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About Bouke

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    I'm a developer of software tools, both ''off the shelf' as custom work.
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  1. eeh, measure the resistance between pin 1 and shield on the device. It should read zero, meaning, if you jack in the plug, it is connected. How hard is this? (Or I'm missing something...)
  2. Constatin never said that, you put the words in his mouth. He wrote: Now, can you stop the hair splitting please? (That's normally my job when it comes to LTC.) Bouke
  3. They did something like this in the beginning when they stated that their recorders wrote BWF. Total meaningless, since there was no info inside the BEXT, but indeed, the BEXT chunk was there. Afaik, I'm the only one bitching about it. Bouke
  4. Hmm. 'Run and gun' with a DSLR should not be in the same sentence, IMHO. (Yes, there are people who can actually focus, but it's hard...) Next, what about syncing if you use an external recorder? If the shooting is 'run and gun', normally post is 'news style' (Meaning, quick and dirty. Exceptions are movies mocumentaries like 'er ist wieder da', or 'Borat', where run and gun get heavily posted.) I have edited thousands of 'run and gun' style shows, and quite a lot of them were finished faster than the time a manual sync of the footage would have taken by itself. Talks to the client about this, if you're not the one who's going to edit the stuff. Since I don't like 3.5 mm jacks for anything mission critical, I do support the idea of an external recorder though. And that can be cheap, especially if you can be hard wired. There was a used TC gen advertised here. Get something like that, and an Y cable, and a sound recorder with a channel to spare and you're home free. (With extra cabling / extra box / extra fuzz, but it will work, and will be cheap.) Bouke
  5. Are you sure you printed at the proper DPI? No 'fit to page' or something? Your math seems correct. (Speed of light / frequency.) (On closer study, there is a 'test' line on the sheet, that should be 152.4 mm.) But, of course you math defines the antenna lenght, measured from the point where the wire comes out of the shielding. Now, if the connector is not part of the shielding, that acts as antenna as well. Perhaps that's the difference. And, if the wire inside the whip is twisted, it could be way longer than the whip length. How expensive are these things? (Making shorter is easy, longer however..) Or, run a test, cut it to your length, look up the block where the table says the sweet spot lies, and compare performance. Bouke
  6. Keep me in the loop. I'm good at data analysis. Now, it's up to you to decide on a good mic. Pick one, I'll buy one. (And some plants to torture.) Bouke
  7. You also said that, hence my comment. But yes, we totally agree.
  8. Deep shame on me! (And I recently patched the Python Timecode Module, and TC is my thing.) Blame it on lack of coffee, too much work. (Crawling back in my cage now....)
  9. This is not the reason, and especially for US TV where there TONS of commercials, math on entire bloks is done in Drop to stay in sync with the Time on the Wall. (Or shows would start at the wrong time...) Reason: Since DF skips two frames every two whole minutes, there is NO difference between Drop and NonDrop if you start at a round even minute. (Except the colon / semi colon notation.) Only after two minutes the two start to drift apart.
  10. You all are missing the point. EVERYTHING will be taken over by AI / technology / cheap 'do it yourself' products. History. In video, you want a DVE? No need for ADO, get AE You want to grade? Get expensive stuff! Then Apple bought Color, and gave it away when you bought FCP. Then BM bought Resolve, so at that time, the stuff I've bought for my studio (more than a million) became FREE. An ENG crew with satellite connection is a one man band for quite some years now. Set dressing? All is chroma key (I refuse to say 'green screen') Grime? Digital. But look on the bright side, for quite a few more years, this technology has to be developed by people who thus have jobs. If immature, someone has to operate it. If that has faded away, someone needs to do maintenance, And when that is solved, we all drink cocktails on the beach. So, what is the problem? For now, if you want a job, be the best of the best, that's the only way to keep a job. The rest can go to the beach earlier.
  11. Can someone enlighten me what this is about? Track assignment is either (or both, depending on DAW) file name convention, and metadata. It's no problem whatsoever for me to re-assign track assignment on existing files from other metadata. (EG, If track1_name= Eva Move to track 24) Another thing, what I never understood, why would anyone record Poly? I know it's common practice, but it makes no sense to me at all... (Yes, if you have on drive with one readhead (Like CD or ancient cheap HD) it makes sense, but that was 25 years ago...) Bouke
  12. FWIW, BWF is Wave. (But not all Wave is BWF.) Wav is a Riff format. It contains chunks of information. Header, Audio data at least. When a BEXT chunk is added, it becomes a BWF. (Early versions of Zoom H4 did this, but completely meaningless since there was no metadata inside, just for marketing to be able to say 'hey, it's BWF!') But you can also put in a INVO (per Jim, Invoice) chunk and put a PDF in there, and it would still be a completely valid Wave file that will sound exactly the same. (Cover art is sometimes included...) The fun part in this story is that the least significant bits are used. (Read, the lowest volume. An infected 24 bits Wave with silence would still be silent unless you crank up the volume to absurd levels.) So, very hard to detect. (But a bit strange choice as traffic of Wave is way less than Mp4 / Pdf / Mp3 or alike...)
  13. That's an easy one, Sum of scene 32 PU's + one Now you are all very lucky. Over here we have commercial metadata, included is 'version' So one would think, version 2 is higher than version 1, but instead, a lot of companies use _two in the decription, so I end up with Commercial_V01_two (or alike, not exact syntax.) Then there is also the very popular term 'omruil' (translates to 'switch' So I Get Commercial_V01_Switch. (Meaning, V01 is no longer valid.) Then, of course that one is rejected, then I get Commercial_V01_Switch_DEF. (You can guess what will happen later that day...)
  14. For those toying: I just made an update with some bugfixes, so if you already downloaded, please trash that version and get the latest! Bouke
  15. Hi guys, First try is here: https://www.videotoolshed.com/subtitle-transcription/make-transcriber-files/ Now, two things: On mac, it might not run. (If you look at the console, you might see something about 'unreferenced pointer') If that is the case, it's probably an easy fix, not sure, it happens on one of my machines, not on the other. Win seems unaffected. Now, you must have FFmpeg installed, or at least a binary somewhere, see the manual about that. Thanks! Bouke
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