the carabiner to the belt of my vest behind my right elbow and loop the jumper under and up the front toward the camera.
At first I was imagining some sort of cool holster or something to contain this jumble, but in the end this setup works well and is easy to get in and out of, so there it is.
By the way, I have been using a SMTPE steadicam jumper cable that I recently purchased from Phoenix Optics and the thing is amazing! There really is no comparison as the difference is night and day. The jumper is thinner than a mic cable and WAY more flexible than the "mini" SMPTE cable it is connected to in the picture below. It was expensive but oh so worth it, I just wish I done this sooner!
Posted 05 September 2016 - 09:34 PM
I wish I saw this sooner, I'll take some pictures of my set up tomorrow. I use a plastic buckle zip tied to the fiber jumper end of the connection and velcroed to my vest, and an S shaped carabiner farther back on the vest that the fat cable clips into. All on my hip on the socket block side. Credit goes to Dave Bittner for the way I have mine set up.