Tom Visser

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About Tom Visser

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  • Birthday 07/05/1972

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    Honokaa & Honolulu, HI
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    IATSE 665 & 695 Y-1

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  1. Like others have mentioned there are lots of "sound cart" or clip shot type of apps to make playback easy. I'd definitely not rule out ProTools playback though, because I've been in too many situations where some sort of change to the playback is requested on set and it is nice to be able to quickly make and edit right on the spot. There is no single spacebar solution like you mention, but by using a combination of region layout in logical groups, some markers for quick reference, and "tab to region", you should be able to navigate very quickly through your playback session. Just make sure that in the tool bar you don't have the "tab to transient" waveform looking button pressed, otherwise the tab key will just select the next transient leading edge on your current region. alt/option tab will take you to the region start or previous region.
  2. How about white with red piping? (kidding) I'm in for one in black!
  3. Well the time has come for me to do something for my own personal camera rig and the 701D looks like the best option, so may be picking one up for me. Tom Duffy or other users, looking at the manual, it looks like channels 5/6 can only be set to record the mix or not. Confirming that you couldn't for example set it to record embedded HDMI audio 1/2 or allow it to record input 1/2 on 3.5mm while at the same time recording XLR inputs 1-4 on the other inputs. If not possible, Tom, possible to kick it up to software dept? If not possible, not that big of a deal, but would be nice to have all wav files on a single devices rather than split across 2 files (shotgun on camera and A-format ambisonics on 701D).
  4. Did any of you guys mess with MD? There was the highly compressed consumer format but a few machines aimed at pro audio had a high quality compressed format too. At this time I was firmly in the music recordings camp and did not have any inkling of the production sound community, but thought that my MD with its portability, random access, and multi-track capability was going to rule the world.
  5. On every pro broadcast style camera that I've worked with, I feel the pots are just attenuators and having them maxed out is fine, in fact your best case noise scenario assuming your output on the mixer or wireless receiver is hot enough. Some Panasonic cameras have a menu setting that introduces a PAD into the chain (AJ-HDX900 for example). With some cameras when using wireless receivers, you just have to give up on going line level and switch to mic level, attenuating the output of the wireless receiver enough to allow proper mic level (-20db is my goto on a Lectro SR).
  6. You may also be fighting against the limiters of the camera itself, so would explain why it is hard to clip. Best practice is to calibrate to -20dbfs as Eric says, but if your not sure, just yell into your mic as loud as you can in a tourette's style "b*ch#! #ass$#$ m*%th$#F*%^ker - why did you leave me!" making sure that the levels barely clip or modulate 90% or something, and then huddle into a ball in the corner and rock yourself to a calm state until camera is ready to roll.
  7. Poorly placed rears will sound worse than a good 3.1 setup. In the down mix, a simplistic explanation of what will happen is that 5.1 surround / back material will use phasing to simulate surround out of the LR. I think that most movies will not suffer from such a setup. Basically you should buy the best speakers that you can. There's nothing wrong with good old fashioned 2.0 setups. The addition of a center channel is "power steering" that makes up for the poor placement of LR speakers, poor placement of listeners, or poor room acoustics, but doesn't add anything fidelity-wise if those factors are not an issue to begin with.
  8. Also sunlight visible metering, would sort of like them to go back to the hi powered LEDs rather than LCD. I figure with only 3 inputs, you don't need a fancy LCD menu, just good old fashioned LCR switches, variable LCF, etc...
  9. For the USA at least, it would be too hugely complicated between 600 / 695 to figure who is going to do or can do what. Just seems like a world of pain to try to take on the responsibility of delivering video data. I have very rarely decided to record an interview on my PIX and turn over ProRES files with audio, but these were for small players where I was the most knowledgable about what they wanted. I couldn't imagine trying to suggest this for a typical production. I still work a few jobs where they want a production mix on camera, and in those cases I do my best to deliver, and mostly successfully. Unless they are working with an older RED or any Blackmagic camera ever made, this is actually possible. I'm happy enough with the sound that a 5D, new RED, or Alexa can record, not to mention the typical broadcast camera that is actually used when this is relevant with real audio inputs.
  10. MKH-8030 (should really be an inline screw on module rather than separate body) 3 channel mixer, 2 channel recorder with sunlight visible meters. multi-channel IFB system, 1 transmitter with multiple inputs, so can be flexibly assigned as agency IFB, Director IFB, VTR playback, boom PL, etc... Zaxcom (or other) boom op system. 1 mic input with 48v phantom (XLR), 1 mic input for dynamic headphone boom set (XLR), Mon/PL output (1/4") powered by NP-F, PTT button (latched on while rolling so operator doesn't have to manually activate), tally light, optional TC display panel for DSLR / action cam shoots.
  11. Some of the B&K mics of this era required 130V phantom power, but don't know if true of the mic in question.
  12. I used to use it on a daily basis at the start of each day too - just to get bang on TOD and automatic UB entry.
  13. Healthy confrontation and getting to be able to handle confrontation is a progressive movement to something different - maybe better. As an international community here, I think it is great for us (as Americans) to be able to communicate amongst ourselves and international participants so that all involved, especially the internationals, get a glimpse of real people's insights into the politics of the USA - who are like minded at least with respect to our trade - sound for film and television. If your the type that likes to "unfriend" and hide behind cozy self-made barricades of good vibes, blocking this thread should do the trick. (is that a feature that still works?)
  14. Looks like a papaya picker and breadfruit (ulu) grabber to me.
  15. Great for feeding Lectro bodypack TC inputs.