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  1. https://www.inovativ.com/learn/digisystems/ inovativ themselves have digisystems now under their umbrella. they have a heavy cheeseplate and a lightweight one. what sets them apart is the wide range of brackets available for many laptops. one can also undersling drives or card readers with the appropriate hardware.
  2. all the specifications that i have seen for antenna cable have the smallest radius that the cable can safely handle listed. this is dependent on what the core is made of. if your drum has a small diameter than the cable is rated for, avoid it. (my daughter lived in zurich for 6 years, but lives in klosters now)
  3. if you are working out of a bag, and want to add two more mrx414 receivers to the set-up, using an rx12 to achieve that comes with a size and weight penalty.
  4. it seems to tick all the boxes that folks have been asking for. we have been avoiding using our zmt3 transmitters because not making it to lunch is a headache, and during covid times, even more so if i can get an honest 6 hours out of it, i'm in
  5. are you on a show presently? i find that the sets dept often carries rolls of led lighting, these days. the camera dept that i am presently working with uses these arms for their custom made lights: https://ulcs.com the lights they have stay in place when they move their cards from set to set (i often use these arms for my smallhd monitors). if the electrics or sets can't help you with light strips, these folks sell components individually, including aluminum channel material, dimmers, connectors: https://www.leevalley.com/en-gb/hardware/led-lighting both the arms and the lighting source mentioned above, are not cheap, but you won't end up with something disposable. the longest light i've seen on set is 30", but you could start out with 36" and cut it down if it doesn't work
  6. was your zuca the "all terrain" variant?
  7. nov2019 was my experience in the cold (-10C) and the mothership cleared up the parameters of the charger for me. nov2020 (+10C), the lights of the charging bays were not lighting up and i was not sure if any charging was taking place. i haven’t seen the charger for a few weeks. i have around (18) lectro lb50 batteries, 6 transmitters that use them, hence the need for a 12 bay charger. i haven’t had scenes where all 6 transmitters are being used, so the 8 bay charger has been a good back-up
  8. the 8bay lb50 charger has been very handy. my 12 bay charger failed and your charger seems a bit more tolerant of the cold, and a handy size to leave in a warm tent, when shooting outside thanks
  9. i had my k-art delivered with output one set at 15v. cantar x1/x2 liked having a higher voltage and that is why i chose that. when the x3 arrived, it liked having a higher voltage, but now with software updates and the ability to dial in voltage thresholds, the higher voltage is less of an issue. for some time, i had been looking for an led lightsource to plug in to the usb connectors on the front face of the k-art. finally found these:
  10. hawk woods makes this guy: https://www.hawkwoods.co.uk/Sound/P/AD-NP1
  11. the only wifi video that i have personal experience with is when working with a qtake operator on set. the operator acts as a "gatekeeper" and has to grant you permission and a password to log in to their wifi video stream. after you log in the first time, the system should recognize you on subsequent log ins unless they have had to reboot the system. i use it when it is a nuisance to run cables to the dit cart or the qtake cart. the latency is such that you can't use the image to anticipate cues. as mentioned, always helpful to know who is speaking (or the size of the frame). i use an older ipad pro 10.5 for viewing. i can toggle between cameras in landscape orientation to have a large image. when the ipad is in portrait, i can stack two camera views, one over the other, to give the equivalent viewing area of (2) 7" monitors there has been some buzz about using the qtake for video and audio monitoring on the floor, after this covid19 hiatus. this would be in lieu of handing out individual ifb receivers. my concern is producers unplugging their buds from their ipad to make a phone call, and causing feedback on set if they forget replug. the qtake system is iOS only any additional wifi devices chew up valuable 2.4 bandwidth, which just increases the likelihood of performance failure. i stopped using zax erx ifb units once boosters and polling didn't cut it anymore. this was especially true when on a set with devices that use spread spectrum propagation on 2.4.
  12. it's hard to imagine, but i run into some costumes where the regular zmt3 is visible as a lump under a costume. the thickness of the "x" won't work in those situations, but i have situations involving prosthetics where space is less important and run time is. not thrilled that it is another battery format that requires another charger, after buying a lectro 12 bay np50 charger. got a tongue lashing from a director last week when we had to replace a battery in a difficult costume placement with a zmt3 about not "anticipating" when the battery needed to be replaced. i would not have bought 6 zmt3 transmitters if i had known that putting the units to sleep was not going to be an option. live and learn (get burned)
  13. items like this are always built to a price point, and compromises are made. i would like there to be an updated charger with better fans or a “pro” version which would have quieter fans and a shut-off function, once charging is complete. i haven’t had the nerve to take the charger to a drama set yet. it seems hypocritical for the sound department to bring noise makers to set. i am likely to continue to use the charger at home until a quieter version is available. i am prepared to pay more for the “pro” version.
  14. got mine on friday. having a fan was mentioned, so not a surprise. was hoping the fan would be more white noise but it’s a high pitched whine. the battery caddy seems to be more friendly to exterior battery wear than any caddy i am using now. it would have been nice to have a power supply with a detachable ac cord. the attached cord may be a tad too short for some. looking forward to see how it performs in the long run and would like to buy more battery caddies, when they are available
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