We use Canon VC-C3 PTZ cameras.
These communication cameras were first introduced by Canon in 1997.
Canon has updated the line a few times over.
With that said, I decided to buy into these units because they can be found for next to nothing on eBay and other online sources.
I originally purchased (on eBay) four of them as a kit with a Telemetrics
controller for pennies on the dollar.
controller model we have can operate up to four cameras.
It’s a very sweet system, especially since you can find them for a very affordable price.
Telemetrics makes a new controller that operates the newest camera models available from Sony and Canon.
The cameras and controller each cost around thousand USD when they were new.
You can find the cameras from $30.00 to $100.00 USD depending on the condition and which accessories are included with the camera.
The controller price range is $250 to $500.00 USD. IMO, you're nuts to pay more than that.
Originally the camera came with the CCU, wireless remote, AC adapter, an assortment of cables and a manual.
Since Canon currently doesn’t provide service for this model camera, I’m buying everyone that I find online within my purchasing guideline.
I’m also looking for VC-C4s which I have a Telemetrics controller for that model.
They are a bit more expensive than the VC-C3.
The VC-C4 has been replaced three times over. So, it also has a limited service commitment from Canon.
Since I like to make things as simple as possible, I decided to use ELCO90 connectors for our PTZ/V/P cable system.
This snake handles camera control, power to the camera and NTSC video signal.
We have made a number of snakes that are wired with female ELCO90s on each end.
The cable harnesses that attach to the snake have male ELCO90s on one end and the various connectors to interface to the controller and camera.
The Truck (or CRM) side gets a XLR for power, a 9 pin DSUB for the controller and a BNC for the video monitor.
The camera side gets a mini (???) power plug, a mini 8 pin DIN for the R232 port on the camera and a BNC/RCA connector for the video out. The camera harness is incomplete; it still needs the power plug. As of now, I'm looking into what size connector it needs to be.
In the pictures below you will find Alpha expandable tubing used as a protective cover for the connectors.
I came up with this scheme (by chance) over ten years ago.
It works flawlessly and has kept our connectors safe.
I like to place the camera in an area that maximizes the full potential of the PTZ.
Some folks just set it and forget it.
I like to program presets so I can easily shift the camera exactly where I want it at any given time.
I usually set a wide shot and various close ups.
If applicable, I may also store close ups of FOH or MON world so I have a visual of the person on the PL.
I like to scan the audience when ever possible -- It can be a lot of fun.
We very rarely record the show from these cameras.
If we do recorded the performance it’s the line cut from the video truck.
Currently (as per this post) we have nine or ten VC-C3 cameras and around six Telemetrics controllers.
This count expands as I find more of these puppies online.
My newest search is for the VC-C4 cameras & controller.
Currently I have no VC-C4 cameras and only one controller.
If you see me bidding on eBay for one of these suckes, STAY AWAY or I shall come to your house and invite you out to LUNCH!!!