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matthiasp

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    I work mainly on set as a boom operator, sometimes as sound mixer.
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  1. Not for any prolonged time, but yes, I occasionally rest the boom on my head. Most of the time it is because I need to change the spacing of my hands. I don’t find this comfortable at all though.
  2. No, Genlock is a video only thing. You plug Timecode into your recorder, and Timecode (always) and Genlock (if possible/needed) into the camera(s). Genlock and Timecode Sync means that the moment the Timecode switches is the exact moment the camera starts exposure of the corresponding frame. Also, it means that the camera is continually getting sync, preventing drift during long takes (like event recording).
  3. The walk test is quite impressive, but this is at maximum power and takes the runtime down to less than 3 hours. How will it perform on lower power? Also, if remote powering off and on between takes (or, at least, between setups) will be a thing, will we have to power each transmitter separately or will there be a group power on setting? There is simply not *the* one perfect transmitter, it will still take some years until we see a transmitter in this size class with 40-50mW power, remote control, recording and a battery for the whole day. But if the A20 gets a decent range in real-world conditions at 20mW and the powering on/off is practical, I guess it may last long enough. I really like the form factor, might be even easier to conceal than a Lectro SSM. But how sturdy is the plastic? There is a reason many devices still use metal housings.
  4. Thanks for the suggestions. I will for now stick with the Multi SMA as this is the tidiest solution and I don’t want to clutter lots of separate splits on the bottom of the recorder bag. My favorite solution would be the PSC Multi SMA with the option to bypass the amplifier, but that doesn’t exist at the moment. I will look into antennas with bypass mode though like the Lectro ALP 690
  5. I am trying to optimize my RF system. Currently I use two Betso Sharkies into a PSC Multi SMA 8-way splitter. The Sharkies as well as the active splitter introduce amplifiers (and thus, noise) into the signal chain. I think it would be better to use only one amplifier as early in the chain as possible, so basically the Sharkies, followed by a passive splitter. Does a passive splitter with antenna bias even exist or would I have to trade the second amplifier for more cable connections (which is cumbersome, another possible error source and way larger than the PSC)?
  6. Hi there. I am considering upgrading my indoor boom mike (CMC641) to the smaller CMC1 and cannot decide whether to go with the Lemo (CCM) type or the XLR one. Has anyone compared those two against each other? Especially combined with the fitting Cinela suspensions (Osix CMC1 Soft / Minix CCM respectively)? The Lemo version seems to be a little smaller and lighter, but there is no angled version of the Lemo connector, so the difference would not exactly be huge. How much of a difference does the two-ring Cinela suspension make vs the one-ring version for the CCM? I do not plan to use the Cut-60 filter either way.
  7. Yes, it is shooting slo-mo, as the cameras have a project (base) frame rate different from the actual recording frame rate. As already mentioned, most cameras can only jam sync in their set project frame rate, otherwise they work in record run and cannot be synced. For this example, it might be beneficial to set the project frame rate (and the Timecode boxes and the audio recorder) to 29.97 and slow it down in post to 23.97 For cross-jamming, the Timecode Box makes no difference. Timecode is always unidirectional, so only the receiver has to be capable of cross-jamming. The Timecode Box just outputs a timecode signal in the selected frame rate.
  8. You are correct. I only read the paragraph about Digital Inputs, there it says: I did not check the paragraph about Sync Reference, and assumed there are no SRCs (hence the hint at degraded audio quality). Thank you for pointing out my error.
  9. I have an SD 788T. The manual explicitly states that a sync connection is needed for AES inputs (either word clock or syncing the recorder from the digital source).
  10. Hi. I am wondering about the use of digital out with the 822, as the unit has no word clock sync input (unlike the AESOUT plates for SR series). How would I use two or more 822 with a single recorder? I can set the sync reference of the recorder to AES In 1-2, but then the second input might be out of sync.
  11. I really don’t get the hate SD is receiving for offering noise reduction as a paid upgrade. A Cedar DNS costs between 2k and 3k$, how could they offer it for free? Would it be better to include it with every sold machine and pricing it not at 10k but 13k? So everyone pays for it instead of only those who actually need it? Noise reduction on set has its value, be it to reduce time in post or just verifying that an annoying noise will be easy to fix. Whoever does not need this functionality can still work without the plugin and still receive firmware updates etc.
  12. After watching the frame.io video, I guess Post will usually if not all of the time just look into the AV sync folder and only watch/listen to takes that have both video and audio. Like auto-creating dailies, but they cannot listen to anything while your machine is stopped.
  13. Thank you very much, that did indeed solve the problem.
  14. What do you want to know? The current product lineup including full manuals are available on their web site. Though you will not find any manual stating which specific product is better than another brand specific product. Generally, Lectrosonics are set in the professional range, and about equivalent to other systems at this price point. All those systems perform better sounding, more reliable, more flexible or any combination of those than cheaper systems. I don’t think you will be too happy buying the cheapest Transmitter that has Lectrosonics printed on it. Especially their older systems have a very small tuning range, which can and will lead to problems with the crowded RF environments today. So if you want to get into older systems, consider the frequency range and check which blocks are usable in your area.
  15. I planned on using an Ambient UMP-2 with a Lectro SMWB for boom. The setup basically works, but there is a whistling noise when using the SMWB. I guess it is neither the cable nor the power supply as I tested both with an older SMa, and there is no hiss. The noise is present on all 3 of my SMWBs. Did someone here encounter this or knows a workaround?
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