Cheap solution to missing LANC

Posted on 5/23/2007 4:09:00 AM

LANC controller allows you to wired remote control the camera. With a little DIY, you can create your own LANC controller using the remote control comes with your camera.

I read some posts about using a TOSLink optical cable to "route" the remote control signal to the front of the camera. Since most consumer camcorders do not have a LANC port. With a little DIY, you can fake one easily. I ordered a 3" TOSlink cable for $2.5, mounted the remote control to the tripod handle, wired the cable around the center pole, taped the other end to the front of the tripod. IT WORKS!!!!

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Posted by Scott on 10/11/2009 7:51:00 PM What kind of tripod and head is that?

Replied by LA Color Pros It is a SLIK tripod. Don't remember the model number. I would not recommend such tripod for HV30. The quick release plate blocks the battery release tab of the camera.
Posted by simon craggs on 8/2/2010 8:32:00 PM Whats a TOSlink cable? Could you link to one on Amazon for me please???? Sounds like an awesome (cheap) workaround!!

Replied by LA Color Pros TOSlink cable is also called Optical Cable. Just google or search it in amazon. There're plenty for sale.
Posted by Marty Merritt on 9/8/2010 2:35:00 AM Just what I was looking for. Thanks for posting. How did you mount the remote to the handle?

Replied by LA Color Pros You can use either cable ties or foam double sided tape.
Posted by Allen on 1/30/2013 1:37:00 PM Does the TOSlink cable has to go head to head like that in the picture? or they can be a few feets apart? Will this work with longer TOSlink cable? (6' or 9')

Replied by LA Color Pros For best result, it's best to have them just an inch away.
Posted by William on 1/31/2013 1:43:00 PM I had to shoot a stage performance in an auditorium many years ago.I was given permission to mount the camera on a tripod but i knew i would be disturbing the audience if I kept getting up from my seat to operate the camera controls. So a taped a small make-up mirror to one end if a rigid wire and taped the other end to the tripod leg.I adjusted the small mirror in front of the camera's red sensor so that I can see the camera sensor from my seat.I aimed the remote at the mirror and operated it since the sensor could see the remote through the
mirror.At that time,optical fiber cables were not available.But thanks for the great tip.
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