Freeheel

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  1. It would be fine for transcription- and that's the only reason I've ever had for Mp3 delivery. No good for backup. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  2. Yep, based on this experiment, that's the way I'll be doing it if I need to deliver MP3- any thoughts on why a raw recording to Mp3 would be so much worse than a downconvert? Cheers, Brent Calkin
  3. I just did a test on mine, close voice in an ambient neighbourhood with leaves rustling and distant traffic. At 128 I had a few unexpected and shocking warbles on the voice. The background ambience was somewhat squiggly, but about what you would expect at that bit rate. At 320, the same test sounded OK, less squiggly in the ambience and no warbling on the voice. Not exactly a scientific comparison to whatever you guys are doing recording for your tests, but some feedback anyway... - I thought 320 sounded all right, but I expected better from 128... With Mp3's I expect a loss of resolution and some squiggles on high frequency complex sounds (like water or tree leaves), but the large warbly artifacts on voice were unexpected.
  4. Another +1 for Pete's 416t work. I had 2 done a couple of weeks ago. I'm very happy with the job he did! They sound the exact same as they did before, and its awesome to be rid of those clunky, crackly, and heavy adapter barrels. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  5. I have a lot of fondness for Tascam - I still have my venerable DA-30 Dat rack mount unit, which has never eaten a tape, and always sounded great. The DAP1 was my first sound effects machine. I still remember recording a distant river and not having the white noise of the running water vanish into analog tape hiss. It was magical. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  6. I have the things in my hands now, and they do flash at the top of the second, and whether it's a feature or a bug, I'm going to take full advantage of that. Brent Calkin
  7. Nice, Thanks Johnny. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  8. Jeez, I walk away for five minutes and the kitchen's a mess. First of all I live in Doc world, so I like to be able to instantly know at all times whether sync is holding. I usually work with pro cameras, so it's nice and easy to do a timecode count during a down moment or even sneak a peek at the camera display to make sure sync is solid. But for the next project: -The tentacle will be going to an audio track on a toy camera with no TC - a Sony FS 5. So I can't casually look at it's timecode display over DP's shoulder and make sure we are still in sync. -I CAN look at the audio input display and make sure that the tentacle is still plugged in and creating timecode that is going to the Audio track. -I could put a comtek on the camera and send it to my return and then monitor the timecode by the sound of the code going by. No really, I'm sure I could learn what 29.97 DF 17:45:23:24 sounds like as audio... By far the easiest way of doing a quick check, is to see whether the 2 tentacles on B and A Cam are flashing synchronously, and that flash matches the top of the second on my recorder's timecode display. It's what we did when we had to sync up 10 cameras with lockits, when they didn't have fancy displays. We'd jam, and have 10 lockits in a pile, all flashing together like clockwork. It was pretty obvious when one hadn't taken a jam properly. I hope this clarifies the topic a bit. I'm not intending to create a perfect solution, just one that helps me feel a bit better throughout the day and gets me through till I can have a moment to pull the tentacles off the cameras and check them with the iPhone app... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  9. Hey Millar, https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5018-131/Transparent-Dry-Bag Can't really argue on price, or reliability. Good to get some silicone moisture removing thingy's, as well. Put a fancy MEC absorbent cloth or towel in with it on the bottom. Or just a hand towel. Sounds like you've found a fun project! Cheers, Brent Calkin
  10. Thanks guys, good to know there is useful visual feedback about the state of sync. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  11. Hi All, I've got a question about the Tentacle sync units. I'm going to be using some next week. When they are synced, do they flash in time with the timecode on the second, like the Ambient and Mozegear units do? The reason for my question is that when using the Tentacles for TC on a camera audio track, you can't just look at the camera to see whether time code is matching the audio recorder. With the Ambient, Mozegear and Denecke lockits that don't have timecode displays, the flashing "on" light matches the top of every second (or 2 seconds) so you have at least some visual clue of whether the unit is still in sync. Do the Tentacles have this feature? Cheers, Brent Calkin
  12. Hey Johnny, My bag has all the usual ENG/doc stuff, a 633, Zax qrx200, an assortment of Lectro 411s, comtek transmitter and a block 24 Lectro hop. All attached with a BDS. Never had any strange sounds or interference. As soon as the bluetooth dongle was inserted, the return started put, put, putting like a small 1960's Evinrude 2 stroke. I haven't taken the time to test each device in my bag against the dongle, since in the pecking order of gear on my bag, Wingman comes pretty much last, and fires up fast enough that I can plug it in when I need it. The important test I need to do is to see whether that noise ends up on the tracks, or whether its only on the headphones. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  13. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/us/politics/tsa-ban-electronics-laptops-cabin.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news As someone who doesn't trust checking my gear into the cargo hold, this will likely affect my global flight planning. I can think of two flights that I took in the last year that may have been restricted by this policy. It will be interesting to see how they fold this restriction into the requirement for NOT checking lithium batteries into the hold- I'm quite certain I would not want to remove the battery from my Macbook before a flight, seeing as it's built in... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  14. I love zombie threads... sometimes you get to see an answer that you gave someone years ago and forgot about. Like a nice little time capsule. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  15. Hi John, thanks for the good advice. I've been doing a lot of doc shooting in the past year where we're alternating a lot between Sony F5 or Amira with a hop, and DSLR's without one, often I'll be shooting both ways, in the same location and same wireless conditions. I haven't seen any particular desensing when the hop is on, or any range advantage when it's off. (for either the Lectro or the Zax). The hop dipoles over the shoulder and down the back, along with careful frequency choices, seem to be doing a good job of not causing interference within the bag- and ironically, I often successfully use a Lectro wireless in the SAME block as my hops. (at opposite ends of the block) The QRX 200 is 4 blocks away from the hops. If my Zax results seem off base with everyone else's, I think my next step is to take the whole system back to the mothership for an assessment, and see if there is something funky going on. Cheers, Brent Calkin