Starting Sony DSR-50 and DSR-DU1 in record mode with a timer?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Paolo Bellutta, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. I am assembling a system to automatically capture images from a
    camera. Since the environment where the system is installed will be
    pretty rough, I am planning to connect the camera to the DSR-50 and
    daisy chain the DSR-DU1 to it. Actually this is my system setup:

    Horita (GPS-based sync)
    v composite IEEE1394
    camera --------> DSR-50 ---------> DSR-DU1
    Horita ------------

    (GPS-Based Time Code)

    What I want to accomplish is GPS-time code labeled images to tape and
    disk. This system needs to start recording automatically when a
    trigger event is received. The trigger event will provide power the
    the entire system but what I am getting concerned about is start of
    the recording on the two DSRs. Start of recording on the two devices
    does not need to be simultaneous, but I want to make sure record mode
    is started without having to press any buttons or configuring the

    I never used these machines and tried to get some info from Sony and I
    have done my homework on google, but I have come out empty. I was
    thinking to try to interface on the 26-pin connector and use the
    camera trigger (which pins?) to start recording or use the foot switch
    connector on the DSR-50. But what about the DSR-DU1? I see that it
    is dockable, so I assume there is a way to start recording from camera
    as well, but could not find any info on this.

    Thank you for your time.

    Paolo Bellutta
    Paolo Bellutta, Apr 29, 2004
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  2. Paolo Bellutta

    someone Guest

    The DU1 is designed to be triggered from the camcorder just like a VTR would
    be from the 26 pin connector or so Sony says. The connection between it and
    the camera, the firewire cable, carries the record trigger. I think it also
    has a pre-trigger recording capability of 8 seconds or so IIRC.
    someone, Apr 29, 2004
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