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  1. John Blankenship

    Comtek BST-25/216 on battery power?

    If the heat and wildfires haven't knocked out the phone service in So.Cal., may I recommend you call and ask Comtek's tech department. I've typically found them booth forthcoming and helpful, and the odds are pretty high they'd know more about it than most anyone. It's doubtful you need external voltage regulation, but it would be nice to know what Comtek specs as the allowable voltage range. However, it's pro gear designed to play nicely with other pro gear, so I wouldn't sweat it.
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    Microdot to Lectro TA5 failure

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    New wireless TX deviation rules October '18

    Apparently, I'm not sure what your question is. Will manufacturers adjust their products to meet requirements? No doubt they will. Will you be able to continue to use gear you already have? Yes, you will! Beyond that, we'll need to wait and see as the dust settles.
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    New wireless TX deviation rules October '18

    Yes, and the models you listed are ones a person would already have (as they've been superceded), so therefore, the new ruling does not apply to them. As I understand it, this ruling pertains to what manufacturers and dealers can sell after the date of implementation.
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    New wireless TX deviation rules October '18

    Keep in mind that the regs are for transmitters, not receivers, and also does not affect the units you already have. i.e. The sky is not falling -- it's just been lowered incrementally for manufacturers.
  6. John Blankenship

    Zaxnet 2.0

    Yes, It's long been a working feature in the Devas.
  7. John Blankenship

    IMAX 3D Digital Camera Timecode?

    It's easy to make a case that it's a camera thing (and thus a camera rental), since the reason they need tri-level is to synchronize the cameras with each other. You may be using the Lockits to jam the time code, but clocking the cameras together is their issue.
  8. John Blankenship

    Halter Technical introduces the Scene Monitor!

    While the PR216 has only a mono output, Comtek found a novel way to make them compatible with both TRS and TS plugs (mono and stereo). They did it by using a TRS jack and wiring the two sides out of phase. Some of us find having our left and right ears out of phase with each other to be a mite disconcerting. This can result in our clients having a subconscious "somethings a bit off" feeling. I can attest to the fact, because that's how it affects me. Therefore, I wire all of my Comtek headsets with mono (TS) plugs. I'm not alone.
  9. John Blankenship

    MKH40 outdoor - rycote baseball vs babyball

  10. John Blankenship

    Halter Technical introduces the Scene Monitor!

    Along with what Jim says, I was wondering if these will be available with a mono plug to use with Comtek receivers. I, too, am not a fan of having the ears out of phase. My other hesitency is the rather dominate branding -- which would be great if I was known professionally as Harry Toneman. (Or many years ago, "Happily Tonader") -- (Tonader=T-power).
  11. John Blankenship

    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    I agree to have an open slate on set. We've done this with an intimate performance that didn't want distractions. (As if, having someone shooting the performance from many angles isn't a distraction <g>). The camera just grabs a quick shot of the slate either at the beginning or end each time they roll. The slate's there running the entire time so people barely notice it -- unless, of course, the performance is so boring that everyone is looking for something... anything... to divert their attention. If that's the case, the production has worse issues than illuminated incrementing sequential numbers.
  12. John Blankenship

    Deva 16 / Fusion 12 TC Problems ...

    While at the studio today, I ran t.c. out from one Deva V directly into another — it worked fine. Mirror is correct re: Continuous Jam. Of course, make sure both frame rates match. Have you tried running both Deva to Fusion and Fusion to Deva? Are the results the same? Have you tried a different cable? If all the settings are correct, I'm suspecting the way the cable is wired.
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    Deva 16 / Fusion 12 TC Problems ...

    There is a recorder setting in the "Time Code" menu that determines "Timecode Out." Make sure it's set to "Generator" and not to "Disk."
  14. John Blankenship

    Audix SCX1 Repair

    Do not put them into a hot oven -- only a slightly warm one. You're trying to dry them out, not toast 'em.
  15. John Blankenship

    Sports Headworn Microphone

    I've seen exactly what they described to the o.p. -- in a hands-free headset for a cell phone. That's probably what they remember seeing, and now they're interpolating it as a performance mic. Note that DPA also makes short arm ear-worn mics. Silver? Cover it with aluminum foil <g> .