The folks over at LockCircle have added another device to their HDSLR HDMI port protection devices – the LockPort UNIVERSAL will fit any baseplate and it will solve many of your issues with HDMI cables that don't stay connected during a shoot.
These are the same guys making the planet5D LockCircle – you can still get one!
Our friend Mike Kobal has also been testing the LockPort UNIVERSAL and has a review that he's let us borrow a bit of…
Mike Kobal's input
from Mike's review of the LockPort UNIVERSAL
I received the LockPort UNIVERSAL two days ago and can't believe I survived without one! As much as I enjoy my Zacuto Pro EVF and Cineroid, essential add-ons for video shooters, I don't trust the flimsy mini HDMI connection on the camera. Actually, I hate it. The slightest touch to the HDMI cable might interrupt the signal to the EVF. Read on after the break
On my last photo shoot we fooled around with video again, 95% was shot handheld and we changed locations a lot, I lost signal on about 50% of takes! and had to ask the models to do it again, not a big deal since video wasn't part of the assignment, we had a great time and no one noticed or cared. Now just imagine this happens on a job, a challenging focus pull, suddenly no signal and you have to ask the talent to redo the scene because there was a technical problem with your equipment. No one will hold it against you if this happens once, but if this keeps happening over and over, you will most certainly loose the client and your name as DOP will be tarnished. Luckily my recent jobs required a tripod and it never happened since I gaffa taped everything to ensure a rigid connection to the camera. See photo below(tape around the cable then tape it to the camera, minor improvement, works on tripod if you stay stationary,certainly not rock solid and kinda ugly)
But after my last handheld shoot I was ready to give up on my beloved Canon 5D2 because if this keeps happening, I can't trust it on real assignments. And shooting without an EVF? Unimaginable, esp for wide open, shallow depth of field scenes. So, this is IT! Get one! Problem solved.
Read the rest of Mike's review of the LockPort UNIVERSAL – Note: Mike told me this morning that the LockPort guys “they are planning to include a flat head screw to accommodate large qr plates like the manfrotto…just thought I share this nice to see them react right away”
LockPort UNIVERSAL Images
LockPort UNIVERSAL highlights
– Works with both 5D and 7D cameras.
– Saves the “expensive to repair” mini HDMI port on your 5D and 7D camera.
– Full-Size HDMI output allows you to use stronger standard cables.
– Standard size HDMI plugs locks securely in the socket – no signal loose!
– 90° FRONT or REAR output editions.
– No loss of video signal anymore! The full-size HDMI output has stronger locking capabilities.
– Gold plated contacts.
– Rock solid UNIVERSAL ultra-low base clamp, can work on every plate, head, sliding plate, rig, support out there.
– Better cable layout on your rig set-up.
– No longer camera screws, use all the camera screws already out there.
– Ready in a few seconds.
– Instant reverse output direction set-up.
The LockPort UNIVERSAL is a new product developed to help avoid damaging your 5D and 7D mini HDMI camera port.
The LockPort UNIVERSAL protects definitely the fragile output on your camera from tough production abuse with a rock solid universal clamp and a smart mini to full-size HDMI adapter.
The LockPort UNIVERSAL plate is designed to fit easily every head, baseplate, sliding plate, support out there using the original camera screws already there. Ready in 10 seconds!
The LockPort UNIVERSAL safely secures a 90° FRONT/REAR mini HDMI to full-size HDMI adapter, protecting forever the “expensive to repair” mini HDMI port on your expensive HDSLR camera.
The Adapter has gold plated contacts and the full-size female output allows you to use stronger standard HDMI cables, you can purchase everywhere!
Standard size HDMI plugs locks securely in the socket – no signal loose, and if somebody walks over your cable, the plug still can pop-out saving your camera from falling on the ground.
The full-size HDMI 90° output can be used in FRONT or REAR position (2 different adapters) to reach the best cable ergonomics solution on your rig set-up!
The LockPort UNIVERSAL adapters are available in FRONT and REAR editions, also available in kit or sold separately to upgrade the kits or like spare parts!
Instant reverse output direction set-up.
Can be ordered now, shipped in 24 hours!
Price List USD 109.00
What do you think? Sound off in the comments
(cover photo credit: snap from the PR)