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    ENG mixer 20 yrs in NC and FL. Mainly network news, documentaries and (sur)reality tv. I also shot and edited own documentary and have been a news producer.

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    Lectro SMV battery drain

    Thanks, Larry. Just ordered the paste. I think I'm going to make money off of my fellow sound techs in the area. Meet me out back. $20 for a hit of paste, baby.
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    Lectro SMV battery drain

    Thanks, Canada. I'm going to be in Nashville next week so I'll get some from Trew. It's called silver paste in the manual, but if you call Lectro, just say you need the wireless magic sauce.
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    Lectro SMV battery drain

    I am running two Lectro SMV's at 100mW and they are draining batteries. I'm getting an hour or less out of a single AA lithium battery. This is getting expensive and getting worse. The units are probably 5/6 years old and that paste on the threads has long gone. Any ideas as to what is happening? I worked with someone else's gear recently and they were having the same issue. I'm also getting audio (not frequency) dropouts on the SRb receiver. Is it related? Thoughts? Solutions?
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    David Letterman new show

    Pretty cool group of people, this. Thanks everyone who joined in. We should do this more often
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    David Letterman new show

    That sound tech is my hero
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    David Letterman new show

    Thanks for the still photo. Behind the beard!!!??? God that seems like Scatch City if they look down like in this photo
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    David Letterman new show

    I just watched David Letterman's new show on Netflix. There was a scene of him walking with Congressman John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL. It's windy, there's an f-ing drone nearby and Letterman has a 10 inch confederate beard, and a pull over tshirt and jacket. I imagine he has a hairy chest to boot. The sidewalk is narrow, and I think boom op prohibitive, so it had to be a hidden wireless mic. It was perfect sound. How the hell did the sound tech pull that off?
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    troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    Gee. And to think I've made it 25 years as a soundman without a lecture on how to learn to use new gear. Maybe I'll get to know my gear more by sleeping with it. You know, like you would a person.
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    troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    There you go. One vote for clarity and one vote for less. I have a preference for less experimenting while a client is waiting on me.
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    troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    I went back and checked and yes, it is in the manual on page 10, but it wasn't clear enough to me when I read it the first time. It says "The time code frame-rate that will be recorded and transmitted over Zaxnet is set from this menu." I read that as it being optional, like my car's automatic stick shift that has a manual option. If it had said, "The frame rate must be set from this menu," I would have gotten it. Maybe it just me, but it's a distinction that is helpful.
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    troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    Just got off the phone with Zaxcom and you are correct that you have to set it manually. You would think Zaxcom would put this in the manual.
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    troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    Hmmmm. My CL is hardwired to my Maxx with a BNC cable. I think the manual says the frame rate should change automatically with the time code. I'm going to call Zaxcom and will let this forum know.
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    troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    Lancashire: it's set at 1.5volts. Now that I'm home and of clearer mind, I don't think it was a camera problem. When I change the time code on the Maxx, it changes on the Camera Link. When I change the frame rate, it doesn't change on the CL. So either the Maxx isn't sending the Frame rate or the CL isn't reading it. I've tried two different BNC cables for TC input on the CL and same thing. Next week I'll be able to test the CL with another source to determine if it's that or the Maxx. I think the rx200 is just "repeating" what the CL is sending it. Any other thoughts or suggestions? Thanks everyone for thinking about my problem
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    troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    Yes, I've heard it too. But the fact that it worked when I use a hard line BNC made me suspect he was telling the truth. Phillip, I did turn everything off and on. I'm hoping someone can tell me what happened before I meet another camera. I can't try anything until I have something to wirelessly jam to.
  15. Yesterday I had problems getting TC into a Cannon 300. I feed analog audio and timecode from a Maxx to a 900 Camera Link, and then to the rx200. I changed the frame rate on the Maxx to 29.97DF but it didn't change automatically on the CL or Rx, so I went into the menus of each and changed it manually. The camera was in free run, TC IN, and set to 29.97. The camera op said, "It worked fine yesterday," when he worked in another city. Because everyone was "waiting on sound" I jammed with a BNC cable from the Maxx to the camera and TC jammed. I couldn't find anything in the manual about this. My setup worked before when I was doing 23.98 on a Sony camera. Any ideas of what I did wrong yesterday? Do you have to manually change TC on the CL and rx200 or will it read what is transmitted?
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