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#1 michaeljoy

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 01:37 PM

I have heard that there is manufacturer who makes a very thin and flexible grade of Triax that helps keep a Steadicam isolated. Can anyone tell me which company makes this cable and how to contact them?
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#2 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 06:07 PM

I have heard that there is manufacturer who makes a very thin and flexible grade of Triax that helps keep a Steadicam isolated. Can anyone tell me which company makes this cable and how to contact them?


I don't know about that cable, but Kings makes triax to BNC adapters. Get a male and female and interconnect them with a 6' very thin BNC cable. Also search the archives here on the board as there has ben discussion of just this thing in the past.
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#3 Claus Stuhlweissenburg

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 11:13 AM

Keep in mind that some places do not allow you to use this configuration. IE: If your working outdoors in inclement weather. Its a safety issue wherein if there is a problem with your mini coax you run the risk of getting electrocuted. Regardless, the majority of us who work in video prefer the configuration that Lawrence described. Having a regular triax jumper in your kit, regardless of how cumbersome it might be, would be wise. I do recall there being a small flexible triax cable from Tiffen. Maybe Frank Rush or Peter Abraham could chime in and let us know if it is still available. As far as the triax to coax turnarounds are concerned do not purchase the ones form Markertek. Even though I like the company their turnarounds are not properly insulated. Kings sells the proper turnarounds.
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#4 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:48 PM

Gents--

The source for a great triax jumper is CAE -- Carmen Abato Enterprises. They custom make a slick true triax assembly with three discrete conductors and slide that into a super smooth and supple neoprene jacket.

Last time I purchased one, the cost was around $400. That was for a six (6) foot cable run plus the connectors. I specified six (6) feet of cable plus the footage for the ends.

They are located in California and their number is 714-895-1887. I last spoke with Becky and she was terrific.

I heartily recommend this for anyone who even MIGHT have a triax job. Let's not forget, filmheads, that even in HD there are triax jobs and like Claus reminded us, there are situations where full triax is not only required it could save your life!

Good luck.

Best,

Brant "Cable Dragger" Fagan
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#5 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 06:53 PM

I have heard that there is manufacturer who makes a very thin and flexible grade of Triax that helps keep a Steadicam isolated. Can anyone tell me which company makes this cable and how to contact them?


Hey there Michael,
Pretty much 9 out of 10 jobs for me is iether Triax or Fiber tethered to me and I have always used the trico adapters, basically the male and female ends to BNC and then i'ts just a tiny bnc between you and the rig. I use a super small BNC that Terry West has made for me, many engineers have told me that it looks way too small to carry the voltage of a Triax but to date I have not been juiced, God Forbid . . . . .Oh crap did I just jinx myself ? . . .

Just My Two cents

also Brants small triax jumper is never a bad thing to have in the kit as well, for just that time when something shocking may occure . . . . .oh crap there I go again . . .
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#6 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 11:13 PM

The stuff Rob uses is scary thin but I've been tempted to try it. For now I'm using the trico adapters and some thin / sexy Mogami 2964 BNCs that I make up myself. The Mogami 2964 is rated for HD, is 75 ohms, very supple and slinky 0.189" diameter.

You can get it from BTX Technology or have someone like Terry make it up for you.

Good luck!
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