View Full Version : basic cable setup help.
08-27-2004, 06:43 PM
If I am looking to run a boom into the DVX, what are the basic cable setups I should pickup in terms of length and quality brands? and is there a way my boom guy & camera can both monitor the audio,? is there a splitter for headphones or something? there must be...
08-27-2004, 07:02 PM
The way 'pros' do it:
Feed the boom mike (and anything else you might have) into a mixer. The soundo wears the mixer and rides levels and listens for problems. The mixer feeds the camera with a special cable called an ENG cable. It's generally about 20' long. It has 2 XLRs for sending stereo signal to the camera. It also has a 1/8' mini plug for return audio from the camera to the mixer. Male at both ends. Most pro mixers have a return audio jack to accept this return feed and the headphone matrix has switches to choose whether to monitor the audio return from the camera. Later models of the ENG cable also have a 1/8 female close to the camera end for the camera op to plug headsphones into. This facilitates the monitoring at camera and monitoring at mixer. I have had an ENG cable for years for my Betacam package and it works esentially the same with my DVX. You can order an ENG cable from any major audio dealer. These are also called Peter Engh cables, as he was one of the first to sell these. The cable also has a nice quick release connector about 1' from camera. Some mixers use a 10 pin Hirose for an all in one connection. My mixer has 2 Hirose connectors so I can feed 2 cameras and monitor either one.