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  1. I ultimately discovered what happened with the audio recorded on the Alexa Mini, so thought I should share with everyone who joined the discussion here. In summary, we recorded several interviews using a body mic and a boom mic on separate channels, and after the shoot I got a call from the editor in L.A. telling me that the discreet audio channels I'd sent to the camera were mixed together. How that might have happened was a mystery, and we tried on various explanations here. The answer came when I reviewed the recording of the phone call from the editor. (I should have done th
  2. I did two days with another Mini (with A-box) this week, and was careful to test whether I was recording discrete tracks on the camera. No problems. So, perhaps the summed-to-mono issue with the first Mini was due an older board in the camera (as nichreich mentions), or perhaps there was some still-unknown or unnoticed feature in the camera's menu that was set incorrectly, or perhaps it happened in post.
  3. nickreich, Yes, I'm starting to wonder if it happened in post production as well. I'm working with another Mini (with A-box) tomorrow, so I'll do some tests to be sure it's recording discreet channels. edward chick, Do you know if the Mini has "unity" mode, and where to set it? Johnny Karlsson and IronFilm, You both have the same issue, and I can only think it may be in your Lemo connector. What brand of adapter cable are you using? I know those tiny Lemos are difficult to solder, and if two wires are touching inside the connector that would explain so
  4. OK, thanks for clarifying. I doubt that's the explanation though. I know it's a small Lemo connector, but I'd be surprised if that kind of a problem got past Arri's engineers.
  5. nickreich, When you say you're "not aware of a menu setting that could do this," by "this" do you mean sum two channels to mono? The camera had a passive Wooden Camera A-box, most definitely. There was no external recorder, so it must have been recording to an in-camera card. I couldn't tell you what type. The only external device was a video monitor connected by HD-SDI. I tried and failed to upload a pic of the camera's relevant menu page in this reply. That menu page shows that for each channel there is a choice of manual, manual+Limiter, or Auto. "Aut
  6. That would be the same thing I experienced. There must be a menu setting that prevents that. As to audio quality, it does record 24 bit, 48 kHz audio.
  7. I worked with an Alexa Mini for the first time recently, sending two discreet channels of audio to the A-box. I had the ARRI operating manual and the audio menu seemed simple. But, I allowed the AC to read the menu while I told her what the settings should be. I was overconfident. I later heard from the editor that we recorded the two discreet channels summed together on the camera's track 1, and the same two channels summed together on track 2. My independently-recorded backup files had each mic recorded on its own track, so problem solved. But, I would still like to know what was set
  8. Bingo. The "flat rate" changed to a 10-hr rate, and the new indemnification provision is exactly what I suggested: "Each party agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the other party from and against all reasonable claims of loss, cost, or damage (including reasonable outside attorneys’ fees) to the extent arising out of its breach of this Agreement, and/or its negligence or willful misconduct." Thanks Jim, Phillip, RP and everyone who shared your experiences and knowledge.
  9. I'm just now busy striking out the Indemnification provision (in my first post) and the references to "flat rate" (we had agreed to a 10-hr rate including gear, not a 24-hr rate). I'm going to write in the 10-hr rate and OT rate. I've decided I can live with the "termination without cause" provision, after receiving some perspective here. I'll suggest an alternate Indemnification provision (recommended by NOLO): “Each party agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the other party from and against all reasonable claims of loss, cost, or damage (including reasonable outside a
  10. Thanks, JW. I agree completely. I find sound is the most mysterious aspect of production for some people—usually those not wearing headphones—yet they can be adamant micro-managers. I've learned to just say no, politely, in spite of a natural inclination to accommodation.
  11. Thanks, Jim. Good information and very helpful. I'm planning to wait till Monday, and by then I should have their "production book" too, to provide some more information. I've done probably over 1,000 contract jobs so far—sound, camera and editing—and I don't have any problem walking away from jobs with red flags. They are few and far between, but I find that when I notice red flags and do the job anyway, bad things happen.
  12. Here’s some information Jim linked from NOLO about indemnification: "In a mutual indemnification, both parties agree to compensate the other party for losses arising out of the agreement to the extent those losses are caused by the indemnifying party’s breach of the contract. In a one-way indemnification, only one party provides this indemnity in favor of the other party." And, "make sure your obligations are limited to your own mistakes or misconduct... the term 'to the extent arising out of' effectively provides this limitation." This is exactly what conc
  13. Philip and Jim, the first contact came last Tuesday, the PC booked me on Thursday, and I received the deal memo Friday night. A "production book" is coming yet this weekend. The shoot is on Tuesday. So, yes, it's last minute, perhaps intentionally. I'm asked to sign and return the deal memo by Monday. Philip, I like the advice in your first paragraph. It's always good to be polite. Much better than the "bite me!" response that was my first instinct. RP, that's an interesting interpretation. Perhaps their language is just a clumsy way of saying that. Bu
  14. I don't know of any insurance I could buy that would indemnify a client’s wrongdoing in which I have no part.
  15. Philip, I've blacked out the parts of the (pdf) deal memo I don't accept, including the "flat rate." I suppose I'll have to hand-write in the 10-hour rate and OT rate. Would you sign and date the redacted document, or send it back unsigned?
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