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  1. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    which brings up an interesting question: who had the need to get their TC boxes tuned in the last few years? I know I haven't, but my Tentacles are still pretty fresh (I imagine the battery dies before any tuning becomes necessary though) I can see that a wireless synch has it's advantages, I'm just not convinced it would make a difference in my life (was considering buying the TCS bundle twice) . And there's one aspect that has not been brought up so far: What about RF interference? If every gadget on set starts to have wireless cababilities, then eventually getting clean radio mics up will become harder and harder. chris
  2. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    I doubt that Philip isn't aware of that ;-) His point was more "why would you even need it" (just hand out your synch boxes jamed and fully charged in the beginning of the day and there's very little that can go wrong). But what strikes me as odd is how you praise the USO like it was the only ultimate synch box, one has to wonder how people ever managed to make films without it ;-). sure it's a nice little unit with some extra features and advantages, but so are all the other little boxes (like for my use, I prefer having a built-in camera mic for a scratch track over Genlock and wireless synch for example). chris
  3. TentacleSync E review

    ok, was too optimistic then :/ well, apple makes some fantastic products and some that sucks, but in this case the same 6 year old hardware running windows/linux likely wouldn't work either since it's a davinci requirement.
  4. TentacleSync E review

    as rado said, the latest version works with integrated intel graphics, even pretty old ones. just don't expect to do lots of color correction with 4K footage ;-)
  5. no possibly. if it's for no-budget type of shoots where you do people a favour just to be there, give it a try. if you're getting paid, why not stick to the things that will cause the least trouble? ( a backup CF card surely can't be that inconvenient) just my 2 cents chris
  6. “Upgrading” Wires

    that made me think, did anybody ever tell an actor which lavs (or other mics) make them sound best? after all this would be very valuable info for them - I mean I'd say their voice is probably one of the most valuable assets to them. they know they know their shoe size etc to tell wardrobe, what if they could tell the sound department which mics tend to sound best for their voice. chris
  7. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    I'm not sure why there is such a heated discussion, at this point I'm happy to use any of the new small TC devices (Ambient, Tentacle, Bentso, UltraSync, Mozegear...), they all do their job, and 99% of the time the extras are just for my own entertainment. Not sure I'd want to use a barrel adapter though, adding two more possible points of failure (ie electrical contacts) just doesn't sound like something I'd want for TC.
  8. Why won't my 633 jam TC to Alexa Mini

    hard to say without knowing what exactly you already tried, but standard trouble shooting would be: - double and tripple check frame rates (as other have mentioned, on the alexa that's two pages to check) - make sure you try all the different methods regarding regen, preset and jam sync. - swap out cables to one that is known to work - use yet another TC generator to test jamming - try jamming a different mini with the same gear and method (ie at a rental house) if all of that fails it might be that there is a problem with the mini, but nearly all of the problems come down to wrong settings or bad cables.
  9. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    Isn't it always? ;-) I feel that a lot of the confusion comes from people working in very different enviroments with different priorities. like: the guy working on low budget cooperate shoots with sit down interviews might wonder "what's the problem with the connector, it will work fine if handled carefully" while the other working on a blockbuster feature with five cameras that need to be kept in sync in the freezing cold with gloves on probably thinks "what's the point in saving 0.00000001% in rental costs if it could result in trouble during an important moment" chris
  10. TentacleSync E review

    yeah, like Constatin said, Davinci does Audio TC and runs on Windows, is a powerful industry workhorse for dailies and finishing (and more and more often for small editing jobs) and is free!. AVID also supports it and is still the defacto standard for big production but less and less important on smaller jobs. For most other editing apps you could either use an XML/AAF export from Resolve or use a separate audio LTC tool like videotoolshed christoph
  11. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    well, considering that you might need up to five different versions and a backup for each of them it could be quite a hassle (and expensive). but I think it depends on the type of use, for a owner operator these could be lovely units (known setup, careful handling) while on harsh productions they might be not ideal (non standard connectors and possibly fragile) chris
  12. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    might be worth noting that davinci resolve has support for audio LTC, so you can sync with that and export as XML/AAF to pretty much any other editor of choice. chris
  13. 633 loose object inside machine

    or maybe call sound devices first?
  14. Boom and Live Vocals. Good lesson from 1955.

    My personal favourite is "Jazz at Massey Hall" where legend has it that it was recorded on Mingus personal tape recorder he happened to have with him. Not sure if that's true - in any case, the sound quality is pretty bare but the recording captured the full enery despite (or because of?) this. chris
  15. Sound Devices Approved Media for 633 - SanDisk question

    Even though I have no background info, I think it's safe to say that if you use approved media (best the SD labeled ones) and format the cards in their recorder then you're good - I'm pretty sure they tested that ; ) (Never had a problem with my 633 and I've formatted the cards in the recorder many many times) chris