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  1. Been following graphene since its discovery in the late aughts / early tens. With the contemporary chip shortage has anyone else been following it as well? https://www.thegraphenecouncil.org/blogpost/1501180/Graphene-News-and-Updates
  2. Fun how sound drops off at 15 feet. Interesting to think how wireless frequencies would carry comparatively.
  3. Love how all the $$ makers are scheming/dreaming on how to get us back to work . The articles coming out this week are stating they want to quarantine crew in hotels 2 weeks before shooting with all amenities being offered in a hotel as if it was work.......maybe if it was 3x for every hour I'm not home. Most people do not know they have health conditions at the time that lowers their immune system to become susceptible to COVID-19. I do not want to see any colleagues even be at risk. https://variety.com/2020/biz/news/production-plan-coronavirus-1234589286/ Re-runs until a vaccine / cure is out there. I'll watch Welcome Back Kotter until my eyes bleed. Lest us not forget Cosmo Kramer's strike against the bagel store.
  4. Thinking productions will not even start until a rapid test / vaccine / cure comes about . Even if things start up early I would push for double booming until safety is guaranteed for all.
  5. Documentary / BTS rig . Input 2 for talent / 2nd boom.
  6. 100% normal . overly communicate every step of the hands . Next option is instruct the person how to do it facing away from you . Next option is wardrobe does it . Third option is female crew member assist . Not hard or takes cajones. It’s the job . Dpa 4063 I’ll use on an Indie film and not boom. . Had a Sanken cos-11d in a scarf in Times Square almost eliminate all bkg noise after post . Lavs rule , booms rule , every situation is different . Gear don’t matter , but our brains do . Positive thinking usually delivers surprising results .
  7. There is a calibration setting in the system settings. Check the PFL for the trim level? I've had the menu be at lower levels than the physical wheel after an update once. My trim is usually set to 5/8's way through to have the gain knobs be at the level I thought appropriate for my work. Made me think a similar thought once.
  8. The saying " I'm sorry, but your budget does not meet your equipment and labor expectations." Helps me tons. As a sound mixer I either get the budget to accomplish the task or sit home and know I'm not going to have a headache because someone trying to save money is disappointed and will act unprofessional. If it is a professional office that needs a professional video; there should be professional budget. Startups will pay you low then sell the company for millions and forget about you. While somehow having "Team building trips" at resorts or wasteful keeping up with the jones's activities that could grow the company more professionally. It would not hurt to ask the higher ups in a way that they might think of it as saving money/time. Also you seem to have intelligent questions. I would trust your gut, look around the space and see what you personally need to do. Every ounce of your time and thought will make it better. None of us are can visualize the exact situation you are in. But if you have a question about gear just google it and type JWSOUND after. All results will be quicker than scouring the forum back pages. Absorb and adapt it to see what gear fits you right. "- It's the archer, not the arrows-" - Senator
  9. Always sync and change batteries at lunch. Check after battery changes to make sure it wasn't a full reboot and after variable frame rates. To not, is to leave room for error and wasted time later. RTM for specific cameras TC descriptions for your own personal peace of mind.
  10. Previous experience as a sound mixer for 10 years with Arri's before getting a lockit / using them. - Jam in the AM - Check TC every battery swap because I enjoy knowing its OK ( with mixer in hand ready to jam again) - Never had an experience where it changed, only from full reboots. - Jam after lunch Talk to AC's and monitor shot list for variable frame rates. Arri's TC is rock solid. Its up to you/me/us to monitor and be the perfectionist to keep getting hired. If there is no budget for Lockits , there is room for error and that is understood and Ok. Perfection lies within the budget holder.
  11. Very cool. ive been pondering something similar but in terms of surveillance . With gravity bending light in space , light might be only able to travel so far without bending back around . Imagine a future where we can look back at earth a la google maps and see light movement of history . Colonial Britain , ancient Asia , dinosaur era all holographic in substance , but we are able to see actual events as they played out via telescope . Technically every thing that we do outside now could possibly be seen by our future ancestors.
  12. Hi All! Having an art show / video premier Saturday 5/18 night in Tokyo and Wednesday 5/22 in Kobe . Free beer for Tokyo opening night . I’m around skateboarding until the 29th if any sound folks would like to nomimasho. Thank you for your time ! Line ID: stillweii
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    Wireless GO

    If your a good archer this is not an issue . Just say no to lower end jobs and let them enjoy the prosumer mistakes, then they will come back with the budget you want . Be the pro to set the pace . Anxiety can wait.
  14. Sounds like you know what to do in case the wireless route doesn’t work . I’d check my scan on block 19 before deciding .
  15. Did they pour one out for the Phelper at Dolores?
  16. Solid knowledge. Meant skateboarding is so loud, a semi crappy camera itself sounded pretty true to what you hear as a skateboarder I guess. People enjoy picasso , some people enjoy clip art . Who am I to say? It is fun, which is the core of skateboarding. i would consider all factors high production value and true to the audio values of being in the experience for the editor to choose .
  17. Skateboarder here of 18 years The signal to noise ratio of skateboarding was perfect for the VX1000 microphones build. Very sounds how it looks. The sony vx1000 is the Nagra of skateboarding world. In the skateboard industry it is all instagram and HD video as the norm for sponsorship and media consumption starting around 2015. To put in scope about how sought after and nostalgia driven the market behind the VX1000 is, I will point you in the direction of Spirit Quest , made by Colin Read. He made the skateboard video linked below and it blew up, got him a directing job for Radiohead and tossed his ass into our film making world. This video went against everything the industry stands for in terms of media, yet won multiple best video of the year awards in skateboarding magazines...(Independent skate video of the year..... Nike and corporate sponsors pay so much to advertise they would have had a hissy fit if they lost to an independent skateboard film maker) https://spiritquest.vhx.tv/ The VX1000 mic was superior to the GL series in close up audio capturing. The Canon GL mics were trash with everything sounding like it was hot and tinny. The VX1000 mic has been chased after ever since the Panasonic DVX upgrade started happening. No prosumer camera was able to replicate the decibal range and quality of the vx1000. Even the Sony HPX onwards were not as full sounding. If this is an on the mark clone of the OG VX1000 mic that is really really cool. I've been using my gopro with my ZMT3ph and a 416 on a pistol grip while working on my @grill_skates projects and would probably use this to get my old school VX1000 sound back. Would i put this on a ZMT and care about this on a job? No.... unless someone needed to mimic a VX1000 handle and we couldn't find any. Hopefully some of you can enjoy the video we worked on! I'll be in SF skateboarding next week if anyone wants to grab a beer! Edit : $300 is a lot, I've replaced broken VX mics for friends cameras I have broken off with my skateboard for $40. Wonder if there is a way to roll up the ribbon cable from the old ones and put an 1/8th stereo cable on the end.
  18. A slimmed down / updated zaxcom nomad would be a nice tool
  19. There is no way to ask for respect, only ways to act in which to earn it.
  20. That would make him save time in his future not waiting for other people to answer him on the internet. Hope he is well and spreading logic to his students.
  21. Stillweii

    Np50 chargers

    Had one battery cause my wall charger to blink . The wall charger could never charge this one np-50. It would always be at 1/3rd charged . Used my SGS dual charger and it seemed to reboot the battery and now it charges fine on both chargers . other side of that , NP-50 technology seems on the lightweight end and when charging my batteries I swap between both chargers to verify charging status . The extra 10 minutes is worth the peace of mind the next day . Sometimes I know a battery is low , and the SGS charger isn’t charging it , but charging the other one .
  22. Solid ol binary technician expectations! Usually placing sandbags/buckets of water around the area that squeak the most. Weighing down the floor takes away the noise made by the friction going down since it is already at its lowest point. Talent safety comes up in walking scenes , so if I run into that I just ask for a close up or work with camera on blocking changes . Depends on each different day. On Amadeus inside the huge castles, pig troughs were ordered and filled with water to weigh down the long wooden floors out of shot. On the relationship side it's either we come up with good solutions to move the production along in a creatively positive manner and gain respect or just deal with the bs for the day.
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