Optura Xi/MVX3i - camera control without LANC???

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by alexc75, May 24, 2004.

  1. alexc75

    alexc75 Guest

    Just got the Optura Xi and it is light years ahead of my GL2 in
    widescreen performance (GL2 seems to have too much red noise when
    viewed on a 50" plasma (yeah, we don't need to get into the issue that
    the GL2 crops the image and I'm only using half the resolution on the
    chips blah, blah, blah so when blown up, the pixels are larger blah,
    blah, blah). While the Xi's color is not as saturated as the GL2, it's
    pretty darn close (I can't wait to try chroma keying on the Xi). But,

    I was wondering if anyone had any information on syncing up several
    Optura Xi's for multicamera work. I really would like for all cameras
    to run the same time code, but can't find anything out there since
    there is no LANC port on the camcorder. Any suggestions? I contacted
    Canon about it and they didn't know if any third party device existed
    that ran via USB or 1394.

    Also, dinking around with DV Messenger, does anybody know of any
    software utilities that might be more suited for production oriented
    filming to enable the Optura Xi to be "remotely" controlled from a
    laptop via the USB port (not just webcam-type applications)? If I
    could plug multiple Xi's into a laptop and control each one without
    camera operators behind each of them, that would be awesome and save
    me a whole lotta time and money (I'm not looking for a switcher, just
    a controller).
    alexc75, May 24, 2004
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  2. alexc75

    Chris Hurd Guest

    Howdy from Texas,

    (alexc75) wrote...
    USB won't cut it, ever; however FireWire lens controllers
    are in fact in development. I've been a vocal proponent of
    remote camera control via FireWire for years now and sometime
    later this fall hopefully it'll become a reality. Manufacturers
    involved are recognizable names, too. Should be a big deal
    when it's finally ready for prime time.
    DV Messenger works via FireWire, not USB. I'm unaware of
    any such applications, but the hardware FireWire controller
    will be your best bet when it eventually comes to market.
    Hope this helps,

    Chris Hurd
    DV Info Net
    San Marcos, TX
    Chris Hurd, Jun 2, 2004
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