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  1. If our equipment also requires a truck/van then surely it is reasonable we too should get portal to portal?
  2. I know that a Chinese Production shooting a feature film here in Auckland at the moment just went and purchased a new sound cart to be sent to here in NZ rather than shipping one over from China! :-o Bit odd I thought, but yeah, probably worth looking into, if you're traveling a long distance then perhaps renting/buying one closer to the shoot itself might be a "better" path to take than bringing your own from home.
  3. I'm not disagreeing with you at all :-) Of course I agree. Just am reinforcing the point and helping the OP out.
  4. Yes, you need to set your gain staging right otherwise you'll be bringing up the equipment's noise floor when you normalize (or at the other end, you'll be hitting the limited too hard. You need to be in between those two extremes)
  5. Been years since I last used a G3/H5, not a kit I'd use myself today, but the core of you question is: Would reducing gain then reduce the background noise? Technically yes. But does this do absolutely anything practically useful? NOPE! Because it would also pull down the gain of the dialogue as well. What you really care about is the Signal/Noise ratio ("noise" here including noise such as the background noise which you don't want"). And turning up or down that gain does absolutely nothing in changing that S/N ratio, that remains the same. (except at the extreme ends of too much or too little gain, when the S/N ratio gets worse once normalized).
  6. If you really have no control over location or timing (as you need to work around other people's work schedules) then I'd have a careful thought about your framing, as that can at least physiologically make a difference. (as if you can see the source of the noise then it tends to be somewhat less obnoxious than if it is just some mysterious unknown source) Depends on what is appropriate for your video though, if for your SaaS product to see a busy office background? For example of this at work of "seeing the noise source vs not seeing it": imagine filming a builder with an empty lot behind him vs him turning around to face the opposite direction and instead having the busy construction site behind him? Both videos may have the same amount of background noise in the video (well, perhaps not... as the body blocking one side of the lav could help the 2nd video be better), but the first video will "feel worse" than the 2nd video where you can see the context of where the background noise is coming from because you can see the background construction in the video itself. So in short, a good rough rule of thumb to keep in mind is: "if you can't kill a noise source, then include it in the frame". (so at least there is context)
  7. In the sense it is a box with knobs on it and XLR in/out? That is a very generic similarity. I can see tonnes of differences in the details, for instance with powering: 4x AAA + Hirose is what the Marenius C-148 has (quite different to the MM1!).
  8. My first recommendation is find a better location! But if that isn't possible (really?), then how about a better time? Maybe instead of recording during the middle of a busy working day, then could you instead record the video during the weekend when it is quiet?
  9. How small is "small"? There is the Sound Devices MM1 (and the older/cheaper MP1).
  10. https://www.fullcompass.com/prod/567530-sanken-cms-50-compact-stereo-condenser-shotgun-microphone-with-mid-and-side-component-output I had to look that up to check! Maybe they've got a mistake on their website
  11. Nobody (outside Zoom / some testers / etc) owns a Zoom F6, thus there are no comparisons out there. However, from memory I do believe they're the same as in the F8n/F8/F4. Which are already very good for what they are, nobody could in a blind test tell the difference vs recent releases from say for instance Sound Devices such as the MixPre6/10T
  12. I would've been keen!
  13. With TC boxes being so dirt cheap to rent, it seems penny wise and pound foolish to go to that extra hassle/stress/distraction of not using them.
  14. I've worked with the SXT, is the same as all the other full size ARRI S35 digital cameras (aside from the AMIRA, which has BNC)
  15. The subscription model sucks, I reckon it will flop unless they either 1) make the app free or 2) at least make it is a one off life time purchase of the app For every who who doesn't need the app then the Tascam DR10L/CS would be a better buy (on which point, I'm considering buying the Tascam DR10X as an affordable and very very compact/lightweight back up recorder to run simultaneously in my bag to back up the boom track or an automix) When it comes to prosumer gear with potential, the kings are: Zoom F series and SD MixPre series.
  16. My last video I recorded during 48HOURS:
  17. IronFilm


    Why can't the electronics be shifted elsewhere? Or are the connectors bulky and on the sides? Anyway, the core point is: we live in a day in age when almost everyone has a small compact cellphone in their pocket, which even a 5" screen on it is regarded as "small". To have a screen which is even smaller than our smallest of small screens that we all carry in our pockets, seems.... rather old fashioned? This isn't 2009 when 3" screens still seemed like a reasonable size!
  18. It isn't too hard to fine tune your feed, either via the brute force method (unfriend them!) or via somewhat more (or less) subtle methods to feed the algorithm
  19. IronFilm


    When you look at the screen there then you could have easily made the screen a half centimeter wide to the left and a half inch wider to the right as well, without even needing to yet start shuffling around the other items on the front panel to make space. This would have made the display an extra 20% bigger. The display screen is something we're all using on our recorders more than anything else, constantly looking at it all the time, am sure very few of us would even mind if the overall size of the recorder was increased (but weight was kept nearly the same!) to allow a screen which is double the size.
  20. Certainly there was a period in time when Cobol was commonly taught (certainly in many business schools, less so if you're in the sciences/engineering like myself), but I doubt there are many Universities remaining in the world which have Cobol as a compulsory part of their teaching! Social Media is certainly extremely useful for networking and thus business. But if you find life is ticking over just fine without it, then I guess you don't "have to" join. I certainly would prefer if discussions are here instead, but I check out both so as to not miss out. Facebook groups have got a lot better than they used to be! Greatly improved. But yet, I still prefer a good forum like this here. That ship sailed a long time ago!
  21. haha, golden comment! And is a Saturday night here 😉 IIm from the future! Having a cider.
  22. It is a generational thing, for instance my mother (who is waaaaay smarter than the average cookie. And for her generation is pretty clued up, she even studied Computer Science at Uni! Learned to program in COBOL. Although.... one her classmaters did his Masters using Punch Cards!! Gee....), yet when it comes to computers / social media / technology she can struggle. Oh well. (she'll freak out if I pop home to visit her and make any changes to her PC whatsoever! Sigh) Probably I won't be immune to this either, I suspect one day (if I have kids!) then my children (or grandchildren) will roll their eyes at me trying to grasp their new modern technology just as badly as my mother does. Anyway, to answer your question: right click on the date / time segment next to a person's name who started the thread and select "copy link". Easy. There is a search function, which I often use (for instance to find the link Larry referred to, it only took me a few seconds to find even though I had never seen that discussion before). However yes, in general the process of discovery is not as good as Google is. With Facebook being a "Walled Garden" I do fear for the future, Facebook won't be here forever. What if someone in the future wants to read about a product from 2019 such as DSQD/Nova/Scorpio? If 90% of that discussion has been only on Facebook then that info might end up being lost forever. At least now if I want to research a product released a decade ago I can easily find lots of discussions on jwsoundgroup, or if the product is even older then I hit up google groups for RAMPS for my extra research, and if I hit any dead links then I've got Archive.org to rely upon. But will this still be possible in 2030/2040/whenever once Facebook has disappeared? Who remembers when Myspace used to dominate social media like Facebook does now? Now Myspace is a nobody. The same will eventually happen to Facebook given enough time. And music from the Myspace generation has disappeared.... https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/myspace-lost-music-809455/ "One day" that will happen as well to all the collective knowledge shared in facebook discussions.
  23. You mean the Facebook Group not the Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/69511015699/permalink/10157006438815700/
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