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These products allow RC control of Sony, Blackmagic & some Canon cameras with LANC

  ..........RC Control Channels.......... Aux  
Product Main Ch.1 Optional Ch.2 Optional Ch.3 or Ch.4 reference
-LANC Prop. Zoom REC/PHOTO no no 172JK
-videoLANC Prop. Zoom REC/PHOTO no VIDEO 172AV/MU
-lancPLUS REC/PHOTO FOCUS Blckmagic Iris no 173
-lancMAX REC/PHOTO FOCUS Blckmagic Iris ZOOM 174
779: For SBUS and PWM inputs, with up to 6 channel LANC control 779

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

779

Six function controller: SBUS/PWM to LANC
RC control RECORD, PHOTO, Proportional ZOOM, IRIS, FOCUS, and ON/standby. Our flagship product for LANC allows complete control of cameras with a LANC port, using up to 6 channels of SBUS control from a Radio Control (RC) system. Features include:

  • Full control from up to six SBUS1 or SBUS2 channels, fully configurable from any of 16 RC channels
  • Back-up mode - unit automatically switches into 3 channel PWM mode if no SBUS is available at power-on
  • Full control of half-press and full-press shutter, MOVIE and proportional ZOOM, from just 2 channels. This allows the camera (if supported) to take stills without stopping the video.
  • The camera can be put in standby and switched back on remotely to save power. and altered by the remote operator during the shoot.
  • LED status light confirms operation and status to the operator as part of pre-flight checks.
  • FOCUS and IRIS are controlled by seperate channels as are additonal switches to set IRIS and toggle FOCUS between manual and automatic.
  • The common REC and PHOTO channel allows repeated shooting
    to be enabled by the remote operator during the shoot.
    Captures around 1 frame every 2 seconds
  • As many or as few of the six channels can be used as is necessary,
    unused channels can be switched off to prevent accidental operation.
  • SBUS channel programming is achieved stand-alone - even in the field.
    All you need is a SBUS RC system.
  • In SBUS mode an auxiliary output is available. This can be used to detect when the camera acknowledges the MOVIE signal, or as an audio output giving feedback to the operator of unit and camera status, including low memory, low battery. and RC state.

779 SBUS-LANC Support, Manuals, and further information.


gentWIRE devices are small, lightweight and easy to use with a RC control system.
172JK
2 function PWM only controller for
REC/PHOTO and ZOOM using 2 channels.
  • Proportional 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.
172AV 172MU

2 function PWM only control with built in video output
for older cameras with AV or MULTI connectors.

All the features of 172JK 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.
 

173
-lancPLUS 3 function PWM only, originally designed for Blackmagic professional cameras without zoom:
gentWIRE devices are small, lightweight and easy to use with a RC control system.
  • Ch 1, primary control, RECORD / STANDBY and PHOTO 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.

174

-lancMAX 4 channels/ functions, a PWM only offering with all the features of the 173 plus proportional ZOOM on channel 4. 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.


gentWIRE-lancLED: an accessory for our LANC products
176

-lancLED is a LED that can be connected to our PWM LANC products to give an 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.

175

-lancAUDIO provides an audio output repeated every ~4seconds for transmission
gentWIRE-lancAUDIO: an accessory for our LANC products
on the unused audio channel of the video downlink for:

  • 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.
NOTE the functionality or 175 &176 is built into our flagship LANC product, 779, for SBUS.

17x SBUS-LANC Support, Manuals, and further information.

LANC interface via PWM and SBUS 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
one extra flexible 30cm
plug to plug servo lead
servoLEAD SM301 2.00 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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