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Tom Craca

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  • Birthday 11/01/1970

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    Mixing since 1994

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  1. Tom Craca

    Rain protection sound bag

    Sadly, you really need a few of these. The older Petrol "rain bib" and now one produced by Sactler and KTek. PROS: I found was good in very light mist or rather useful in dusty or sandy conditions. It's rather small to throwin a fanny pack or pocket to quickly deploy to just protect the mixer bag. CONS: You, however, are on your own. I had / have the older Petrol ones and the older clear vinyl plastic became brittle over time from being rolled up for months without use. The poncho, several makers now, is great if you are working in a situation where its a quick transition from outside (wet) to inside (dry). I do football coverage and usually at the end of games I have to suit up to go out on the field for about 15-20 minutes at the end of the game in cold / wet weather. Then quickly go inside to a hot, humid locker room for a duration. PROS: The poncho is great because you can don the whole thing, also slide your boom underneath until deployment, and when you transition to inside, take the whole thing off. CONS: Because your body is also underneath the same "bag" the humidity is fairly quick to fog up the vinyl window. It also gets toasty in hot weather, but it's open design (and the newer ones have venting) helps a little. Also, if you wish to drop your mixer bag and walk away, it will remain unprotected. The Audio Bag rain bags (VersaFlex, MTO ShooterSlicker) completely seals in your audio bag separate from yourself. I do some hurricane / snow storm / live broadcast outdoor coverage and prefer this for those situations. PROS: These completely enclose the mixer bag (top, sides / bottom) with sleeves to insert your arms and ports for cable exits. The audio bag clips inside, and you then harness up to the rain bag. This makes is easy to set down and walk away with everything remaining protected, keeps it dry if you set it on the ground, or makes for quick transitioning from say a cart or table platform to straping on, or for changing your own layers without exposing the mixer bag to the elements. The newer materials for the vinyl windows are much improved for fogging and durability. Some of the bags have venting and pockets you can also use for hot packets in the cold. CONS: Access isn't as easy as the other two options. You have to snake your hands in through the sleeves on some, and under large flaps on others. They take some configuring to get placement correct for viewing of meters, etc. and does take longer to insert or remover components. But once you're all set it's good. I personally use an older rain bib from Petrol, a Petrol Poncho, and a MTO Audio Slicker with some custom mods from Susan Ottalini from MTO Shooter Slicker (pic attached). Get one of each from any maker and you're set for whatever situation you encounter. Oh, and some FilmTools Bag-It's to just go over the whole cart / rig / trolley in a downpour. Cheers. Nick Huston from Gotham Sound NY did a great video on some options. Check that out here:
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    SRC-A1 firmware update is available for download

    I just updated my 4 units with the SRSUB and went flawless. Just remember if you are MAC, open the USB updater before Wireless Designer and it's seamless.
  3. There should also be s sticker inside the battery compartment.
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    NFL sideline mic

    Sanken CS3e And a 17’ Pole. Stay behind the dashed yellow lines.
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    664 panic

    Try playing in the 664 again. There was a iTunes / ma update issue a few years ago with wav files.
  6. Tom Craca

    Zaxcom Maxx AES out & Sony F5 not working

    I've never had a problem sending AES out of a Sound Devices 633/688 into F5 or 55's. When that camera first came out the AES wasn't enabled in the earlier firmware. Perhaps camera isn't fully updated to current?
  7. Tom Craca

    Red Weapon 8K Audio Issue

    I had an issue come up today with a Weapon with the latest firmware update which allows internal recording simultaneously of Raw and some other hi-res codec (can't remember). two tracks sent to cam (yes... as reference/scratch), were recoded to the Raw files, but no audio recorded to the other codec. Audio was displaying on cam entire time, no menu settings to enable / disable audio record individually for each format, time code input accurate on both files. Firmware issue likely but be aware.
  8. Tom Craca

    Red Weapon 8K Audio Issue

    Make sure you turn phantom power off in the camera audio menu as that does induce noise on the mic inputs.
  9. Tom Craca

    Farewell innovation?

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    Farewell innovation?

    I sure hope no one puts a microphone into a MixPre 3, clips that on their belt, records, and then god forbid plugs a wireless transmitter into that to send the signal elsewhere.
  11. Tom Craca

    sound devices 633 inputs 4-6

    Your trim settings on 4-6 with line level Lectrosonics should be around 10 to get you fader at 12 o'clock with good SN. PFL input, use select knob to adjust trim.
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    New Betso Wireless Timecode

    The Betso SBOX-1's will cross jam. I don't know about the new one. Tentacles will not cross jam but Sound Devices Recorders do so there's a workaround if you need to. Who are you Rifthead???? And check with Nick at Gotham NYC, they're price point is below $500 if I recall.
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    Simple. Don't work without your gear. Period. Avoid the risk of equipment failure or lack of that YOUR reputation will suffer from. Avoid working harder or not optimal as you would with your custom built package and ergonomics, etc. One job isn't worth your reputation, which is all this industry judges you on.
  14. Tom Craca

    688 keyboard fail

    Same problem with the 688 and 633 both with latest firmware. Happening pretty much every day, several times. Sometimes I think it happens when I may be messing around with outputs, other times with no interaction at all. The only way I can reset it is to power off the unit, and cancel the quickboot by holding down the menu button for 5 secs. Something causes it to lose power to the USB or fail to recognize and I'm pretty sure it's a ground related thing. I've tried different cables and USB adapters, no difference. You would think this would also cause CL-12 issues but none that I've heard. This is the keyboard I'm using: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/638638-REG/Adesso_AKB_110B_EasyTouch_Mini_Keyboard_Black.html And, no, I haven't yet tried a different keyboard.
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    Small USB Keyboard

    I'm running the latest firmware in both the 633 and 688.