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gentWIRE-lancSWITCH allows control of Sony or Blackmagic camcorders with a LANC remote socket from external user-supplied switches. Make your own remote control system with control via your own switches - e.g. a fig-rig or from external logic signals. There are endless possibilities.


gentWIRE-lancSWITCH for LANC camcorder control from external switches.

The unit is powered from the LANC port and has 200mm of cable terminating in a set of pins that allow control:

  • SONY (170)    Record, Photo, toggle/momentary, power on
  • BLACKMAGIC (171) Record, Set-iris, Set-focus.
  • Both units can have a LED indicator added to show record status (this addition requires an external battery).

The Sony unit has this pinout (shown left). The three top pins switch the main functions when shorted to the -ve pins. A shorting link is provided for the MODE (selects between toggle and momentary operation) as this is normally set depending on the application.
The user provides their own custom wiring for REC, PHOTO, and ON.

Note that ON only powers the camera-up, to switch off we are relying on the cameras internal menu settings for power-down.

The Blackmagic unit has this pinout (shown left). The three pins marked REC, IRIS, & FOCUS switch the main functions when shorted to -ve.
The user provides their own custom wiring for REC, SET-IRIS, and SET-FOCUS.

Note that ON only powers the camera-up, to switch off we are relying on the cameras internal menu settings for power-down.


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 status:

  • On for REC and off for standby.
  • Single flash for PHOTO capture. (not Blackmagic)
  • Slow flashing for low memory or battery (Sony only).
  • Heartbeat flash to confirm normal operation.
  • Fast flashing for camera communication lost.
NOTE: This unit needs an external battery. To use with these products the red wire should be removed and connected to an external battery leaving black connected to -ve & white to "ON"

More information: lancSWITCH Manual. lancAUDIO & lancLED Manual

LANC camcorder control:


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Camcorder Compatibility Notes

This product is designed for use with camcorders that have the 2.5mm jack connection
called LANC, REMOTE, L, or Control-L.

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