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Matthew Marzano

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  1. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    So after some testing, I can now reliably trigger record the Mix Pre-6 from both a Canon 1DC & a Canon C500. Sadly, it is not a direct connection. I will share specifics of the setup when I have time to go into greater detail. I know I mentioned the Gratical before, it doesn't work for this purpose. Wishing for several years that a manufacturer (SD/VD Hello) would make a 1080 EVF with built in proxy recorder, HDMI & SDI ins and outs, with cross conversion and full timecode capabilities (more important feature than proxy recording) via those outputs and inputs. Is that too much to ask?!? I know it's possible. The tech has been available for some time, just in different products from various manufacturers...and now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
  2. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Just picked up a Mix Pre 6 for my "toy" camera, a Canon 1DC. Love small footprint filmmaking, especially if you haul the gear on your back. Mix Pre-6 really solves the audio/timecode conundrum for DSLR's. Though SD doesn't specify the 1DC as being compatible with the Mix Pre 6, I can report that the timecode is read via HDMI but the record triggers don't work accurately (expected outcome). My 3 design complaints are: 1. The HDMI input and stereo output aren't on the same side of the Mix Pre 6. On the majority of cameras this will be used with, the two compatible ports will be right next to each other. Had they been next to each other on the MP6 it would've made for clean cabling. 2. Speaking of cabling, wish the 1/8" inputs and outputs had threaded connectors similar to the mix pre-d. 3. For mounting options, I wish it had a 3/8" screw option. I know there's adapters and I might customize something. But this is targeted (amongst others) at a higher end DSLR shooter. A large portion of those camera people have cages and can mount gear to them. Those cages have 1/4-20 & 3/8" holes. The best, I've found, is the Arri 3/8" with registration pins. Ideally the camera is as close to the tripod as possible and I find it better to mount the audio input to the cage rather than underneath the camera. Though I do find your current 1/4-20 to snugly hold to the cage. At times the Mix Pre D would move a bit under similar circumstances. The other issue I see encountering (and I know this is specific to my style and not really a mix pre 6 issue) is that if you shoot handheld, you need a device like the Zacuto gratical to balance the camera rig and view your image. If those devices do not pass HDMI timecode through, then you've lost your timecode connection (at least via HDMI, which would be most accurate for camera timecode.) That's it for now. A great thank you for this device. I own a 688 and a Mix Pre D, and neither are perfect for how I want to work. This one really slots into a sweet spot of weight vs. capability.
  3. Pelican transport case

    Ah, in the spirit of JW and The Senator, "it depends". (Damn, that's fun for forum folk.) What do you mean by "a lot more gear"? I like the Pelican Air 1615 which is similar to the Pelican 1650. That being said I've been scanning the DIY Pelican carts on this site to come up with a more advanced solution.
  4. Lectro PDR, not Lectro PMR

    Thank you Steve. I think these would be great for one man band doc/event work...amongst other things, of course. I'd love to deploy a handful of these on a project.
  5. Lectro PDR, not Lectro PMR

    Any updates from early adopters? Of course I'm curious about the sound quality but I imagine it's great being lectro. What I'm really wondering about is after a battery swap does the timecode need to be rejammed?
  6. Buy a new wireless

    Appreciate everyone's opinion in the thread. I know this has gone into a Zaxcom vs. Lectro discussion mostly and I currently use Lectro myself but if I was buying new I'd take a long look at the Audio Ltd. 1010 system, especially if you use Sound Devices 688. I definitely read Mr. Ford's review, but curious if anyone has experience with them, or any thoughts you'd like to share?
  7. Equipment suggestions for Africa Shoot

    I did sound on a documentary in Ethiopia several years ago. I'll point out a couple obvious things: 1. Make sure you have the correct power adapters. 2. Have spare cables for all your critical cables. 3. Have a backup mixer and/or recorder. Something that can work in a pinch. Worse case scenario but I'd find a workflow to get at least a boomed shotgun mic into camera if everything else fails. 4. Agreed on 416, but if budget doesn't allow another copy for backup, you could grab a sennheiser me66 or a rode ntg. Travel safe.
  8. Mounting a Zaxcom RX on an Arri Amira

    I've been talking to Mike at BEC too and have sent him some Arri arms and a cheeseplate so he can create some Arri 3/8" mounting options. For anyone interested in BEC, Mike is open to customizing options to fit your needs. I'm getting several items from BEC but one I'm getting is a BEC camera bottom plate #1 and replacing the 1/4-20 with Arri 3/8 including the registration pins, then you can mount any standard BEC cases to it. I believe the Arri patent on their 3/8 interface has expired and companies like Wooden Camera are starting to create camera accessories with the Arri 3/8 pattern, which i think will become much more common within the industry on all camera kits (not just Arri). As someone who does sound and/or camera work, the registration pins are a must have because a 1/4-20 will usually rotate a bit and annoy the $#]+ out of me and velcro is even worse. When I dial in my setup I'll share with JW.
  9. Unfortunately I have a timelapse shoot booked for this Friday. Wish I could've helped out. Very curious about results.
  10. Depending on the date & location, I could shoot & do post for the project if my company name can be credited. I'd bring a 416 if it wasn't covered already.
  11. Sound Devices 688 + SL-6

    I want. Mix assist and output delays clinch it for me. Think I need to sell a mint 664/cl6 package.
  12. Canon EOS 1DC and timecode?

    Deleted post to finish my research. Will post when finished.
  13. Canon EOS 1DC and timecode?

    Deleted my post. Doing research now. Will post findings shortly.
  14. Sony UWP-D Wireless Microphone Series:

    Bumping in hope of further input. Especially when used as a wireless hop. Seems like a good option for that task. The USB power being the foremost feature for me along with the adjustable antenna, and mounting options beyond velcro (though with a nice flat surface if you have too. Seems like most the recent power distribution boxes have the 5V output and that'd be perfect for this system.
  15. Asset tags for gear

    First post. Wanted to share my amateur up to date research. Hoping I can inspire some senator sarcasm...or maybe I'm not worthy yet. Fingers crossed. The goal is to track gear and not lose anything. I want to use an iPhone for scanning and ultimately end up in Quickbooks for billing. So I'm going with maverick labels, the links above are outdated so here's a new one: http://www.mavericklabel.com/products/asset-tags.html Then seeking an iPhone app and in my research find this to be the best option, if only because they keep supporting the program and they have a bunch of simple tutorials on YouTube: http://inventoryscanner.de/ After scanning I'll export a file (csv) to excel (to do this requires a subscription, but only costs $15.99 per year) and then export from excel into Quickbooks. Hope this helps some people out. Great forum to read and learn from.