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Old July 21st, 2005, 08:03 AM   #1
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Wireless RF LANC Controllers

It seems that at least for a Steadicam rig, a wireless RF LANC controller would be a must-have accessory. Does anyone know of any?

I'm not talking about IR (Infrared) remotes like for most TVs and pro-/consumer camcorders. I'm referring to RF (Radio Frequency) transmitters that don't require line-of-sight. The idea seems simple enough, but I haven't found any manufacturers that make this type of accessory.

The possibilities...
- Retrofit your current wired LANC controller with a wireless transmitter/receiver units.
- All-in-one LANC controller/transmitter with a receiver plug that goes into the camera.
- A receiver unit that plugs into the LANC conector on the camera but uses Bluetooth (2.4 GHz range) to communicate with a Bluetooth controller.
- Cameras with built-in wireless RF receivers that all speak a common wireless protocol like Bluetooth.
- Standard wireless protocol (e.g. Bluetooth) for follow-focus and zoom controllers so you could interchange the gear units with the hand-held controller units among different manufacturers.

Of course if we want standards, then manufacturers have to work with each other. At least with Bluetooth, there's the Bluetooth SIG to help moderate.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #2
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I don't know if you're still interested but a pal and I have just finished making full wireless (not IR which is useless out of doors) remote pan/tilt control units for hotheads, LANC controls Z1 cameras and remote video monitoring in same control box. Cost will be about $3000 depending on pan/tilt head.
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