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Everything posted by Constantin

  1. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    I knew you'd ask this, and to be honest, I am not 100% sure. You can certainly change the fps on the fly, even though the Tentacle will warn you to not do this. I did a quick test with my 633 (which can show differences between its internal and an external TC). So after a change from 24 to 25 fps - while the 633 stayed at 24 - the difference display alternates between 0 and 1 fps difference. So I'd say it's still pretty sync. Then I changed the rate on the 633 the and the difference meter showed the same difference as before. So it works, but is not the recommended procedure.
  2. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    Just once. I just walked up to the camera and took my tc box off and re-jammed. After all they had to change the fps as well. Even if the camera had been up in the air somewhere, they would have brought it down for this. My main goal in life isn’t to not bother camera crew ever. It’s not a problem, we‘re all colleagues. I‘ll point out that while Tentecles don’t sync over wireless, they can be controlled by a (free) bluetooth app, and that includes framerate changes. Without extra hardware needed.
  3. Headphone

    And that is probably best. Still, the EQ would be in your headphone chain, so even if it did break down, it wouldn’t be much of an issue. You could just go on without it. But you could also consider building your own passive low pass filter, as that’s really what you need, isn’t it? It’s not that difficult and you don’t need to sacrifice dc for it.
  4. Headphone

    Get a small mobile EQ
  5. Sennheiser G4

    Interesting, good find, Vas! They also mention „True Diversity“ which might be a step up from previous „Adaptive Diversity“. Although I haven’t yet seen a receiver with two antennas
  6. Np-50 Bulk Charger

    Lectro SSMs and Zax ZMT range
  7. Np-50 Bulk Charger

    Hey Joppe, that definitely looks interesting. How much did you think of asking for the 12-bay version? you may or may not know this, but Lectrosonics build their own 12-bay charger, but it’s really expensive. The problem I have with some unbranded cheapo charger, is that they don’t always realize when a battery has been inserted. Does yours have that problem, too? Some of my NP-50 chargers also have USB outputs, and can take care of my USB charging needs. Could you theoretically add 2-3 USB outlets? Also, a lid would be pretty nice. Ideally a lid per charge bay that stays well in place (like the Lectro Octopack slot covers) The name is boring. Also remember that Lectro sell their own branded batteries, LB50. But I can‘t provide an alternative...
  8. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    Unfortunately it only shows connection of the cable on the Tentacle itself. I asked about the other end, but they‘d need to send a small current down the cable and somehow receive a return, I suppose. Maybe later. Nonetheless, this takes care of the lack of a screw on plug, something many users, including myself, had been worried about initially. Well, that and the bracket they have now for the plug.
  9. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    No, I didn't envision a scenario, I was following your example where the TC box might end up unsynced on a crane. The only thing I could come up with was that perhaps you had left the thing on the camera the night before or whatever, but still switched it off (or maybe camera crew did). Then next day it'd be already up on the crane and you could then wake it up with the wave. That was my question anyway. That would not have been an issue with forgetting something. You know, there is this TC box (I forgot which one), which can be powered by the camera and it will switch on and off with the camera. If you can sync that one wirelessly, you wouldn't ever need to touch it again. I couldn't even begin to imagine (still can't) how you can switch the box on, but then forget to jam it to your recorder. Reminds me of the goldfish in its bowl that swims around once, and has already forgotten that it had already been there. It's not a bad thing. Don't think anyone said it was. Not for me. I have the TC cable on the side of my bag and it won't stretch all the way to the camera from there. So when I am bagging, I am syncing straight away. Same as when I am on the cart, though. You know, the new Tentacle E can show you on your phone app whether or not a cable is attached. So neither of us should retire.
  10. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    Well, maybe. This isn’t about forgetting, though. But you were saying that the wireless sync option might be helpful in a crane scenario. So what you were saying, then, was that you put a TC box on the camera and switched it on, but didn’t jam it? And now you feel lucky, because now you can do exactly that again, but this time it won’t be a problem as you can sync wirelessly? Now, who should consider retirement?
  11. Absolute UTC-based Timecode?

    Sure, that could be nice. Now you just need to convince every single manufacturer to install one of these systems in their devices. That includes camera, sound, studio, and others. Ideally it should include manufacturers from both high-end and low-end devices, as to me this would mostly make sense if I then wouldn’t need a TC device anymore. Couple of caveats could be: indoors sync would be lost. The clock would continue to run of course, but at what precision? Varying probably. Also the TC quartz would need to be temperature controlled. Both of these (GNSS and TCXO) need space. An increasingly rare commodity. A minor thing: when shooting nights I like to offset TC by 12 hours so as not to cross midnight and have the ToD effectively jump back 12 hours, potentially causing problems for post. Or some directors or ADs ask for the TC to start at 0:00 so that they can keep track of the shooting time. That wouldn’t be possible with self-syncing systems - unless you program a software utility into the firmware that would allow for such user settings which could be derived from the main clock. Surely possible, but it adds...
  12. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    How would you switch the unit on? Can you do that via the wave thing? That would be really cool! Having said that, I actually like the manual jam each morning as that is sometimes my only interaction with the camera crew and a bit of jovial banter can go long way. Of course, I could still talk to them, but this is an easy start
  13. Paypal payment options

    That goes for wherever you pay with PayPal
  14. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    Yes, that’s a nice list. And as was said all three phone controllable devices have an ios and Android app. To be fair though, to make full use of the features listed for TCS you’re not in the $300 range anymore. You’re way beyond that.
  15. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    That would depend on the size of your box. But in most cases the straight cable will add a few inches to the length, whereas with a right-angle one it’s only maybe half an inch. Width? Hardly. I have never seen such a large right-angle adapter for such a box. Fair enough. I‘m not intending to state absolutely which one is best, only stating which one I like best, and trying to find out more about the others. I still maintain that genlock is needed so rarely, it shouldn’t be the one deciding factor. Nonetheless, it can certainly be a part of a list.
  16. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    Definitely don’t need wordclock for this. Unless, as I said earlier, they roll for a really really long time. Even then I‘ll doubt it makes much of a difference. Sure, wc won’t hurt, but not essential here I have only handled a USO once briefly, but it felt like and was told it doesn’t hold adhesives well. So I was curious how you did it. Velcro as such doesn’t tell me much. Is it a special kind? When I mentioned this earlier in this thread, the reply seemed to confirm my worry and the solution sounded more drastic than Velcro, but maybe I over-interpreted that reply. No, I mean the case. I could squeeze it. And in fact I could press buttons just by squeezing on the back. Tough maybe, but not firm. Anyway, if you haven’t experienced any problems with this... Yes, but from the adapter cable you need another cable going off to the camera - unless it’s BNC. You’re not so much adding to the case, but to the clutter in the camera. This is not an argument for or against the USO, but rather for using dedicated cables.
  17. Studiomaster digiLivE 16 - 12volt DC input mixer

    I think you’re exaggerating just a tad. Overall this has been a fair and balanced discussion and not at all a hate-fest
  18. Wave Agent equivalent for Quicktime files

    Not sure if you find something like this there, https://www.videotoolshed.com/ but contact Bouke over there, he might well be able to help you
  19. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    But how many times in your career did you need wordclock on your recorders? And if you do, a short cable from one recorder to the other will do just fine (I actually did work on a movie that required two 788‘s, I C-Linked them. Never occurred to me for a second to use an external sync box for this). Yes, I could buy a box that provides a feature that I will very rarely (if ever) need, but I will also get „features“ I dislike, so I‘d rather not. Should I ever really need genlock I still have my original lockits
  20. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    QBit: $249 USO: $299 that‘s not 50% more, it’s about 16% LESS. Tentacle is $289 (added just to round out picture) There are a few things things I am curious about: 1) how do you mount the UCO? I asked this before in this thread, but I‘m curious if there are other options 2) how well can you read the read the display outside and in bright (sun-) light? 3) the case feels very soft - wobbly. Does that concern you?
  21. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    Then it‘s not working well and for more than $900 you SHOULD be nitpicking. So I buy this really tiny TC box and then increase the size again by all these dangling adaptor cables? No, I would prefer the proper cables, which are quite pricey, but admittedly they would be for most other TC boxes as well, but here they do seem a bit more expensive. Also, TCS seem to sell them with a straight connector only. A right-angle version would make so much more sense - to me anyway. The straight connector effectively increases the size of the box again.
  22. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    Depends on what you mean by „proper“. On a regular two camera shoot you do not need Genlock. You do need it on 3D productions and perhaps when shooting really long takes, like an hour or more. How often does that happen? Like Afewmoreyears I have not needed it in years. Only if you can tell me what you would need wordclock for. If the 633 does not have wordclock how is the TC box going to change that?
  23. Sound is no longer respected on set?

    I don’t see a big problem. Picture used to be 4:3 or widescreen, now it’s upright or widescreen. Big deal. They just need to be sure they are still compatible with their desired release format. If they want it on Facebook only and have found that their target audience reacts better to upright, why not? But if they want to release it at various different outlets, they‘ll have a problem with upright video. But this is their choice to make.
  24. North Korea microphone surplus.

    Oh yes, it does look like the AKG. Never knew that mic. Well, I did suspect I wasn’t seeing it right.