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  1. Rycote Mic Protector case

    The plastic tubes Rycote are selling as part of this kit aren't something they've designed and manufactured for themselves. They're fairly standard screwpack postal tubes, I've had bicycle components arrive in some.
  2. Vampire clips in the UK?

    Buy one of the LMC units and chop some of the plastic off with a tiny hacksaw or a hot knife. Or a file. I doubt you need the clip to completely surround it, it only has to grip it lightly. Another option is to use a Tram tr-50 vampire cable clip, they hold microphones surprisingly well.
  3. camera link

    If they don't pay they don't get. But there are situations where you can make it pay, for instance, the last time I used it was on a building site. If you're filming in a city centre, around pedestrians, there's another location. Or walking alongside a road. It's very easy to justify these things to production - nobody likes to ignore the word "safety".
  4. camera link

    I use the TRX900CL and RX200. Digital out the mixer into the CL, digital across the air, digital output into the camera too if it supports it. The RX200 is small, weighs very little and has a useful level indicator on the side. The only downside is that mounting it can be a pain on cameras like the F5, due to the amount of stuff cameramen bolt onto them these days. An added benefit is that with this combination, you don't need separate timecode sync - the CL sends timecode with the audio, you just plug the RX straight into the camera's BNC and that's that. It's a simple but effective system and the RX200 will also work with any Zaxcom body-worn transmitter.
  5. Receiver advice

    Ensure you're using the correct Sennheiser cable (they have a blue ring on the XLR).
  6. MKH40 high pitch noise

    I had this many years ago with a second hand MKH40, it was faulty so I returned it to Sennheiser for repair. It's been fine ever since.
  7. Receiver advice

    I've been using a couple of G3s with the handheld sticks for the last 12 months and I have to say they've worked perfectly, right across Europe and beyond. They're only plugged into an SQN so there's nothing really "digital" going on in the bag that could cause problems. I've used them on recorded and live work and had no issues at all. Are you using the correct cables, and are they tightened up fully on the receiver? The Sennheiser cables form part of the antenna and you can have problems if you don't use the locking ring on the minijack fully.
  8. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Open your mixer and check the Nomad antenna socket is still connected securely. They can come loose. I have two ERX's, I love them. Good for IFB in most situations, but also great for sending scratch audio to DSLRs and other things. On a shoot recently I had one providing audio and timecode to a roving camera, and the other providing IFB to a boom op so he could hear his mic. Worked very well.
  9. Rates in UK / Europe

    I think you should charge whatever you normally expect in your locale. What UK mixers charge isn't particularly relevant, although they're lying if they say that everyone charges £350 all in. Tell them that it doesn't matter what UK mixers charge, they're not in the UK now, they're in Brazil and will have to pay whatever Brazilians charge.
  10. Prototype BEC bracket for F55 Documentary Dock

    I find my universal plate works very well, on just about every camera ever made:
  11. sound devices media prices in UK

    Sounds like Sound Devices are sticking a sticker onto normal memory cards and charging a premium for it. I'd just buy whatever cards they say are compatible from Amazon and spend the difference on beer.
  12. 600mhz equipment resale?

    Perhaps a manufacturer has to jump through certain hoops before selling their equipment in the EU, but as far as I know, provided it transmits at 50mW and is in a legal band there's nothing to stop a private [licensed] buyer using whatever he likes in the EU.
  13. WIRELESS LAWS & LICENSES - UK

    If you're visiting as part of a job then I suggest you buy the licence and invoice it - no cost to you. I've only ever once seen anyone checking radio frequencies, and that was for a practice event before the Olympics. But the risk is always there.
  14. Cheapo boom pole

    I occasionally get asked to provide a long boom pole. Not enough, however, to justify spending a decent sum on a quality one. So at the risk of inviting much ire, has anyone any experience of these? Squeaks and creaks are solvable issues IMO. The last time I turned up on a job and the client wanted a long boom pole, I found myself spending money in a fishing tackle shop... https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Miliboo-portable-carbon-fiber-microphone-Boom-pole-Handheld-Grip-Support-Rod-Flash-Light-microfonos-Holder/32744962343.html
  15. Bag/Ditty for wires and transmitters

    For lapel mics I use fishing tackle boxes. They're ideal - strong, weigh nothing, perfect size, transparent.
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