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  1. Agreed, if the producer pulls stuff like that, imagine what they’ll do next time when you let them get away with this. 700/12 all in is a fairly low rate already, and with the overtime you should be getting 1867, not 1750, and definitely not 1400 for all three days. I would take that producers offer the same way I would take a slap in the face, because that’s what it is I don’t know where you are but the rate you should be aiming for is $650 for you and for 4 lavs and comteks I would want at least $400 for gear. I’ll admit I have negotiated for less than that, especially on a multi-day shoot, which is why this surprise “discount” request is so ridiculous. You are already giving them a discount and they should be grateful.
  2. I haven't been on a shoot like that with that particular camera body, but I was on shoot like that with a Red a couple generations ago and the fan would absolutely come on after about 10 or 15 minutes, because it just gets too hot. I hate Reds for this reason, and would definitely recommend pushing for an alexa, but past experience tells me you won't have much luck convincing both the director and DP to use a different camera. Perhaps there is some kind of blimp or sound blanket you could try to use, but in the end, I agree with what Vincent said, as long as you have made the situation known to them, you can sleep at night knowing you did everything you could.
  3. that sounds like it might be my issue. I put some silver paste on the screw and I thought it helped, I haven't had the same issue except one time the pack didn't wake up from being asleep and I found it was powered off. How old was your transmitter that had the issue? How much did it cost for the repair?
  4. I was already planning on getting some, so I guess that's the plan.
  5. I just wanted to see if anyone here has experienced this before. I have a lectrosonics SMQV with the white face, I think it's about three years old. I did the battery door replacement on it a while ago after having some issues, and hadn't had any problems until today. I had the transmitter mounted in a neopax pouch just below the actors knee, and she had to run in the take. Almost every time she did the short run the pack would power off, and a couple times when I tried to power it back on the display would flash a few times, if I opened the battery door and closed it again it would power right back up. I tried fresh batteries even though it was only an hour or so into shooting, but that didn't help. I eventually got the issue to stop by moving the strap up above her knee, but I'm nervous about what the underlying cause was. I was unable to reproduce the problem by pushing on the transmitter in various ways, but I didn't have a lot of time to play with it on set. I talked to my salesman at Gotham Sound and he didn't have any ideas without getting it in to the shop, which I can't do right now. Anybody have something like this happen to them, and/or know what this might be?
  6. I have it on good authority that the mic capsules can handle ridiculously high SPL before they would be permanently damaged, with condenser mics the concern is that the front end amplifier gets saturated and will clip in a very unflattering way from most gunshots. I was on a shoot with blank guns fired by the cast and there was also (shouted) dialogue during the gunfire. My blue dot schoeps was distorting like crazy, and I don’t have a pad for it, so I went back to my Oktava MC-012, and used the -10 dB pad that screws in between the capsule and the body, and that took care of it. I think I may have doubled up the pads actually for -20. I would also recommend isolation headphones both to protect your ears, and so you can actually hear what your mics are getting. I used drummers headphones and they work well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I wouldn’t say often, and getting less now as I am working bigger jobs, but occasionally, and I’d say I’m almost never asked, what usually happens is I take an educated guess on a shoot that might need them and I bring it up, or I am working with someone who knows what I have and they rent it from me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. If you aren’t also doing studio work then I would sell the U87, great mic but you’ll never use it on set. The km184s are also not the standard, the schoeps cmc/mk41 would be much better. For most of the jobs you said you want to do, you shouldn’t need a time code box or wireless hops, just get a breakaway cable that does timecode, stereo audio, and a return, and definitely get at least 1 channel of good wireless. I don’t know if you can convert the wired Lav mics to work with a Lectro or Zax transmitter, but wireless is pretty much expected these days. You could probably hold off on more channels of wireless, comteks, and timecode stuff for a little while. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I would say it’s unlikely that you’ll be asked about gear outside your department, but as someone who also does lighting, it does happen, usually on small gigs where I’m asked to be both sound and gaffer. I can’t imagine you’ll be asked to bring camera gear, I’ve never seen that camera used in the last few years, if steadicam is needed they will hire that person who will own their rig, same with follow focus and such. I’d say the 8x8 frame and silks to go on it will retain value the most, the kinos less so since everyone is on to quasars and other LED fixtures now Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I made my own battery solution with the Sony batteries but instead of a step up converter I just use 2 batteries connected in series. It has been working fine for me for 6 months now, annoying to have to use 2 batteries together but seems fine Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Actually it says right in the manual that the 8060 (and I believe all the shotgun mics from Sennheiser) uses RF coupling so it should be just as good as the 416. It's actually very old technology. That's why I will always keep my 416 and MKH50, even though I prefer the sound of the schoeps mics. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Neither of those mics are good for indoors, inside you should be using a supercardioid like the 8050 or MKH-50, or preferably the schoeps MK41. The 8060 is probably better in general but I would just keep the 416 for when you are outside and get a real indoor mic Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Since this seems to have turned into a critique of the superCMIT I figured I'd comment with my preliminary findings. In comparing the superCMIT to the CMIT5u, I didn't hear a significant difference in the level of noise, what I did hear was a slight tonality in the noise from the superCMIT that called attention to it. I had to crank my headphone amp on the 633 to +20 to hear the noise on any of the channels though, plus self noise in my experience has been a poor indicator of the quality of a mic. I am fortunate in that I can trust my ears since I have literally listened to hundreds of Mics checking for self noise and other issues, I hope you might consider my opinion to be an informed one. I haven't gotten a chance to really put the mic through the paces in a real environment yet but I could see that in mode 1 I was getting about the claimed 4db in extra off axis rejection and on my voice I thought the two Mics sounded very close. I don't need to sell the CMIT5u right away so I may keep it around for a bit, but after reading some of these responses I was doubting myself on buying the superCMIT at all, I think I'm tentatively happy with the purchase though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Yeah I looked up the specs and didn't see a noticeable difference in self noise between the two on paper. I'm definitely getting the 2u so I'll be able to compare, but I think if I can get a decent price for the 5u I will sell. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I think in conditions where I'll want the noise cancelling the self noise would be the least of my problems, but that's definitely something to think about Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Hmm, I guess I could just sell it for the scrap metal value ;-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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