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#1 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 09:59 PM

Here it is, thanks to Fred Davis, the cable feeding all (video in/out and power) from Archos to PRO sled.
Here are the instructions: take out the Archos plug (leave as much cable as you can) from the "Archos Base" (the small unit that comes with every recorder to plug directly to your TV), put in an enveloppe to the attention of Fred Davis, he will take care of the rest. See the pictures attached, first you can clearly see the down converter (small black box) that takes your sled 12v and powers it down to Archos 5v. the small clear heatshrink is where the original Archos cable ended.
My recorder is the in the 400 model series.

***Of course, taking the plug from the base implies you ruin the functionnality of it and renders the enormous remote control completly useless***This cable was made with PRO specifications but can surely be adapted to other sleds, contact Fred Davis***

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#2 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:30 PM

[quote name='steadifred' date='Apr 7 2006, 07:59 PM' post='16459']
Here it is, thanks to Fred Davis, the cable feeding all (video in/out and power) from Archos to PRO sled.
Here are the instructions: take out the Archos plug (leave as much cable as you can) from the "Archos Base" (the small unit that comes with every recorder to plug directly to your TV), put in an enveloppe to the attention of Fred Davis, he will take care of the rest. See the pictures attached, first you can clearly see the down converter (small black box) that takes your sled 12v and powers it down to Archos 5v. the small clear heatshrink is where the original Archos cable ended.
My recorder is the in the 400 model series.


The PRO 2 sled outputs 9 volts out of the recorder Lemo. Can't remember what voltage my PRO 1 base put out, but in either case it's a pretty simple job to change the voltage regulator in the base out to a 5 volt one and eliminate the need for that inelligant external box on Fred's cable. Just go to any electronic store a ask them for a 5v regulator. If you can't get hold of and solder a Lemo then send Fred the cable and have him put one on.
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#3 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:55 PM

Thanks for the clarification Ikarman, I always refer to PRO specifications but own a Sachtler Artemis , which is all PRO connectors specs. And changing the voltage at the sled is much nicer but these devices change so oftently, I just prefer to adapt the gadget rather than the sled and keep my options open.
(If I'm not mistaken, the original 9v out from PRO sled was to power the Sony Video8/HI8 recorder, the only portable solution at the time).

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 07:09 AM

steadifred,

how difficult was it to remove the part from the plate? were any wiring cut in the process?
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#5 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 12:54 PM

Hi Marc,

Since the cable is so short, open the cradle and you can actually just rip it off, the soldering is very light (I used a pair of scissors and snip every small cable one by one). If you don't want to destroy your unit, type ARCHOS CRADLE on Ebay, between 15 to 50$.


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Posted 08 April 2006 - 03:19 PM

I just prefer to adapt the gadget rather than the sled and keep my options open.
[b] (If I'm not mistaken, the original 9v out from PRO sled was to power the Sony Video8/HI8 recorder, the only portable solution at the time).[/b}


Correct, also, original PRO specs specify 9V at the onboard recorder port.

Many thanx to Frederíc for posting the pic.
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#7 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 06:52 PM

hey steadi...

i dont have an archos but that seems to be the on board gadget im getting. i just wanted to know how hard it was.... thx for postin'...
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 03:09 AM

I recently bought the AV 700, we did a few tests on the thing and found the whaen you play back your vision, it does not repeat what you shot. In fact it crops a great deal of the vision , too much for my liking, it would annoy me as a director to not see the entire shot, in full 16:9.
I tried the software updrades on the Archos website, with no joy!
I am now in the process of selling the contraption, but if anyone can give me some advice on how rectify the aspect ratio for playback, it will simply add to my never ending pile of toys.
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#9 Gustavo Penna

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 12:43 AM

HOW MUCH DID FRED CHARGE YOU FOR THAT MOD.?

THE TEK GUY AT THE CAMERA RENTAL HOUSE OFFER THAT MOD TO ME, BUT HE MENTIONED HE WOULD USE THE SAME VOLTAGE TRANSFORMERS THAT ARE USED IN THE CELL PHONE CAR CHARGERS, SINCE CELPHONES WORK WITH 5 VOLTS TOO.

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#10 Tom Szklarski

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 07:14 AM

I recently bought the AV 700, we did a few tests on the thing and found the whaen you play back your vision, it does not repeat what you shot. In fact it crops a great deal of the vision , too much for my liking, it would annoy me as a director to not see the entire shot, in full 16:9.
I tried the software updrades on the Archos website, with no joy!
I am now in the process of selling the contraption, but if anyone can give me some advice on how rectify the aspect ratio for playback, it will simply add to my never ending pile of toys.
The Beaver.



On the right side of the screen when you playback, there is that menu system....well the second item down is your screen size seletion. It's called Video Format.... You can choose auto...Maximized Image....or Original Picture....if you choose original picture right as the video starts...it plays it in however you captured it, no cropping.
-Tom
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#11 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 09:01 AM

HOW MUCH DID FRED CHARGE YOU FOR THAT MOD.?

THE TEK GUY AT THE CAMERA RENTAL HOUSE OFFER THAT MOD TO ME, BUT HE MENTIONED HE WOULD USE THE SAME VOLTAGE TRANSFORMERS THAT ARE USED IN THE CELL PHONE CAR CHARGERS, SINCE CELPHONES WORK WITH 5 VOLTS TOO.



189$ and he used all my connectors (Lemo and Archos), so add up another 70/100$ for the Lemo plug and you are around the same price as a gently used Archos unit on Ebay. How many times the cables for a device costs us more than the device itself? History just tends to repeat itself...
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Posted 12 September 2006 - 03:22 PM

HOW MUCH DID FRED CHARGE YOU FOR THAT MOD.?

THE TEK GUY AT THE CAMERA RENTAL HOUSE OFFER THAT MOD TO ME, BUT HE MENTIONED HE WOULD USE THE SAME VOLTAGE TRANSFORMERS THAT ARE USED IN THE CELL PHONE CAR CHARGERS, SINCE CELPHONES WORK WITH 5 VOLTS TOO.



189$ and he used all my connectors (Lemo and Archos), so add up another 70/100$ for the Lemo plug and you are around the same price as a gently used Archos unit on Ebay. How many times the cables for a device costs us more than the device itself? History just tends to repeat itself...


Actually, the price quoted by Frederic reflects discount particular to that one construction. SRP for that mod is approx $110, you provide the base hub cable
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