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Joe Dunlap

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    Post and Field Audio Engineer from Cincinnati, OH.

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  1. Joe Dunlap

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    I do use those when I’m using a nomad but the transmitter in my Maxx doesn’t communicate with the ERX receivers so that is a real bummer. I love the rx200 but I do understand why DPs think it’s a little bulky for any sort of moving shot on a ronin or easy rig. At one of these events I snuck a schoeps mk41 on the gooseneck of a podium right under their podium mic, put the maxx under the podium and sent it over the rx200 to the Nomad in the back of the room grabbing a board feed and several Lavs. So it’s been very versatile and functional for me.
  2. Joe Dunlap

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    That’s a really good thought llari. That’s funny because I’m actually on a shoot today at a hospital training facility. It’s nice to not have to worry about being in the way of patients and also overall less noise than most hospitals. Still no luck on getting them to turn off the hvac though.
  3. Joe Dunlap

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    I was talking about the 335 that they’ve talked about releasing but haven’t yet.
  4. Joe Dunlap

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    Thanks John, I forgot about that option. They seem to have thought of everything. I’m interested to see when the start releasing the rest of the qrx 300 series stuff.
  5. Joe Dunlap

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    Hey Kat, Thanks for messaging. Here in Cincinnati, OH I have never run into any issue when I use my friends Zaxcom Wireless Lav system but there have been 2 times in the past 50+ shoots where my Sony UWP-D11 Lavs were acting very strange. On that same shoot the Zaxcom worked instantly. No matter how many times I scanned for channels on the Sonys the signal would sound like there was an aggressive noise gate on. Very strange and frustrating. I probably should look into it a little more but I've never been told that I shouldn't use wireless in the hospitals. For most of these shoots I'm always sending wireless audio and timecode from my Maxx to RX200 on camera, and that's never once dropped out on me since I've had my Maxx repaired. I guess if I was dealing with producers who were hesitant about using wireless I'd contact the hospital and check in to see if they have a tech person that you could talk to about that. Depending on your budget for the shoot Zaxcoms ZFR 400 https://zaxcom.com/products/zfr400/ might be a good solution if they tell you not to use wireless systems. Or for a lot less money about $200 Zoom makes the F1 that I've thought about grabbing one or two of just to keep in my bag as an absolute last resort. They are just miniature field recorders that you place on your talent. It's not ideal to not be able to monitor what you're recording but if you're kind of planning on that being a backup to the boom then it might be useful. I wish I had more specific tips for you.
  6. Joe Dunlap

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    Thanks for the tip Mike! I’ll try using lavs in addition to the boom next time so I can compare. This hallway happened to be carpeted so even though it still sounded like a hallway, it wasn’t super reflective like most hospital hallways. (It was an administrative building). I do a lot of commercial work in hospitals and the hvac noise is always there. There’s not really an option to turn it off. Sometimes it’s tough to tell which is worse, a directional mic overhead closer to the vents but pointing away from the vent or an Omni lav closer to their mouth but picking up everything.
  7. Joe Dunlap

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    Thanks Phillip, I'll definitely look more into the moze box. That is true about on set playback. This DP has a paralinx that sends video along with audio wirelessly to video village and the client actually commented on how it was nice to be able to listen to the scratch audio on playback. Thanks for chiming in Constantin. I wish Zaxcom had a camera hop the size of their little transmitters that I could sneak on. I just did a day on a short film with an Alexa SXT but we didn't have any of the cabling to get BNC or 4 pin lemo to 5 pin lemo in for TC or 5 pin XLR in for scratch audio. That is going to be a pain to sync up.
  8. Joe Dunlap

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    Hey everyone, Today I was doing a walk and talk down a narrow hallway where it would have been really tough to get a good consistent placement with the boom so we rigged it up to the dolly and it seemed to work pretty well. The talent was speaking direct to camera so his distance from the camera didn’t change much. (I know the schoeps cmc641 would have been a better choice than the 416 but it was a last minute shoot so I didn’t have access to it so quickly) We also wanted consistent light on him so we rigged up a 4x frame and a rolly stand to the dolly as well. Just curious if this is typical of walk and talks if you have a dolly available. Also, does anyone else get complaints about the size and weight of the RX200? I love the box and it’s saved me several times but I’ve been told by several DPs they’d rather just have a tentacle sync box and not worry about scratch audio.😕👎🏼.
  9. Joe Dunlap

    Zaxcom Maxx + RX200 dropping signal

    Just got my rig back from Zaxcom and thought I'd post an update in case anyone was curious. Apparently it was a power supply issue in the Maxx because here's what they put on the invoice. "installed 1.2V coil modification on power supply section of DSP board" It fixed the issue and I'm back up and running. I'm thankful for the Zaxcom crew rushing to get it to me before a couple of shoots.
  10. Joe Dunlap

    Zaxcom Maxx + RX200 dropping signal

    Thanks Richard. That's good to know. I appreciate the troubleshooting. I think I'll be sending it back to Zaxcom on tuesday to get the transmitter upgraded.
  11. Joe Dunlap

    Zaxcom Maxx + RX200 dropping signal

    Hey Jack, Thanks for responding. I tried skipping the distro unit and just going straight from the battery. I did have a QRX200 that was being powered from the distro but I pulled it out and tried just running power to the Maxx and it has the same issue. I wondered if it was some sort of weird ground issue. I got ahold of someone at Zaxcom and they said there's a chance I'll need to send in the Maxx for a transmitter upgrade since my Maxx is an early serial number. Luckily the shoot monday is just locked down interviews so I'll be able to plug in. Thanks again Jack! I'll post an update as to if upgrading the transmitter resolves the issue.
  12. Hey everyone, This is my first post on this forum so hopefully this is the right place to post this. If not, let me know. I'm excited to have found this online community and I've already learned a ton from reading through the forum. I'm having a weird issue with my Zaxcom Maxx and RX200 and wondered if anyone had any thoughts on how to resolve the issue. Here's what's going on. Zaxcom Maxx with built in transmitter (Block 23) sending audio and timecode to a brand new RX200. It locks signal and works perfectly as long as the Maxx is being powered by the power supply or internal AA batteries but as soon as I plug in an external battery distribution system it drops signal constantly (every couple of seconds). I've tried a Remote Audio BDS with NP1 system that powers our Nomad system perfectly, and my new Audioroot esmart battery system. Both systems cause the RX200 to instantly drop signal; unplug it and it locks back in. Waiting on a call back from Zaxcom but I've got a shoot Monday so I thought I'd see if anyone had any ideas.
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