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gentWIRE-LANC, gentWIRE-videoLANC and gentWIRE-lancPLUS allow control of Sony, Blackmagic (& some Canon) camcorders with a LANC remote socket from 1, 2 or 3 channels
of a Radio Control (RC) system. There are 3 versions depending on your needs:

  ..........RC Control Channels.......... Video  
Product Main Ch.1 Optional Ch.2 Optional Ch.3 output ref
gentWIRE-
LANC
Proportional
Zoom
Latching REC
and PHOTO
no seperate
socket
172JK
gentWIRE-
videoLANC
Proportional
Zoom
Latching REC
and PHOTO
no built
into unit
172AV
172MU
gentWIRE-
lancPLUS
Latching REC
and PHOTO
Focus control
manual & auto
Iris - only on
Blackmagic
seperate
socket
173
gentWIRE-
lancMAX
Latching REC
and PHOTO
Focus control
manual & auto
Iris - only on
Blackmagic
ZOOM on CH. 4
174

A full description of the main products and accessories plus the compatibility table follows:


gentWIRE devices are small, lightweight and easy to use with a RC control system.

gentWIRE-LANC (172JK)
is our main offering:

  • 16 speed ZOOM control on the first RC channel.
  • An optional RC channel gives latching REC and STANDBY with PHOTO - two different positions on the RC channel, you are not relying on "toggling". If someone accidentally touches the camera, gentWIRE will return the camera to REC.
  • Cameras that have gone to 'sleep' can be woken remotely.
  • The AUX socket allows visual or audio indication of unit status using gentWIRE-lancLED or gentWIRE-lancAUDIO.
  • The unit doubles as a simple timer, pressing PHOTO every 5 or 10 seconds without RC.
This product is supplied with a 200mm long 2.5mm LANC jack lead and 15cm servo leads,
weighing 8 grams, plus 2 grams per 15cm servo lead used.


gentWIRE devices are small, lightweight and easy to use with a RC control system.

gentWIRE-videoLANC (172AV, 172MU)
for cameras with AV or MULTI connectors. All the features of gentWIRE-LANC and:

  • Video output pins allow access to camera viewfinder
    video for relay to your base station.

This product is supplied with either a straight Sony 10pin A/V plug
or a right-angled Sony MULTI plug.
Camera cable length is 10cm (AV) or 15cm (MULTI), and the unit is supplied with 30cm servo leads, weighing 9-10 grams, plus 3 grams per 30cm servo lead used.

gentWIRE-lancPLUS (173)
is our special offering, normally for professional cameras:
gentWIRE devices are small, lightweight and easy to use with a RC control system.

  • For cameras with interchangable lenses there is often no zoom control so REC, STANDBY and PHOTO move to Ch 1 as primary control, and with the latching action. Note: The PHOTO command is not supported on Blackmagic cameras.
  • Optional Ch. 2 gives 3 speed control over focus. Focus can be toggled between automatic and manual, then adjusted from near to far. For Blackmagic cameras there is a "set-focus" command.
  • Optional Ch. 3, for Blackmagic cameras, gives 3 speed control over iris, as well as the "set-iris" command.
  • The AUX socket allows visual or audio indication of unit status.
  • Sleeping Sony cameras can be woken remotely.
  • Blackmagic cameras in PLAY mode will change to REC.
The product comes with a 20cm camera cable, and three 15cm servo leads,
weighing 9 grams, plus 2 grams per 15cm servo lead used.

gentWIRE-lancMAX (174)
is our broadest offering, for professional cameras with electronic zoom lenses:

  • REC, STANDBY and PHOTO on Ch 1 as primary control, and with the latching action. Note: The PHOTO command is not supported on Blackmagic cameras.
  • Optional Ch. 2 gives 3 speed control over focus. Focus can be toggled between automatic and manual, then adjusted from near to far. For Blackmagic cameras there is a "set-focus" command.
  • Optional Ch. 3, gives 3 speed control over iris, as well as the "set-iris" command for Blackmagic cameras.
  • Optional Ch. 4, provides proportional ZOOM control.
  • Sleeping Sony cameras can be woken remotely.
The product comes with a 20cm camera cable, and four 15cm servo leads,
weighing 9 grams, plus 2 grams per 15cm servo lead used.
Understanding what camera / lens combinations support the features of 174 is complex,
email us for more information as we are still building the camera database for models
#that allow focus, iris, and zoom functionality.


gentWIRE-lancLED: an accessory for our LANC products

gentWIRE-lancLED (176)
is a high intensity LED that can be connected to the AUX port to give a visual indication of camera status:

  • On for REC and off for standby.
  • Single flash for PHOTO capture.
  • Slow flashing for low memory or battery (Sony only).
  • Heartbeat flash to confirm normal operation.
  • Fast flashing for camera communication lost.

gentWIRE-lancAUDIO (175)
provides an audio output designed to be transmitted to the ground-station on the unused audio channel of the video downlink. Audio tones are sent every 4-5seconds for the following:
gentWIRE-lancAUDIO: an accessory for our LANC products

  • REC or standby.
  • PHOTO capture.
  • Memory Low.
  • Battery Low.
  • Camera communication lost.
The unit has a 2nd output with a logic signal indicating REC status.

More information:
LANC Manual,    videoLANC Manual,    lancPLUS Manual,    lancMAX Manual,
lancAUDIO & lancLED Manual,   lancAUDIO Sample Audio Output.

LANC interface via RC


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LANC Product Accessories        
Audio generator gentWIRE-lancAUDIO 21.95 175 buy
REC status light gentWIRE-lancLED 13.95 176 buy
Set of 3 extra flexible 30cm
plug to plug servo leads
servoLEAD 5.00 SM30G buy
Prices shown exclude Sales Tax. This will be added at checkout for UK and EU customers.        

Camcorder Compatibility Notes

  • Camcorders with note RA-V1 need an additional adapter from Canon
  • Camcorders with note no video.
    It is unclear whether the video output is enabled when LANC is in use.
  • Blackmagic cameras do not support PHOTO and "power-up".
    In addition they do not report "low memory" or "low battery" on the AUX output.

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