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About johnpaul215

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    Sound mixer from Philadelphia.
  1. Wow Jim, thanks for sharing that.
  2. Very cool!
  3. I'm guessing there's nothing on the market (except the Lectrosonics one) beyond a 2 bay because these things last soooo long in point & shoot cameras. That's probably also why the lower capacity knock-offs are fine for most people. I do like that Zaxcom and Lectrosonics both use the same battery, and hope a 3rd party sees an opportunity to make something targeted at our world.
  4. How are your ears? I've worked with a few musicians and studio people as boom ops and they were incredible. They have this lifetime of listening to very slight differences in sounds, and that's why some of them become very good boom ops very very quickly. They'll quickly learn what is off axis and what is the mic's sweet spot. For what you're doing, you can make it work without wireless mics. Assuming you guys shoot proper coverage, that's where the cleaner dialog comes from. That is assuming that the actors are delivering a consistent performance (have this talk with your crew). the dialogue from when the cameras (and mics) are closer can be used for the wide shot. That will also help it sound more consistent throughout the scene. When somebody is working on a budget that is apparently as low as what you guys are, I think it makes more sense to really focus on that boom instead of you losing money by bringing a whole bunch a wireless that isn't in the budget. I don't know how old you are, but most of us grew up watching television and movies where the majority of the cast did not have a wireless mic. They only used them when needed. Everything came from the boom. This "we must wire everyone, even if they don't have a scripted line" wasn't so common in the past.
  5. Nope
  6. I think this was announced pretty recently. Somewhere else I saw a post about the 702, the 722 and the 744T all being retired. The 702T and 788T-SSD continuing for now. I'd bet the 702T/702/722 has a following with people doing field recordings (besides dialog). Keeping the 702T also makes sense for people wanting a small backup recorder on the cart.
  7. If you read the post on FB, the problem is that the manufacturer doesn't have FCC approval, and apparently doesn't care to get it. I am guessing that basically SGS found a *close* amp on the market that they thought was approved, and was getting the manufacturer to tweak it slightly to their specs for what we need. Hopefully they will investigate a different manufacturer that has FCC approval. Knowing how long they've been working on this, I wouldn't expect a replacement product super quick..... unless they had a Plan B manufacturer all along.
  8. Awesome!
  9. William Sarokin posted on Facebook that he's been using them for a while and thought they sounded even better than his LA transmitters.
  10. I just put a SSD in my 2011 Mac Mini a few months ago and it's great. I got a kit from Other World Computing. I did a clean install because I have been using migration assistant or something else for years and years and years and probably had some stuff going back to the classic macOS. I also thought I may have had some stuff on the old computer that was bogging down my new one, but I think it was actually the hard drive starting to fail. You can use Time Machine to restore it, or a lot of people swear by Super Duper. I did everything manually, and had stuff fairly organized into folders. Plus between Time Machine and stuff backed up in the cloud I am pretty protected.
  11. Gotcha. It'll definitely be an upgrade from the Sony L batteries. I think the 744T is power hungry compared to a 633 or a Maxx, but things will also change if you start adding wireless receivers.
  12. What are you running now? An IDX NPL7S is 70Wh, so that's something to compare to.
  13. What would be a useful application for that? I'm sure there's something I'm not thinking about AGinzo: I think it depends on your work. Somebody doing news may often have a wired reporter wearing an IFB, so this is perfect for them. It could be part of a wireless boom setup too. Being slightly larger, and not much more money, it may be worth having one around. I'd definitely consider it when I'm buying more transmitters. It could be a normal transmitter day to day.
  14. *Most* of the stuff I have done with a drone, it's shooting scenics. Often the production, or somebody on the crew, has one that's there and they fly it if there's an opportunity. So, a different situation than a well organized helicopter Day. Sometimes it's a super wide coverage of the scene, like I was on something recently for Nat Geo where they blew up a school bus. There's an obvious advantage to an unmanned drone getting high and wide shots of that.
  15. I have one 49Wh battery. Works for my Maxx, especially if I'm not running a bunch of wireless. I initially got it to power a Camera hop receiver, but when I switched to the RX 200, I just use the internal AA batteries for that. It's also nice to carry "just in case" I need to swap out a battery. These 98Wh batteries will power my nomad rig pretty easily for half a day or more. Ahhh that's interesting. I have heard that the newer versions do not automatically spin up the fan as soon as you put a battery on them. Still, those fans are loud when they start going.