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    Independent location sound mixer in Switzerland

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  1. Ben B

    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    So just to follow on what happened after discussions with the production. We will use the TC input of the Arriflex since the facility they have contact with have the back end to work with this. I insisted they would make sure it was true and my answer was we did this 3 years ago and it worked. We will also be tailslating to be safe. We will also do a full test shoot (all the way to the telecine facility) before the start to make sure it all works perfectly. To answer chrismedr they are sending the films to Germany. Can't remember exactly where but i think there is no such places in Switzerland anymore. Thanks everybody for chiming in.
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    I thought to have it as a backup solution in case anything would happen to the camera TC. Noted for the ipad, if TC display then open slate it will be. I have the discussion with the production this afternoon so we will see what we will end up doing. Thanks all for your inputs!
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    I was thinking using an ipad with the Tentacle TC display app (or something, i cant remember the exact name) which displays the TC of the tentacle connected via bluetooth. I'll bring up all these solutions at the meeting i have next week but mostly make sure the telecine will be able to handle the TC on film. Thanks for all the precious infos.
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    Tailslating could be an option. I'll bring it up at the meeting. I generally find tailslating dangerous because the will be times where either the camera or the sound will cut before but it could be a option to backup the TC.
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    They want to avoid using a clap... The whole film will be half improvised half scripted and they think that the clap brakes the authenticity. I understand their thought process but i think shooting film without clap is risky. No backup solution in case the TC ended up being out of sync for any reason, TC being the only syncing possibility since i can't send audio to the cam. Anyway we are still in discussion on if it is at all possible thus my question. But you mean that, in theorie, my workflow of leaving a Tentacle on the Arriflex 416 should work? I can't see why not but i just wanted to make sure.
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    Thanks. I'm having a meeting about this on Tuesday so i'll definitely bring this up.
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    Hi all, I will be starting a feature in a couple month where we'll be using the Arriflex 416. The production wants to use the timecode input. I have never used that camera and never worked with TC on a film camera. I am planning on using my tentacle sync constantly plugged into the cam, they will be using the special film to be able to record the TC. Beside reading the manual i have no experience with this setup and wondered if anyone here had already done this with success and what would the ropes be to make this work. I will be doing a camera test soon but i wanted to know if you guys had experience to share. Thanks, Ben
  8. I use an Tamrac Anvil 27 https://www.tamrac.com/products/anvil-27. It fits my small kit for docu and smaller jobs with the boom on the side of the bag and my sound bag that i carry in one hand. There are still a couple pockets free for your keys and phone! It's super comfortable and heavy duty. I took it through many cities, planes rides, up the mountains many times, in snow and hot weather. It didn't disappoint!
  9. Ben B

    Stereo Mix - scripted series

    Very common here as well. I monitor in the first two tracks in mono anyway, so it sounds exactly the same as a one track mono mix would.
  10. Ben B

    camera link

    I just tried with both of my setups. I have a 633 with an UM400 as IFB Tx and a G3 Rx. Sounded perfectly fine to me for a scratch track to the cam. I also tried with my 688 and Lectro T1 Tx and G3 IEM Rx for the boom op. It sounded as good as when i used it with my G3 Tx. I think i just found the perfect setup with this. I like the higher output power of the Lectro IFB Tx and the battery life of the G3 Rx.
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    camera link

    I was wandering around the forum in hope to find that exact information! Thanks! I've been using R1a as cam hop but didn't like the not locking connector and the knob which i had to tape over to prevent accidental changes. Plus i had a couple problem lately to feed a healthy signal into line level input, especially on the Alexa mini. I'll be testing this workflow tomorrow! Thanks!
  12. Thanks a lot Derek and Larry! The two way splitter is on its way!
  13. Hi all, I want to add a 4th receiver to my 688/sl6 setup and would like the antenna to go through the RF distribution system of my SL6. I was thinking of adding a SMA T connector to one receiver in the SL6, have the 4th receiver plugged on one side of this T connector and into the SL6 on the other side. Has anyone already tried this? Is there any reason that it wouldn't work? Is there a better way to do this? Thanks, Ben
  14. Hi! I had a call from the editor of a feature we finished 2 month ago saying that every files were too late from between 1 to 3 frames compared to the scratch track. It was not a constant off set but a difference ranging from 1 to 3 frames. We used 2 different set up for the different shooting phases. The first one was tentacle into a Sonosax SX-R4, and tenatcle into the Mini. Both units were constantly fed with timecode from the two Tentacles. The second set up was exactly the same but with a 633 instead of the SX-R4. This timecode difference was on every file regardless of the recorder used. The editor told me and my colleague that even the test shoot were off by about 2 frames. We got this news 2 months after being done with the 9 weeks shooting. Has anyone any idea where the problem could come from? I'm not really looking for a solution to re-sync the clips but more as to where this difference could come from (and ultimately not reproduce it in the future...). Thanks!
  15. Ben B

    Lemo right-angle plugs

    I am a Sound Devices 6xx user and i'd love to have one with the cable exiting at 3 (12 being where the red dot is). Can't speak for others recorders though. I also own a couple tentacle and bought a right angle lemo for the alexa mini on the tentacle website. The cable is the exiting at 12. I did one film with it and the dop was a bit rough with the equipment and broke two of my cables. He took the battery off the fixing bars so he could get closer to the wall in a tight space. When the battery isn't there anymore it leaves the cable unprotected and if you apply a bit of pressure on the exiting cable it brakes the part that slides into the body of the plug. I had to tape it to finish the film and it kept working but it wasn't optimal... I am just saying this plug is great but you have to be a bit careful with the angle part.