Kondor Blue releases its new “Mondo-Ties” cable management system for video and cinema rigs

Dec 22, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Kondor Blue releases its new “Mondo-Ties” cable management system for video and cinema rigs

Dec 22, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Kondor Blue has announced its newest product. It’s an unassuming little clip with big quality-of-life improvements for filmmakers, live streamers and others who potentially have to deal with a lot of cables. It was developed in collaboration with YouTuber Armando Ferreira (Mondobytes), and it’s called Mondo-Ties. It’s essentially a 1/4-20″ mounted cable tie. It screws into the 1/4-20″ sockets on your cage or other hardware and holds your cables so they’re not flapping all over the place.

It’s a little thing, but it’s a very elegant solution to a common problem. Personally, I often end up using hook & loop strips to strap cables to each other and my camera rig, but that can make disassembly and reassembly a lot more time-consuming. Mondo-Ties, though, as you can see in the video below, is very quick to tweak, making it very efficient on set.

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Mondo-Ties come in packs of five or ten, inside a zip-up pouch to keep them all together, along with an Allen key to tighten the 1/4-20″ bolt into your cage, camera or other hardware with a 1/4-20″ socket. In the video above, Armando shows us all of the prototype designs that he went through before reaching the final design and shows off the strength of that final design by lifting his entire ~20lb camera rig up with just one of them. It’s all quite impressive.

And, yeah, sure, you could design and 3D print something to do this, but it’s not going to be as strong as an injection moulded solid part like the Mondo-Ties. With 3D printing, you’ve got print orientation and layer lines to deal with that will cause it to break if the cables put too much strain in the wrong direction. And if the cables get tugged hard, a printed option likely isn’t going to be any help whatsoever when it comes to protecting the plugs on the cables or the sockets they’re plugged into on your camera.

I could see this also being very useful for camera monitors or live streaming switchers like the YoloBox Pro (review here) that often require a lot of cables (power, video in & out, audio in & out, etc) when used with a cage that provides a bunch of 1/4-20″ sockets.

It’s a very cool idea, and surprisingly, it actually sells for a reasonable price. 5-packs are available to buy now for $19.99 in blue, black or red, and 10-packs are available to buy now for $34.99 in the same three colour options.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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