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    PDX, OR, US
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    sound for picture in pdx
  1. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Same thing. My deal memo is an e-signable document, sent through Hello Sign, which can be signed on any device connected to the internet at any hour. I never take a job without a COI and a signed deal memo. On occasion, I'll accept a COI emailed to me the morning of before I land on set (i.e. east coast insurance company, west coast call time).
  2. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Hellosign maintains a provenance of IP addresses of who accessed it and when. This is appended to the signed version of the PDF. Once you sign it, you can request a copy for your records. This is why I never do anything without a potential client signing my deal memo up front. If they balk for whatever reason (don't like the terms, corporate policy forbids them, etc.), I tell them I'm not a good fit and refer some colleagues to them. The peace of mind from having them agree to my terms is worth missing a few paydays.
  3. Wardrobe department pre-production

    I've had good luck just establishing a rapport. The more you can chat with wardrobe between takes, the more you can get advance info about changes, extra layers being added (I do a lot of exteriors in Oregon, with ever-changing conditions), and the like. Being friendly with wardrobe can also help with minors. I recently wrapped a feature whose lead was a minor. Wardrobe and I met early and worked out a system where sound would deliver a prepped lav to the wardrobe trailer, and they would wire talent as they got dressed. After a couple of suggested adjustments, we had it down in the first week, and it carried us through the whole shoot.
  4. Wireless blocks in Portland, OR

    I use blocks 21 and 22 myself with very few problems. If you haven't, I highly recommend getting the FreqFinder app. It can check your GPS against FCC databases and advise on potential conflicts.
  5. SSD for SD744

    The one advantage I could see for going solid state is shock tolerance. I remember doing a doc in the field years ago with a lot of movement and my 744 locking up.
  6. I'd definitely call that kind of discount an "in-kind donation". I don't discount for anything other than a very close friend or a non-profit. I've written about negotiating rates, and saying "no" here and here, if you're curious.
  7. Substitute for Denecke TC Tooolbox

    Second that!
  8. 96kHz -- Pros and Cons?

    Per Wikipedia: "Sampling rate is 48,000 or 96,000 samples per second" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Cinema_Package#Sound_MXF_files 96k is allowed per spec, but isn't common, or IMHO, practical.
  9. 96kHz -- Pros and Cons?

    For dialog? What content would you need above 24 kHz for human speech and basic everyday noises (footsteps, etc)?
  10. 96kHz -- Pros and Cons?

    One thing to keep in mind re: sample rates in the field - AFAIK, the highest rate offered by wireless systems is 48k. The only place you'd actually get frequency content in excess of @ 24 kHz is a hard wired mic.
  11. SRc leaked on Dutch site

    Anyone know if there's a "recent purchase trade in" window? I just bought some SRBs about a week before these were officially announced.
  12. Who's moved from a 788 to a 688?

    I'm still overcoming muscle memory from the CL-9. I do miss the toggle for PL/slate, and I agree about the stop/roll position. Currently I assigned slate to U3, and marked it with green gaff tape.
  13. Alexa Mini TC sync

    Currently on a feature with a mini. Production requested a scratch, so I asked the cam dept to add the cable to the order, which they did. Using Mozegear TIG on cam every day, and things are working just fine.
  14. Who's moved from a 788 to a 688?

    Same here. I'm on week 2 of a feature and am loving the setup. More tracks, less power draw, happy all around. There are some nitpicks which I'll cover in more detail after we wrap.
  15. Audio bracketing

    I would add that that same dynamic range exceeds the capabilities of most D-to-A converters and human hearing, as well. Even 20 bits is @ 120dB of range, which is enormous.