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Sam Mallery

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About Sam Mallery

  • Birthday 09/24/1972

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    Brooklyn, NY.
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    Audio. Writing. Music. Film making. Location sound. Blogging. Language. Coffee. Espresso. AeroPress. Kemun tea.
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    Best location mixer I currently own: 302
    Best wireless: SRA with an SMD and an SMQ tx
    I've got a ways to go. Two Comtek receivers to my name.

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  1. This is exactly what happened. We shot 33 videos in three days at NAB 2014. Our on-site video editor was working his tail off, as we all were, and a single poorly written letter turned our good friend Dave into an aquatic animal. I didn't get to see the video until it was already uploaded to YouTube, and I immediately alerted the video team of the error, but I also begged them to leave the typo in there, just because it cracks me up.
  2. ...you'd be surprised we're even able to pay people... This doesn't instill one with confidence. This is $50 a day if you're lucky. More than likely, you'll be an unknowing volunteer.
  3. I get the feeling that Windows 8 is going to be a different story. Microsoft is chasing Apple, trying to make consumers feel like the difference between the two are blurring, but I'll believe it when I see it. Windows 8/Metro/Windows Phone seem like they're going to confuse people even more. Tablets the run on ARM processors are going to be able to do some of the stuff that the full Windows 8 is going to do, but not everything. Right there the user has to always juggle in their head what is and isn't possible with the flavor of Windows they're currently using. Current Windows phones like the much touted Lumia 900 are not going to be allowed to upgrade to the Apollo OS, which is going to integrate better with the Windows 8 & Metro tablet OS. It's a big mess if you ask me. Went Mac in 2004. Staying Mac until something better comes along...
  4. Put together blimp for exterior shot, hoist it overhead for the first take, look up, and cannot tell which direction the shotgun is pointing, scene begins, and yes, mic is pointed at the sky, dialog is lost.
  5. I think the Nomad looks nice. At the other end of the spectrum, Sony came out with white version of the PCM M10, which is also pretty cute. But I hear ya, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera makes a statement.
  6. Thanks guys. It sounds trite to say, but it honestly means a lot.
  7. I just wrote this, and I think some of you may get a kick out of it: http://www.sam-mallery.com/2012/03/in-disagreement-with-werner-herzog/
  8. I hadn't seen "Up All Night" before, but last night I watched the episode entitled "Parents," and it had a darkly funny subplot about a boom operator's death. Some here may be offended, but I thought it was pretty funny. When you have some downtime and you want to veg out, I recommend giving it a view (currently, you can stream it on NBC's website).
  9. Not entirely fair. Apple did a lot to promote and support the (RED) charity to fight Aids. And like everything Apple does, after they partnered with RED every other company under the sun copied them, and RED was (and has remained) everywhere. But yeah, there is much room for improvement in the philanthropy department. I'd rather see Apple move mountains that way than to make a behemoth purchase.
  10. Because I owned them, used them, and wasn't satisfied with how they sounded.
  11. I used to own a pair of these as well, and sold them. They were the first wireless systems I bought, but even with Sanken COS11's their sound quality was unaccepatble. I ended up buying a better Lectro system, and life as been good since then. I was hoping I could use my Series 100 in the place of Comtex, but I tried to set it up a few times and it was too much of a struggle. I ended up never using them on a set for wireless headphones. The main problem I encountered was that the transmitter interfered with my SRa receiver in my bag (which I use to receive the signal from my two SM transmitters, which I use for dialog). I tried moving the LMa to the far reaches of my bag/harness, but it still would interfere with my mics, so I just gave up on it. Perhaps someone else on JW has better tech advice, but I ended up selling mine on eBay and buying Comtex.
  12. I just read about this today, and thought some of you might find it interesting: http://vimeo.com/musicstore It's a new service from Vimeo that makes it easier for video makers to find music for their productions. They're offering two kinds of license options: 1) Music from the "Free Music Archive," which has tracks that all have a Creative Commons license. 2) Music from "Audiosocket," which features up-and-coming artists and composers who offer tracks for either $2 each (for personal, non-commercial work), and $98 for commercial stuff. Kind of interesting, eh?
  13. The audio quality is pretty good, considering that it's a 2.5mm. There is an audio level adjustment option in the menus, you can chose between audio level 1, 2 or 3. One downside is that by turning it down to 1 the AGC is still active. But, the silver lining is that it's the least offensive sounding AGC I've ever heard. In fact, I usually can't hear it at all. The really nice thing is that it's got on-screen audio meters that you can select to have visible on the LCD at all times (and oddly even when it's in a still photo mode). I wish you could make the meters larger on the screen, but having small meters is far, far better than not having them at all. You can hear the 2.5mm input at work if you click on the MKH 8060 review in my sig. It sounds pretty good with a nice mic and a 302 sending it a mic-level signal.
  14. I mentioned the Panasonic Lumix GH2 in the Alexa thread, and a number of other sound people chimed in about being happy GH2 owners as well, so I thought it deserved its own thread. It says a lot to me that so many sound people are buying a camera with a sub-mini 2.5mm audio input. It was a big metal leap for me to convince myself to buy a camera with such a tiny audio input, but I'm glad I did. This camera is a lot smaller than most HDSLR's, and the video image is just as good, and in many respects, far better than even the steepest competition. The only thing that I've grown not to like is the 2x crop factor. Someday I'd love to bump up to a full-sized sensor. But for the time being, the Lumix GH2 is a fantastic little camera. The still images it takes look amazing on it as well. I'd also like to point out to the good folks at Remote Audio that their sweet Location Pro Adapt-a-Pak products currently do not include any 2.5mm adapters. In the near future, as cameras shrink down in size, I think we're going to see this input more and more.
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