LANC and Remote Controls
LANC (or Local Application Control Bus System), is used to synchronize video cameras. To know more about what a LANC controller does, try this video:
The DSLRs in this guide have no option for LANC control, but have other solutions. The higher end models in this guide have proprietary (or you could call it ‘semi-standard’) LEMO pins, USB or BNC ports for sophisticated control.
At its most basic, a remote control must have start and stop recording capability. Obviously, the more the features the better. The trend is to go wireless, and expect to see many apps that can run off tablets or mobile phones directly. The great advantage of an app is you get the entire menu interface on a remote device, whereas a remote control is just a bunch of buttons and maybe a scroll wheel.
These are bare-bones controllers, offering limited functionality. For control over many more video functions, try the Okii FC1 USB Focus Controller.
For focus control, you could also use the Cinematics Pro USB Focus Controller.
Last but not least, Canon provides the EOS Utility software with all their DSLRs for tethered control via USB.
For tethered control, try Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.
Sony has its own jazzy remote control for the Alpha series, the Sony Alpha RMT-DSLR1 Camera Remote.
The BMCC has a 2.5mm TRS (Phone jack) connector for start and stop recording, iris Control and focus control.
Important: Always plug in your LANC controller before switching on the camera, and switch off the camera before removing the pin.
For excellent LANC functionality, try the Sony LANC Remote Controller. For an even better option, try the Sony RM-1000BP Multi-Functional LANC Remote Commander.
The F3 has a proprietary 8-pin connector for the top of the line Sony RMB750 Remote Control Unit.
The F3 also comes with an Infrared (IR) Remote Control for basic operation.
As you can see, Sony has LANC down to an art.
Using the Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter you can control the camera via any tablet or mobile device. Here’s an excellent resource to learn more about this: http://blog.abelcine.com/2012/07/16/using-the-wft-e6a-adapter-c300-wi-fi-remote/
Note: Even though the C300 has a 2.5mm TRS jack like the BMCC, not all LANC controllers offer more functionality than just start/stop.
For complete operation, Red provides the Redmote.
For extra functionality, including wireless access to tablets and transcoding proxies, use the Meizler Module.
When using the Alexa Plus, use the WMU-3, WCU-3 or WCU-4 directly. With non-Plus models, the camera will need to be connected to the UMC-3 or UMC-3A Controller via the EXT port.
When the Sony CBKWA01//C USB WiFi Adaptor is connected via the USB port on the camera, the Sony F65 can be operated by any mobile browser connected to wi-fi.
To know how this works, check here: http://blog.abelcine.com/2012/07/24/f65-remote-control-using-the-f65-remote-ipad-app/
If you don’t want to deal with browsers, and want iPad functionality, download the free F65Remote App from iTunes.
In the next part we’ll look at the remaining items.