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    I work for a small production company that turns boring health education topics into interesting short films.

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  1. Erob

    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    Been using the Tentacle Sync E for a little while now, recently updated the firmware and came across a weird issue with it and was wondering if anyone else suffered from this (or had a solution). At the start of the day I got to Jam TC from our Zoom F8 to the Tentacle Sync E, goes from red mode to green mode, all looks good. When viewing the app before I click on the specific Tentacle the TC is synced between the two devices. However, when I go to click the Tentacle (to get into the menu to change settings, etc.) now the TC is roughly 1 sec ahead of the mixer. I switch over the Timebar App (which Tentacle says is accurate) and it again appears to be synced. Going back to the Tentacle app, same thing, before you click the specific Tentacle they appear to be synced but when clicking on it, it goes to 1sec off. Hopefully you all can follow that logic. I've tried resetting it and resyncing but the same thing happens. I wasn't sure what else to do, as this has happened a few times now over the past month or so, well really every time I've used it the past two months I would say. It even happened before the firmware update, so I was hoping that would fix it but it did not.
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    Boom Op Kits

    Been doing some research and was wondering what people use when being a boom op (or give to their boom ops). Been talking with mine recently and we are trying to figure out how to make his kit better and more useful. Right now he just has a little pouch that we put some spare batteries and moleskin in so he can quickly fix loose lavs or replace a battery. Any input here would be much appreciated.
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    Audio Limited A10 for talent.

    You are correct, I misspoke there.
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    Audio Limited A10 for talent.

    Not sure if this is too picky or anything, but looking at the specs of the LTD compared to Zaxcom (ZMT3 specifically) gets about 4Khz more of dynamic range. According to the specs the A10 transmits 40-20Khz and the ZMT3 goes to 16Khz. I tried to find information on other versions of the Zaxcom transmitters and Lectrosonics but couldn't find anything on them.
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    My version of the Magliner vertical cart.

    I'm curious what you used as your base here, I searched the magliner website and couldn't find anything that allowed front casters like you have.
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    Question about passive splitter for bag use

    It's just a series of never ending bell curves...you get to the top in one then quickly fall to the bottom of not knowing the next thing and it just keeps repeating.
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    Question about passive splitter for bag use

    Thanks for the guide Derek, I'll certainly take a look at it soon. Larry I believe I understand what you are saying, I know this is pretty basic stuff to you all but I'm just getting into the higher end stuff, so I appreciate everyone answering. Just when I think I start to really get a grasp on this stuff something new comes along. So to check on my learning here, one "shark fin" antenna cannot feed both inputs on the same SRc, but it can feed one input on two separate SRc's.
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    Question about passive splitter for bag use

    Now are you going into all of the receivers? The only thing I'm still a little confused about is if one antenna can feed multiple receivers.
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    Question about passive splitter for bag use

    This all makes a lot more sense now. Thank you both for going further in depth. I'll go with the two way splitter and then just try to get the antenna up high to give a better line of sight (if you will) to the transmitter which will hopefully help with the signal we are getting.
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    Question about passive splitter for bag use

    Understood, this is the set up I was thinking: Lectrosonics ZFSC41 with a PSC UHF Log Periodic Skeletal Antenna. Now based on your last comment there I guess this won't actually work because it's a 4 way splitter, which also answers my last questions about 1 antenna feeding into multiple SRc's, since the 4 way needs power I take it that won't work. I'm guessing this would work better for the splitter: Lectro ZSC24?
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    Question about passive splitter for bag use

    So I just wanted to follow up here real quick and make sure I understand some of this correctly. My company has a little extra money to get some audio stuff and I was looking into getting some shark fins, as we've had a few issues with signal strength and range with out Lectro SSM's and SRc's (I'm guessing its the SSM since it can only output 50mW). I called Trew to get their input into the case and the person I spoke with told me that one part of the chain has to be active (i.e. either the antenna has to be active or the splitter), however what I'm gathering form this thread is that is not the case. I can put a passive antenna into a passive splitter and that will work just fine? The other questions I have is can 1 antenna feed 2 SRc's? They are A and B blocks respectively if that impacts anything. Again Trew told me that I should get two fins to have a larger coverage area but I don't know if we have the budget for that at this time. I'm really just looking for something to help us get a little stronger signal when we are a little too far from talent with the SSM. Thanks!
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    TentacleSync E review

    I get this every time now, and I go through the same steps to get it working. I used the Tentacle Sync E on a 4 day shoot last week, haven't seen any of the footage yet but it appeared to work the whole time. Starting post on the project tomorrow so I'll see if it actually worked or not then.
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    TentacleSync E review

    Yes! It does turn to green mode after this step.
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    TentacleSync E review

    I guess you could say that, however I really didn't see anywhere in the instructions that says you have to completely unplug the device from any cable after jamming but before plugging into the camera. I may play around with it a little more this week but have a big production the later half so gonna be a good test to see if it works. If not we will sync the old fashion way with audio and slate.
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    TentacleSync E review

    I was able to get it to work, I'll post my workflow if you will that I used to get it to work: 1) Turn on F8, to go timecode setting 2) Turn on Tentacle Sync E (short hold), plug into mixer TC output At this point the Tentacles seems to be synced with the mixer 3) Unplug Tentacle from F8 and from itself (I have to remove the 1/8" cable completely here, on the phone there is an error message saying it is not generating TC) 4) Plug 1/8" back in, error message goes away and we appear to be good 5) Plug into camera and verify we have sync there This sequence seems to work for me, not sure if I was doing something wrong or if I am doing anything wrong still but at least it appears to be working.