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#1 Joe Medlock

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:49 AM

Hi guys. 

 

I've been hired on a job shooting on an Alexa Mini and I will need to power my Preston MDR 2 from the camera body as I know the body hasn't got any power outputs as standard.

 

What are my options for power output/cables aside from the obvious D-tap option? I dont mind ordering a cable from somewhere like Media Blackout. 

 

Thanks for your time,

Joe


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Posted 10 January 2017 - 04:59 PM

A distribution box for the Mini is pretty popular out here in LA.

 

http://www.woodencam...nt-p/209200.htm

 

In fact, most Alexa Mini packages come with this D-Box included; I would check with the rental company on what their power distribution will be.

 

The Wooden Camera D-Box takes the power and EXT control of the camera. I recommend, however, to get re-route the external control from the Mini to the MDR with (correct me if I'm wrong) an 8-pin lemo to 3 pin? Something like that.

 

The D-Box has 2pin, 2pin, and D-tap, so powering the MDR will be no problem.


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#3 Joe Medlock

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:24 PM

Thanks a lot! I've just ordered a custom 2 pin lemo cable and a 3 pin fisher. Should have the basics covered now

 

All the best! 


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 11:23 PM

Just finished up a months-long series with an Alexa Mini as our handheld camera. We used a wooden D-Box for power distro and it worked great. Make sure you don't overload the ports, and keep a few spare fuses handy. 


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 06:59 AM

Thanks Patrick! Good to know about the fuses 


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#6 Patrick Lavalley

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:07 AM

I'll also note that a combination run/stop + power cable for your MDR is really nice to have since it keeps things uncluttered. I think this is only possible with MDR3's and the new MDR4's. I think media blackout might make a similar option for the MDR2 that powers the MDR off of a single 3 pin port, but has a sort of Y split at the other end for R/S and Power.


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