Nathaniel Robinson

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    Freelance Boom-Op/Mixer. Mostly small docu and corporate gigs with Zaxcom Maxx.

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  1. I had no luck with the Orca waist belt and OR30. I'm a thin, tall guy (32" waist, 6'3") so that might be part of it. I also find the available Petrol and Orca harnesses to be an ergonomically imperfect fit for my build. Cannot get the majority of weight to hang anywhere but my shoulders. I had one day where I was only booming wild sounds/on the fly interviews, zero wireless. So I built this little rig from a thrift store Walkman type bag. Belt was a wide piece of nylon webbing with the clasps from an army belt sewn on (and reinforced by gaff tape to satisfy my paranoia). NP1/Hawk-woods distro was stuffed into an old light meter bag. Despite these humble and hodge-podge origins, the bag performed perfectly. I've never had less fatigue/discomfort after a long day of almost continuous rolling. This thread has reminded me that I need to explore the Kortwich and Ktek wait belt options.
  2. Got it setup on my iMac running 10.11.5. After a bumpy setup (I had ffmpeg in the wrong directory), it has worked exactly as advertised on my Nomad and 633 files. A very handy option to have, thanks for taking the time to develop it!
  3. Wow, very nice. On my upright cart I am using a larger, heavier steel plate for increased stability, but thinking of adopting the inverted nose approach. Is the aluminum boom holder (at bottom of cart) a custom piece?
  4. Everyone keep your hats on for one more moment! Within Simon B's excellent and thorough explanation is one simple mathematical error. 90 frames out of 90,000 would be 0.1% drift (or a multiplication factor of 0.001, which is likely the mix up).
  5. You are still stumbling here. Precision of language is critical to this discussion. Watch the video again, note that it only refers to a STAMP at the file start and end of the file.
  6. Ambient recently created a very helpful video series on timecode and it's relationship to synchronization. I think the main stumbling block in your scenario above is the use of the term "stamp". In typical application, the timecode stamp exists functionally as a start time in metadata for both audio and video files. So there IS no stamp at frame 3. Drift, however, can and does happen. That issue is discussed in the Ambient video "Synchronization Tutorial".
  7. Happy to test as well. I have Zaxcom Nomad and SD 633, using latest MacOS.
  8. Music setup: iMac->Metric Halo LIO8 -> Equator D8. Doesn't shake the walls but I love the sound. I'm also building a Raspberry Pi "hifi" setup. It will use an auxillary S/PDIF board -> modded MCM 50-7774 -> Harmon Kardon 17s/16 -> Urei 809a. Should be fun.
  9. Mix automation data is a dream of mine as well. I'm also ready to see rotary encoders instead of potentiometers on my digital mixers. Easy to work in banks/pages without any mechanical recall necessary. Would love to see more "meter bridge" type functionality in field recorders, whether wireless or even via a hard wired video output.
  10. Would like to see a Zaxcom Maxx II, with any/all of the following: 4 fader add on, Zaxnet, Touch/Nomad/Mix 8 compatibility, wideband UHF transmitter. Stripped down Zaxcom Oasis, more of an updated Mix 8. SuperSlot integration with Sound Devices 633, like an SL4.
  11. I don't think so. An NP1 won't fit in my RM model, maybe 1/4" too narrow to fit. Maybe with some bold dremeling.
  12. In an acoustically ideal room I think the MKH40 is fantastic for dialog. It has a bigger sweet spot that the MKH50, which I like when the blocking is sloppy or the dialog has a lot of improvisation. Also very nice for animated interview subjects with lots of leaning forward and to the side. Bad locations, noisy cameras, and crew-that-can't-shut-up keep the MKH40 in it's case more than I'd like.
  13. I really only use the app to change frame rate if necessary. Otherwise I use exactly the same as my Denecke SB3.
  14. If I were buying again, I'd look for one with peak meters over VU, certainly. I'd also want the direct out option (or budget for the mod from Vark Audio). In that configuration it will function very much like the 442. It has a world class sound; I use mine occasionally as a front end preamp for voice overs (chosen over 442/633/Maxx for this application). The rest of the time though? It is sitting in my personal museum of gear. Integrated mixer/recorders like the 633 or Maxx have become the workhorses in my world.
  15. Another "gotcha" of sorts is that in the rigs I've encountered, the external battery systems have been placed in a way that really makes the timecode port almost impossible to get to. I think a right angle 5 pin lemo for that connection would also be very useful.