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About cmgoodin

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    Sound mixer and Video Engineer since 1968
  1. I have a question about the File format. Not mentioned in the manual of either machine. When recording ISOs are the ISOs part of a multi-channel Poly BWF file? Or are the ISOs recorded as separate BWF Mono Files 1 File for each channel? When you arm a track is it just an added channel to the LR Mix FIle? Can the MixPre 3/6 record a Stereo LR mix and a separate 3 to 6 Channel Poly BWF for the ISOs? If not, that would be a feature request for me for future updates. I plan on picking up an MixPre 3 as soon as they are available. Looks like a great thing for the podcasting/ Live Video streaming market.
  2. Yeah, I think Apple went the wrong way with this "Upgrade". Of course it is the Apple way to take away ports and make things not compatible with their other hardware as well as the rest of the world. I think the All USB-C ports is a big mistake. People really hate the fact that they now have to buy a whole new Bag of Dongles to use normal items like Thumb Drives and SD cards. Not to mention all the Display dongles needed to cover the possibilities. And every long time MacBook user is lamenting the loss of the Mag-Safe connector for power. I also think taking away physical function keys was a mistake as well. Now you have to look at your keyboard and move your hands to see where the keys are and try to figure out what they do since they are constantly changing. There are lots of Rants on You Tube over the latest machines. Warning! The rant on the bottom is over an hour long. and both have NSFW language in them because the reviewers ae PISSED OFF. ----Courtney
  3. I somehow don't miss the Wow, the Flutter, The joy of stretched tape and flaking oxide. The "whump whump whump" of a flattened pinch wheel. Not to mention the tape hiss and muffled sound of a misaligned head azimuth. Analog, May it rest in peace. "Warmth" be damned. Sorry analog, we get our "Warmth" now from lossy compression.
  4. Why don't you just pull your audio feed from the TV hooked up to the HDMI out? If it is going to a Video/audio recorder then use the recorders headphone or line out. It should be the same quality as the HDMI recording since it is getting a PCM signal over the HDMI cable. I think Skype only allows a single output routing and if you imbed the audio in the HDMI would mean it would not feed the USB audio output. Post could also pull the audio off the HD recording made in the HDMI recorder. So your audio would probably be superflous except for the local person's ISO recording.
  5. One good choice is the Lenovo ideapad 100S. It is one of those Atom Z3735F Baytrail Quad Core laptops which are very fast have good battery life, a great, full size Keyboard for an 11.6" Laptop, and it is RED so it is easy to see when someone is walking off with it. It has full version of Windows 10 and runs all windows software. It is actually a little lighter than the Macbook Air 11" and has 2 full size USB 2 ports and an HDMI port and Audio I/O port without needing dongles or adaptors. It has a small SSD for speed but has a Micro SD card slot so you can expand the storage an additional 64GB for about $19. On occasion these can be found on sale at Best Buy for $150 (right now they are $179) and include a free 1 year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 personal ($99 value) Lenovo Ideapad at Best Buy You can buy 5 of these for the price of one Macbook Air 11" And if that is too much money Fry's has a Vulcan 11.6" on sale with promo Code for $129. Same chipset, memory, SSD, and ports as the Lenovo (except mini HDMI instead of full size). More spaced out keys so easier typing but NO included Office 365 trial. Large Touchpad but lacks discrete trackpad keys that the lenovo has. And the Touchpad driver is not installed so you get the generic Mouse driver which dosen't do things like detect and disreguard palm touches when typing.. Usually on sale at Frys for $100 off. Vulcan 11.6: Laptop at Fry's
  6. I disagree it took over 3 years of work to get BWF Widget Pro running with all its current features and it would be cheaper to personally buy each Mac user their own Windows computer to run the software than it would be to write a native OSX version from scratch. But you are welcome to write your own version if you like.
  7. I was informed of this practice in a Hollywood SMPTE meeting a few years ago. Presentation was made by the industry's top Anti-Piracy teams from all the major studios. They had comprehensive charts on each pirated copy of the popular tentpole moves with the date and place each camcorder pirate copy was made. In some cases they even knew the name of the person who created the pirate copy. Usually a known bad guy (by pirate name) in a foreign country and beyond the Legal reach of US copyright holders. The pirates are international and pull elements from many different locations including pulling a copy of the Video from a Chinese or Russian print and marrying that with the English soundtrack from another country recorded in a theater with concealed portable audio recorders. The steganographic techniques can be both not visible or audible and visible and audible. The inaudible techniques are designed to carry a lot of data and is for high quality copies like digital duplication (like DVD ripping). But for Camcorder copies a more robust form that is audible and visible must be used because it is captured by a sensor and microphone in a camcorder and never sees any of the original data of the DCI or DVD. It is not inaudible just not normally delectable by the pirate (or viewer) unless they know what sound is being used for the marking. It has to be audible to survive recording by a separate device especially that has automatic gain control and automatic iris like that of a typical phone or consumer camcorder. They also showed examples of coded specular highlights on some object in the frame in some scene. What looks like the reflection of sunlight on some glass in a scene will have a different pattern or position on the glass for each location shown. These SFX sounds and specular highlights are encoded as numbers in the DCI metadata and transformed to audible and visual artifacts in the projector head and audio system in each theater. They are also combined with some decryption Key unique for each projector so they can trace it back to the actual theater in a multiplex that may be showing 4 instances of the same DCI data in 4 different theaters. They don't have to create a separate mix or "print" for each showing. It is all automated and the only human interaction has to happen before duplication where they determine what sound effect and scene to place the encoded anti-piracy codes in. The variations and positions are created on the fly in software during decoding in the projector and Sound System. Kind of like how you can program most Laser Printers to apply a faint watermark to every page printed and every copy machine encodes a small (almost invisible) dot pattern on each copy for forensic ID. Some theaters used a system of infrared LEDs embedded in the screen to flash out code numbers throughout the film. These are normally not visible to the human eye but most CMOS sensors see them as white lights. (see tip below) However the smart pirates can thwart these just by putting an infrared blocking filter on the camcorder. So the visible spectrum and audible spectrum must be used to survive the Wiley IP Pirate... TIP: Since most CMOS camera chips see in the infrared part of the spectrum a great way to test your flaky TV or Audio infrared remote is to point your smart-phone camera at the LED emitter on the remote and press some buttons. Your Eyes see nothing but the phone camera will see a bright white light flashing if the remote is functioning normally .
  8. I wouldn't necessarily give the credit to a meticulous sound design team. In most high dollar popular Films they use Car Horns, Dog barks and other short BG SFX to code the "print" (DCI Distro) with a unique ID that can be tracked for Anti Piracy enforcement. The position of the Car Horn or the number of Honks can serve to indicate which theater was showing the film when somebody used a Camcorder to make a pirate copy. It is a version of Watermarking that can survive bad camcorder copies and other attempts to conceal the source. That Taxi Horn may appear in different positions or with a different Honk pattern in each location it is shown.
  9. Hi Jay, LAME is part of the BWF-Widget Pro Installation. I just tried installing it on a new Windows laptop with Windows 10 and MP3 conversion seems to work fine as long as running as administrator. Make sure your files you are converting are in a folder that you have permission to write to as well as the destination folder. Perhaps if you have some overzealous anti-Virus software running it may be preventing BWP from saving it's batch file for MP3 conversion to the BWP program's folder. Running as administrator usually is all that is required to allow this. Perhaps your anti-Virus software is preventing write access to any system folders. After you run the batch convert process check the BW-Pro Program folder and see if there is a "MP3LIST.BAT" file there. Open it in Notepad and take a look. It should have the names and destinations of the files to convert in it at the end of each line in the Batch file. If you open a Command window and try to execute the MP3LIST.BAT batch file you can read any errors it may encounter since the command window won't close until you type "EXIT" from the command line. This is the best way to troubleshoot a Batch Conversion problem. It usually turns out to be a path problem or a folder permissions problem. Sometimes it can be a filename with an unusual non alphanumeric character in it.
  10. Jay, It should work fine with windows 10. Just remember to "run as administrator" Right click the BW-Pro Icon and go to properties. Under the Compatibility tab check the "Run as administrator" box. It may also help to check the box compatibility Mode and choose Windows XP service pack 3. This may not be necessary but couldn't hurt. Also make sure the LAME.EXE file is in the BWF-Widget Pro program folder. -----Courtney
  11. why don't you just use the Ambient or Denecke Timecode Toolkit app for the iPhone or iPad You could hook up a comtek or other receiver for the TC for Wireless display or just feed the LTC to the Mic Input on an iPad mini or iPod.
  12. There was some suspect javascript found on the server site. It was removed Let me know if you still get a warning when you visit. As far as I can tell it didn't deliver any payload when it was there.. Probably a drive by infection that didn't work
  13. Hi all, I don't seem to get any warning from my website. Google Site Check shows no info on any type of malware on my site so I don't know maybe the posted link has been misdirected to a malware site. Occasionally the web server that my site is co-located on gets blacklisted because of other sites located at the same web host IP become infected. But I don't see any problems currently at I don't know what is. It is not my direct website. Goodsound has never been my domain name. It belongs to somebody else. As to a native Mac version of BWF Widget there is no such thing. You can run it on a Mac using Boot Camp or Paralells or VR Fusion and any version of Windows, but Sound Device's Wave Agent is your best Mac alternative although it doesn't quite do everything BWF WIdget Pro Does.
  14. Besides BWF-Widget Pro which is used by many transcription houses for playback of both BWF and MP3 timecode stamped files, I wrote a Windows program for Transcription called TC-Transcriber several years ago. A trial version is available for download below. It will play H.264 video files and MOV files with BITC (Burn in Time Code) and BWF files with timecode and MP3 files with ID3 Timecode stamps and automatically puts the current timecode on the clipboard every time you pause or play the file with a Serial attached footpedal. It can be used to playback files in the background while typiing in MS-Word or any other word processor. TC-Transcriber Downlaod Contact me if you want to purchase a license after the 14 day fully functional trial runs out. $79
  15. That would only work as long as the files all start on an even second. SD always starts files on an even second. Earlier Zaxcom files I believe started at whenever fractional second the record button was hit. Maybe the new machines start on the even second but it would depend on what version of Deva or other machine the files were recorded on, so make sure the start time code at 23.976 all start on even seconds in the files you want to convert before attempting to convert them to 29.97 in Wave Agent. Perhaps this is already handled by the current version of Zax Convert so it may not be a problem.