Tips on keeping camera cool
Posted 13 August 2007 - 07:30 PM
Forecast states temp to be 104F degrees. Heat index will be over 110. We are shooting with a Sony F900 with a Miranda box...outside and often without cover. I have had this configuration shut down due to heat in a milder circumstance, I am trying to think up ways to fend off the seeming inevitable.
Solutions thus far:
Keep the camera covered (umbrella of sorts) and out of direct sun light.
Keep extra cans of compressed air around to blow cold air on the camera.
What if I use ice packs contained in zip-lock baggies to keep moisture off the camera rotating from cooler to camera?
Thoughts? Any other ideas?
Posted 13 August 2007 - 09:06 PM
Otherwise, just keep it out of direct sunlight, whether it be with an umbrella or whatever.
Posted 14 August 2007 - 01:36 AM
We also kept the camera in "Save" mode instead of "Standby".
One last note, be careful with the canned air. You don't want to shoot it too close to fans and circuitry or else you might might end up with a cracked circuit board from the sudden temperature change. In other words, don't invert the can and spray willy nilly.
Posted 14 August 2007 - 09:42 AM
Posted 16 August 2007 - 09:27 PM
Temp ended up at 104. Add the humidity and it was insane.
I did set the fan to max and I think that helped...
In my previous experience with this setup (Sony F900 + Miranda Box) the Miranda box is what went on the fritz and shut down the whole rig. This time it again had issues but not like before. This time all the lights along the side, showing which options have been selected, all went out and all "OUTS" but one of the HD-SDI quit working. We could keep shooting but we lost video village. Any other day this would have been a big deal but the clients were so miserable with the heat they didn't bother paying much attention.
Anyway I constantly had the grips build a flag or two around the camera to keep in the shade and after the Miranda box started flippin out I asked Craft for iced towels in double plastic baggies to place around the butt of the camera. This seemed to help as after a few rotations of fresh "ice packs" the lights came back on on the Miranda, but I never did get the "OUTS" to work again.
It was miserable but I got through it.
Again, thanks for the suggestions.
Posted 18 August 2007 - 04:53 AM
Posted 18 August 2007 - 08:59 AM
Posted 18 August 2007 - 10:59 AM
I've always kept the camera in the shade with an umbrella. This past weekend the midwest was hit with intense heat, that umbrella worked really well.