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Paul F

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  1. Going off topic. - I was wondering about that Larry. I've done comparisons of signal strength with an Anritsu spectrum analyzer and when I've wanted to report signal strength comparisons from a test I did on this forum, I struggle to state a db level as the signal bounces around so much, even using a marker's readout. When doing this, what's the correct way to read and report a signal strength? Do you have any suggestions?
  2. The SMA antenna should perform as the stock antenna. Post pictures of your SMA connection to the PCB and also the antenna if you can. It's imporant that the connector has good contact with the case.
  3. The antenna poles are something I found at a scrap yard, so I can't give you a source for them. As best I can tell, they are a lightweight mic stand boom pole since they have 5/8" mic stand threads at the end. I mounted them to the cart with a couple of aluminum clamps I made. The t-slot vendors probably have something suitable to mount a pole to a t-slot. They each have their own selection of accessories, so visit all of their web sites. As to the transmitter, I used a standard clamp and baby pin to mount it. https://www.amazon.com/Smallrig-Thread-Cameras-Umbrellas-Shelves/dp/B0062U2M4E/ref=sr_1_4?crid=28G9RZOD0248L&keywords=light+stand+clamp&qid=1648826127&sprefix=light+stand+clamp%2Caps%2C156&sr=8-4 If I did it again, I would make the main vertical member of the cart a 1" x 2" extrusion rather than 1x1. When I push the cart around, the upright flexes, leaving me feeling a bit insecure. But it hasn't been a problem. The next upgrade is to add wheels to the handles like John did. This makes it easy to roll the cart in and out of my minivan on its back. I can set up the cart without much fuss. The only things I take off the cart to load is the bag, the things in the bottom box, and the Bucket boss. I've got power distribution built into the bag so that when I go mobile, I detach the antenna and LED power from the bag to make for a quick disconnect (third picture). My bag isn't a bag. I made a mixer carrier out of Kydex that gives me better access to everything.
  4. More ideas. Here is a bag cart. This is a T-slot cart I made. T-slot is so easy and relatively inexpensive to work with . I used black t-slot extrusions. First Picture - On the front you can see 4 IDS drawers (https://www.flambeaucases.com/four-compartments-16-ids-dividers.aspx) used to store most things. Slightly bigger items are stored in the black drawer I made. Even bulkier items are stored in the box at the bottom. All of the drawers have a latch to keep them in place when moving. On the left is a place to put a tablet. It tilts, allowing it to act as a table. It swivels out of the way to get through doors and it can be removed as it is mounted on a baby pin. You can probably also see an LED light on a gooseneck that is powered by the bag battery. LPDA antennas are also powered by the bag battery. The silver bar with the black on top off to the right is one of two shelf brackets that swing in, out of the way, when not in use (more in another picture). There are extendable poles on the left and right for antennas and transmitters. If I am using whip antennas in the bag, then the IEM and hop transmitters go on the poles and they are extended up, away from the receivers. If I am using LPDA antennas, the LPDAs are extended up in the air and the transmitters are placed lower on the pole. There are quick disconnects for the LPDAs on each pole. Second Picture - In the back at the top is a Bucket Boss tool holder with extra pockets I added to store receivers and transmitters. To the left is a small canvas garbage bag for batteries and bits of tape etc. I also store a folding chair (left) and umbrella (right). Third Picture - Here you can better see the two shelf brackets at the top, minus the shelf. There are two cup holders to which I added metal hooks for headphones and headband flashlight. Fourth Picture - The cup holders are easily removed (no screws or latches) by pulling them up in case of a narrow passage. The hooks at the bottom of the cup holders also fold under the cup holders (with headphones in place) to get out of the way. Fifth Picture - At the top of the cart is the other half of the Bucket Boss tool holder. Hex wrenches, Torx, scissors, pliers, multi-blade screwdriver, multi-tool, adjustable wrench, etc. The Bucket Boss can be lifted off with the built-in handle. Sixth Picture - This picture shows a fabric covered wooden shelf velcro'd to the shelf brackets. This is the handiest and most favorite addition to the cart. It's in constant use. It folds in half for storage or to be used as a half-shelf, but I've never used it that way. Seventh Picture - Shelf folded in half. Eight Picture - The top drawer can be pulled out to be used as a shelf. I put notes on the cover. Some permanent, some for the show, such as a chart showing which TV channels are open in the city I will be located. I also keep a scratch pad taped to the cover to keep notes of what has been sent out on set or other notes to keep track of things. Its a quick way to jot down things I want to remember. Ninth Picture - I have a baby pin mounted on the side of the cart to hang my flashlight and other bits. Tenth Picture - I have a baby pin mounted on an arm that extends out of the cart to mount a shade umbrella.
  5. Thank you for the followup. I wish I kept the recordings of my comparison to do the same test.
  6. Here is an article that shows the Academy does prioritize the success of the awards show over other concerns. Given that tens of millions of dollars are involved, it's not surprising. The Tonys and Grammys tried this and it didn't help. https://sports.yahoo.com/academy-cuts-multiple-categories-94th-231949560.html
  7. Thanks for the insight Jeff. Not for you Jeff, but for others interest; The Academy needs the awards show in a big way to fund its enterprise. The last time I checked, this single 3-4 hour show brings in over 80% of the Academy's income, most of which is spent on film preservation. I suspect that boosting or keeping the show ratings is a compelling if not overriding factor as to what and how the awards and the show are conducted. Unfortunately, the show's viewers have declined rapidly to 1/4 of what it was in 2015. That probably directly impacts income in a substantial way.
  8. I've always wondered how people in the Academy feel about the voting process. Members of a category make the nominations, but the entire Academy votes for the winner. It seems unsuitable since most members probably don't know much, if anything, about a given category and vote by instinct or whim. For those of you that are Academy members, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about the voting process. Does it aggravate you that the winner is determined by the entire Academy or do you find the results to be satisfactory?
  9. Push the release lever and push the whole assembly down in the opposite direction of the latch while at the same time pulling out. I've had a Neutrik get stuck on the Switchcraft XLR of my boom. That procedure worked.
  10. I hooked up three configurations and measured the output with a spectrum analyzer. Using an MKH 416 connected to an SKP 500 here are the results: SKP 500 directly connected to the MKH 416, -51db SKP 500 connected to a short stub (cable included with Rode windshield), -44db SKP 500 connected to a boom's internal cable at about 48" length (graphite boom), -46db Best results then is the short stub. I didn't think of trying the internal cable stretched out.
  11. Dan Brockett has done quite a bit of work with on-person mic/recorders and has a high regard for them. You probably have seen his posts on other forums about this. He did a documentary with them. He'd be worth contacting to find out what works and what doesn't.
  12. Here are some things to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cCsHjFVlVc&t=1086s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cCsHjFVlVc&t=1086shttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSisEDfDKQc2s6sGZsQyMTQ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqtCwfDs0b8xhEl6WhwhmqA https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDBV1_28Q_NKF2SxnLO-3jg https://www.youtube.com/c/LearnLightAndSoundSessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXSJOA9etns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZIBOUGLdzU&list=PLZXQp_XoNBBOaXB0uu8svbtxVCBw7S1zt
  13. "But honestly, i don't get this negativity, ". It's a combination of respect and old boys club. If you can't respect this audience, they they won't respect you. This forum has the most seasoned professionals that work on the top mega-budget Hollywood films. If you ask a question here, you are talking to the best of the best. They aren't going to cotton to a nonsensical post. If you don't have the respect to post a well formated post, then they don't have time for you. Given your questions, as said, you should look for another forum. This is not the place for you..... yet. You need a forum that is more accepting to beginners. Get some experience, learn about equipment, have some fun, and try again when you have some more seasoned questions. 1- I am thinking to buy Zoom H8 for field recordings for my short films. I wondered if that is a good idea considering the price. Zoom makes good products. The H8 is a goofy sort of format. Cumbersome at best the way it is configured. It's not a good choice for film making. An F4 or F8 would be better. But if you can deal with the odd configuration, the H8 is a good start. 2- Do i really need a ''shotgun'' microphone with ZH8 in order to record dialogue in film? It seems they work much better as they focus onto one place and filmmakers use those for dialogue most of the time. Clearly, you need to read more and listen to examples on youtube. There is enough information out there for you to determine if you 'need' a shotgun microphone. This is not a yes/no question. There are endless movies on Youtube made with phones and cheap gimbal cameras that use built-in microphones. It's a matter of what production value you want for your film. Anyone on this forum would say yes, you need one. Even the most modest of filmmakers have a shotgun in their kit. 3- Anyone knows if i can attach, for example, Rodeo NTG4 to ZH8 without any problem? This is a lazy question that doesn't deserve an answer. Read about the NTG4 and read about H8 inputs and then answer this question yourself. If you are that ignorant about the equipment, I can't imagine how you will be able to operate it. You need to do your own homework. 4- - What kind of extra equipments or tools you can recommend to me to build a small audio gear which consists the fundamental elements to record high quality sound for my films? That is too broad a question to answer on this forum. But for a start, a shotgun microphone, a hypercardioid microphone, a recorder, headphones, cables, and a boom pole. After that, the list can go in any direction.
  14. Phantom is coming in some form according to Wisycom. No on-board recording in the US.
  15. That is one ugly post. As Jeff said, this site is mainly big-time pros who don't tolerate ignorant questions and poorly formatted posts. This sentence alone is so poorly formed (even considering you may be a native German) and uses bold as to completely confuse and turn off anyone that might help you. There is simply no way to answer this sentence. Think about what you want to ask and maybe try again as your post is a complete mess and unanswerable. Do people use Zoom H8 for the dialogue aswell? But i guess a shotgun recorder would be much better?
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