Remote control extension for dv cam

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by srlock, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. srlock

    srlock Guest

    hi,

    i have a dv camcorder with a remote control to control the zoom.
    however, the distance it works at is ok but i wish to be able to be
    further away .

    is there anything out there that can 'boost' the signal so i can move
    further away or if it's not a straight angle?

    thank for any info.

    cheers
    sean
     
    srlock, Jul 4, 2005
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  2. Here's a possibility...

    Get a learning multi-device remote and teach it the commands of your
    camera's remote.

    Some learning remotes have a brighter infra-red LED than others. If
    you're lucky, you'll buy one that does. If you're even luckier, it will
    be able to learn the commands of your camera's remote. I have no idea
    whether camera remotes use the same signal conventions that audio-video
    remotes use.

    It is likely that the remote will be bigger and heavier than the one
    you have now.

    Maybe Google has an answer...

    HTH,
    Gino
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 4, 2005
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  3. srlock wrote ...
    Likely any IR (infra-red) remote extender will work.
     
    Richard Crowley, Jul 4, 2005
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  4. srlock

    srlock Guest


    I found some IR extenders on the net but these seemed to be for
    TV/Satalite, would they work with a cams IR? or is the signal
    different?

    cheers,
    sean
     
    srlock, Jul 4, 2005
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  5. srlock

    srlock Guest

    thanks, i will look at that option. i googled for remote control
    booster and have come up with a TV/Satalite booster which sits between
    the remote control and tv, which is what i need, but the question is
    will it work with a cam?

    cheers,
    sean
     
    srlock, Jul 4, 2005
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  6. srlock wrote ...
    The signal is quite likely the same, but I wouldn't bet my
    life on it. Be sure to get something you can return if it does
    not work.
     
    Richard Crowley, Jul 4, 2005
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  7. I speculate that yours is a better idea than mine. I would expect the
    booster to just send a stronger but otherwise exact copy of your signal
    from its LED.

    I repeat - I'm speculating :)

    Now I'm going to read Richard Crowley's post below - he knows more than
    I do...

    Gino
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 4, 2005
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  8. srlock

    Johan Stäck Guest

    One thing to try is to construct a small reflector out of aluminum foil
    or similar and just tape to the camera. This will allow you to use
    difficult angles.
    I have used this method with success to control Video projectors in
    akward places...Should work for anything IR, I would think...

    /JS
     
    Johan Stäck, Jul 5, 2005
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