S Harber

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About S Harber

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    People's Republic of Silverlake
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    I record and mix actors talking in front of cameras.
  1. Use your old stuff and get new stuff.
  2. So where are things regarding re-celling IDX NP batts these days? I have 5 or so that are dead and it just seems lame to be throwing them out. In the proper way and all but basically into a version of the trash. Scott Harber
  3. Once the gear's there I try to cycle or scooter to work. I always feel so much better when I can ride the bike to work.
  4. Subaru Forester or a bicycle.
  5. I also find wardrobe and mic rigs to be more important than just about anything in terms of quality of what you hear. Obviously if it doesn't get to the receiver or distorts beforehand all bets are off. But I'd take a well rigged G3 on a transparent piece of cotton cloth to the best of mics and transmitter under a leather coat. The dark art or putting a wire on someone well is never to be dismissed.
  6. There's probably a capacitor bouncing around, wedged into or on the floor somewhere as well. I think the capacitor threads through the holes in that plastic piece. We've had this happen a couple of times but the slates always seem to keep working well even after this happens. My brain was thinking it may have been designed as some sort of G shock indicator much like the iPhones have the moisture indicator inside them. Charlie is the expert though.
  7. So where are you all getting good carpets these days? Not the $15 Home Depot grooved plasticy ones, but the good rubberized runners etc? I haven't bought any in a good while and we've left a few behind. I'm trying to point our show to a place that carries them at a reasonable price. Thanks, Scott
  8. I'd take the file, A-drop it into Wave Agent B-Look at it to see if it's truly at 30 and if so C-Change it to 23.98 and save it. I'd change the name to reflect the new version D-Bring the file back into the 788 for PB. Make sure you do NOT change the sample rate.
  9. Well there's ideas, and then there's the business of ideas. We all have ideas and try to implement them and even sometimes think they are marketable. But.... I already have a job that I love so why would I want to go play with lawyers and the like.
  10. Either A-Loan a CF reader (cheap, you're the hero, and it should be done by the time you wrap). These work well enough so buy a few. http://www.amazon.com/Compact-supports-SanDisk-Kingston-Transcent/dp/B0030UL7IG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1440467962&sr=8-3&keywords=usb+cf+card+reader B-Sell them a CF Card (treat it like an expendable). C-Burn a DVD and figure that one out (again bill for expendable and time). D-Wring your hands about it, throw someone under the bus and act like you've never had to deal with some adversity before. I usually go with A. Once or twice gone the B route. C... it's been years now. YMMV
  11. I'd love to see the 8 channel Venue with Dante out. All doable just need to repackage what is out there more or less.
  12. I work with a 3 person crew so generally we get the off camera lines if possible on the 2nd boom. It seems puny/lazy not to and it gives post a pass at different versions of wild lines. Also seems to help the cadence of the cut for editors etc. So what if it's not up and as good as when the person is having their single shot. As long as it doesn't jeopardize the gold of what's in the picture I really don't see why someone wouldn't do it given the resources. Don't you folks like to mix? Then mix off camera in and stay engaged. A single mic up on the CU while missing the other side of the conversation is just...... boring.
  13. This topic made me look into when I first used metadata to generate electronic sound reports and for me it was Sept of 2005. I was using the Cantar which was definitely ahead of it's time in that regard and the folks at Aaton seemed to grasp this. They made use of bluetooth for input and the metadata in the audio files to make sound reports. At the time I had a Palm pilot kind of rig and at the end of the day printed it out. That early but kludgy version used to take about 4 minutes for me. Many versions and mutations have happened since then but post has always been appreciative of an organized, together report that's easily distributed and has more data than I could ever have put in a paper report. These days I use Pixnet via my laptop or a small wireless keyboard to input characters to the metadata. Wave Agent reads the metadata and generates a report that goes on the CF card that I am reading the files from. I output to a printed version (Canon ip90) happens in less than a minute after we wrap. Easy, fast, looks great, uses the info that are from the audio files, and goes wherever I want it to quickly. I put up all our sound reports on a folder in dropbox so post can go there before they bother me during my off hours as we tend to be on very different schedules. While I want to see the value of Movie Slate it seems there's a big gap in that the data one inputs never gets embedded into the metadata of the actual file. I'll buy in when that happens. Yes it looks great but double entering info twice to make a pretty report seems goofy and I do think it's more important to have the metadata used than to have a report file appendage that gets lost in the file shuffle of life. Say if one were to have a report that didn't accurately reflect the what was recorded, i.e. track not armed but shown on a sound report. This would only make things more murky as far as I can see when trying to deduce what is there and what isn't. Another aspect of the electronic sound reports is how many of us can pull up sound reports from 10 years ago in under a minute? It can be a good thing to be able to do at times. Scott Harber
  14. Wilcox is the only place I know if that can repair them at the mic head if that's where the issue is. Otherwise, if it's simply at the connector you can easily do it or I'd suppose anywhere that can solder could pull it off. Screen-wise I have no experience other than telling production "we need new mic here". Scott
  15. We installed a 4KW array on our house in Silverlake in 2009. At that time the DWP had a rebate program where we ended up getting a bit more than half of the total expense back but you had to go through DWP approved contractors. It was more expensive but that was the hoop to jump through to get the rebates. We chose Buel from that list and dealt with Ulrich Buel who is in Echo Park and runs/ran the business out of Topanga. It went well and a few years in now I have no complaints on any level. http://buelsolar.com I'm sure the playing field has changed but we were in the midst of a home remodel and the solar aspect was by far the easiest part of that endeavour. Scott Harber