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How to load a Backpack


How to load a Backpack

By December 14th, 2011 Field usage No Comments

You probably came across this page, because you were looking for some of these fancy video transmission backpacks. These backpacks are a new trend in mobile TV production and sold by different vendors. Mbcast.com in contrast does not sell backpacks: We simply provide a software for standard notebook computers, so that you can build your own transmission backpack. Here is a small tutorial on how to use the Mobile Broadcast System in a backpack!

First, set up the system with the laptop, the internet connection and the camera as usual.

Make sure the energy settings of your laptop decline shut down, when the monitor is closed. The following link gives further instructions on how to do this: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/25230/beginner-geek-change-what-windows-does-when-you-shut-your-laptops-lid/

The easiest way to connect a camera is using FireWire, because it is available on many laptops. But one drawback in field usage is, that FireWire connectors can’t be locked like SDI or XLR plugs. So we needed to find another way to add some stability to the cable connection.  Using angle plugs instead of straight connectors, and fixing with a strap-on band turned out to be a decent solution.

Put the system in a backpack and make sure the ventilation outlets of the laptop are not blocked.

Finally, you can start shooting with the transmission unit on your back.