visca cables?

Jeff Ramacher jeffr at
Fri Oct 13 16:12:04 CDT 2000

Yes, that's correct.  We just got two of them from PicturePhone Direct
(with two new Sony EVI-D30 cameras).  You can also get cables with the
proprietary connector on both ends to daisy chain multiple cameras
together (the cameras have in/out VISCA ports).  Our cables have
proprietary connectors on one end, and 9-pin D style connectors on the

We use 50ft cables to connect our two cameras (one cable per camera) to
a Telemetrics control panel, which allows us to remotely pan/tilt, zoom,
focus, and set up to 4 presets for each camera.  It has a built-in
joystick controller too.  We could also connect the cameras to COM ports
on a computer.  Sony has software to control the cameras that way, and I
believe a SDK if you want to do so from your own application.  The
Telemetrics unit is a lot of fun though, and it worked without hassle
out of the box!

Prices on all of this from PicturePhone Direct:

Sony EVI-D30 camera $1029/ea
Telemetrics Controller (can control up to 4 cameras) $825
50ft VISCA cable $95/ea
50ft S-Video 4 pin mini-din cable $30/ea
Bogen model 3021 tripod (w/ model 3126 fluid head) $201/ea
Jeff Ramacher (jeffr at                | (808) 879-5077, x264
Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) | fax (808) 879-5018

"Mark D. Johnson" wrote:
> The VISCA cable is a Sony proprietary (I believe) cable for far end
> camera control.  It can run from $40 to $90.  It looks a lot like an
> S-Video cable and the other end connects to a COM port on a computer
> or other control device.
> -mark
> JB Gallagher wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > Could anyone out there tell me what the "Visca cables" on the
> > product
> > list are for? There advertised at as Mac
> > to
> > PC Interconnect cables, and by the picture shown there it looks like
> > a
> > cable with a female serial connection on one end and a female PS/2
> > connection at the other end. If these are absolutely essential does
> > anyone know another place to get them besides blackbox?
> >
> > --Brad Gallagher
> > ASCI Flash Center
> > jbgallag at

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