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Tom Visser

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  • Birthday 07/05/1972

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    Waimea (Kamuela) & Honolulu, HI
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
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    IATSE 665 & 695 Y-1

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  1. Alt monitor (c|24) to HDMI?

    what your looking for is an HDMI audio embedder. You can find them on eBay for $50+ dollars or you can go for a more pro level one like BlackMagic or AJA.
  2. So... Nothing new from SD at NAB, I guess.

    I don’t care if high end or low end or who makes it. It needs to record, not fail when I need it, have a mechanical / tactile record button or switch (joysticks do not apply), sound good - both recording and monitoring, and be able to see meters in full bright sun. I love the 788t overall, but it has failed me too many times for my liking. 6 series, Mix Pre, anything zoom, anything Zaxcom, pretty much anything with an LCD - I simply can’t see the screens in the sun - acceptable for menu settings routing, but unacceptable for metering. literally the only recorder which satisfied my needs was the Cantar X2. I didn’t want to buy a $14k recorder (without accessories) but logically, given my requirements, I didn’t have a choice. If I switched over to narrative cart mixing, maybe the X3 might make sense to “keep it in the family”, but that’s not my primary work and not sure about the direction aaton has gone with super LCD panel. So if I ever do outgrow 8 channels, very interested to see future options, even if it comes from Zoom, but hopefully someone like Sound Devices or Zaxcom.
  3. So... Nothing new from SD at NAB, I guess.

    I'm just trying to "catch up" on NAB on the internetz - is it right to say that there is almost nothing audio related at NAB this year other than a "Rode" ambisonic mic and an improved Zoom recorder? I guess I'm buying a couple more Lectro SSM to flesh out my kit this year and maybe the new Lectro IEM system - was really hoping for a more portable transmitter though before I jumped in.
  4. Microdot on transmitter

    you'll have to contact DPA directly for purchase options. There is the DQA0026 crimper, plus some other ancillary tools / bits and pieces to make it work as well as the necessary terminations and potentially having to account for bias resistor too.
  5. Microdot on transmitter

    I don’t think it is more robust but is cheaper to terminate and can be done quickly in the field if you invest in the tools.
  6. Ursa Pro Mini AES not working

    You can use an AJA ADA-4 to perform the SRC externally - not a perfect solution but a solution nonetheless.
  7. Sound Devices acquires Audio, wow!

    I can understand the sentiment, but I do note there are a few forces at play here: 1) prices of good gear is dropping - partly to do with companies like Zoom, for example, introducing accessible professional level equipment, and a shift from traditional narrative filmmaking to the mass of television programming and non-traditional narrative productions. (this shift has already mostly happened but is continuing and changing along with the times). 2) our expectations are rising - we want our equipment to do more, have remote control, to have back up recordings, IFB / utility sends, be smaller, be lighter, be as rugged as the gear before it was... When I first started out I needed to buy the biggest mixer / recorder that I think I might have needed for a couple years out. Now I want to have ready to go kits that are configured as 3 channel, 4-8 channel, and cart. I don't want to have to reconfigure gear outside of plugging in slot receivers or modules, just grab and go, and don't feel the traditional sound bag is the ideal form factor either. If I had any love at all for Zaxcom ENG recorders and they had built in QRX receiver modules, I would have been all in the Zaxcom camp. If Sound Devices' merger allows them to make a recorder with integrated wireless features, I'll be all in on that product (in Hawaii I demand to be able to see the screen / meters in the worst case scenario near-equatorial sun - I do spend a lot of 12 hour days hiking rough terrain or spending all day on the beach). Hell, if Lectro wants to give it a go and makes my 4-channel recorder with SR slot and Duet IEM, I'd buy that. At the end of the day, close cooperation or owning the technology will help manufacturers achieve this goal of advanced integration, so I'm not necessarily for big mergers, but on the other hand can't help but to be excited to see what develops out of it.
  8. Sound Devices acquires Audio, wow!

    Hey I’d give you guys a shot if you made a larger recorder. There’s still missing a good 3 channel mixer (1 pre 2 line) / 4 channel recorder which accounts for a good portion of my smaller jobs. (Having an SR slot and nice digital IEM system built in would be a bonus). I absolutely love sound devices as a company but I have a pretty stringent requirement in the gear that I use - for me, must have sunlight readable screen / meters, which means the last (major) sound devices product I purchased is a 442 and still use occasionally to this day. Every time I look at a modern SD mixpre or 6 series unit, the outdoor unfriendly LCD screen eliminates them as a candidate.
  9. RIP - Chinhda Khommarath

    Such a tragic loss, my heart breaks for those close to him.
  10. New Alexa 4K Camera Announced

    No, maybe just a few crackers here and there. It’s mostly rental house business and alexa is what productions ask for and although there is depreciation, it’s not as fast nor as extreme as Sony cine depreciation (F23, F35, F65) which can all be had for a small fraction of their purchase price now. If I were an owner operator and shot my own work, Venice would probably be my first choice.
  11. I think in a professional capacity as cast mics I wouldn't consider it due to the compression and automatic gain features. But for those very same reasons, I'd completely be open to using it for myself and my own camera or for scratch purposes. I think the receiver as an XLR plug form factor is genius.
  12. Zoom F1 recorder

    I actually think its a cool little device and will serve well the markets it was designed for - BUT - really missed the boat by not offering some sort of automated recoding feature via HDMI or LANC, and its this type of feature that the budget / technical expertise / meticulousness -strapped indie single operator is in dire need of.
  13. Reverb in exteriors

    I'm sure your expert ears and sensibilities are correct, look forward to seeing the film myself when it is publicly available. I was setting up an LFE system yesterday and played "Gravity" and was sort of cool to hear the LFE rumble a bit with the low end from the astronauts' tools - not big explosions or special effects, just the subtle reinforcement to the scene through creative use of the low frequency spectrum on a "mundane" scene.
  14. Reverb in exteriors

    The snow was soft? Or has there been a prior days melt and then refreeze overnight that caused the snow to have a smooth icy coating? Also was there frozen snow up in the trees and icicles? Sometimes when patrolling in a gulch or between fingers you can hear reinforced echoes from the walls, doesn’t have to be full on cliffs or mountains. I mostly agree with you, just the curmudgeon former infantryman in me thinking out loud.
  15. Panny GH5s

    Unless something really interesting comes from Sony in the A7Siii or FS5ii, looks like I’m switching over to the GH5s, really well though out feature set from Panasonic.