Originally Posted by Panayotis Melas
Very nice patent, indeed. But, does it not require a relevant jack, to be pre-installed on the device? Otherwise, even if somebody gets this proprietatry cable it would be useless.
This what I understand, at least.
Unless, as you say, the latching mechanism is already a standard of the HDMI jack.
If you look closely, and read some of the reviews for them. It latches into the slots that are already in a standard HDMI jack, which are there because if how they are made to provide retention springs in order to apply some small amount of spring pressure on the normal cable end connectors. Their cables have a spring loaded raised latch plate that locks into those slots, and they are released only when you push down on the release button on the cable end.
You will note, that nowhere do they even say that you require anything such as changing the female HDMI jacks/connectors on your equipment. And the reason is, because you don't need anything other than their cables.http://www.eventdv.net/Articles/Read...rticleID=48955
"Alas, the oft heard "HDMI is not a locking connector! … It is a self-ejecting technology!" Well, no more. What was once the Achilles heel of a desirable workflow is now the secure backbone. Ottovonmo Productions introduced PPC's patented Locking HDMI cable to the production industry at NAB 2008. Able to lock into any HDMI connector, this new locking HDMI cable solves a myriad of problems in the industry."http://www.ascmag.com/new_products/June2008/#prod495
"Locking into HDMI
Ottovonmo Productions has teamed with PPC, an industry leader in connector technology, to distribute the new Locking HDMI cables for use in video-production applications.
Taking advantage of HDMI’s ability to send an uncompressed 4:2:2-color-sampled picture out to a recording codec — just as HD-SDI can, but for a significantly lower price — the new cables eliminate HDMI’s traditional propensity for coming unplugged, which had made the cables more of a hindrance than a benefit in production environments. Featuring a release button on the connector, the Locking HDMI cables can plug into any HDMI-compatible device, including BlackMagic Design’s DeckLink HD Extreme, the Red One camera and the Canon HV30 and Sony HVR-Z7U camcorders."