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Old October 13th, 2004, 02:56 PM   #1
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Shooting over Firewire - Securing the cable

This seems like a silly but non-trivial question. The four pin Firewire slot on my cameras don't seem particularly secure if I am recording to disk rather than tape. I would worry about knocking the Firewire cable loose, given that there is no mechanical connection to speak of. I can always fall back on gaffer's tape I guess.

Has anyone had this problems or have a particularly good solution to it?

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Old October 13th, 2004, 03:42 PM   #2
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Hi Rick,

I am a big fan of hot glue. I have had success using a very thin film of oil spread with a q-tip around the area of the Firewire jack on my camera. I then plugged the four pin connector into the camera and glued it into place with hot glue. After the glue had cooled I rocked the newly molded connector, along with a bit of gentle prying until it separated from the camera body. The glue releases pretty well if the oil is well spread. This has worked very well with my XL1 since there are a lot of nooks for the molded plug to grab onto.

I hope this is of some use.
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Old December 10th, 2004, 08:54 AM   #3
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firewire securing

you have a very legit problem---would like to know if you find out a good
way --this problem has plagud me also ---lots of luck
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Old December 10th, 2004, 11:01 AM   #4
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With my XL-1, I use a thinner (2-3 mm) FW cable to run to the Firestore. I just take a couple of turns around the tripod neck and leave a loop -- I've never had a problem with the connection.

Even with FW recording, I always use a tape as a backup -- weird things can sometimes happen with the hard disk.
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