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    Zaxcom ZMT3-X

    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)
  2. 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.
  3. i find this concept very attractive. also, am hoping the abetek caddy will be more friendly to batteries than the existing caddys that i use are. i use the format because i like the format but i know it accelerates the wear on the battery. i will contact one of the "usual suspects" in the morning
  4. make sure you haven’t replaced the antenna with an “rpa” version that isn’t making a connection
  5. the 4 bay audioroot charger has a fan. it is possible to turn the fan off when using on set, at a reduced rate of charge
  6. there is a tech type in my market that converted one 4zone. will look into it when i don’t need mine for awhile
  7. the supercmit non-processed signal has been noticed by others to be not as quiet as having the analog version of the microphone. i stopped using my supercmit since repairing the microphone can take months (3 months the first time, 2 months the second time). the other option would be to get a second one, but the show i am presently on doesn’t have the consistent height on its sets to successfully use it, so i haven’t done that either. while the 742/743 works well with the supercmit, 3 lithium batteries will only power the unit for about 3 hours. hard to get a production company to get on board with that expense, despite the fact that 742 battery use is one of the smallest expenses on any large production... when i was using the microphone regularly, not having a digital version of “neverclip” was a problem. one production cared less about the dialogue in one scene, and criticized not having loud noises (car doors closed enthusiastically, even loud slates would overload the microphone
  8. ao

    Playback rig

    if you had a recorder with dante, and your wireless receiver rack had dante, your interconnect between the two devices would be one cable (two with a redundant connection. i’m halfway there - recorder yes, wireless no
  9. i get 4.5 hours from a fuji branded battery, running at 50mw. the latest software has disabled power saving measures. not sure if it worked inconsistently or not at all. i have nothing to compare it to, since i never played with it in the past. i had hoped to sometime. our regular morning is 6 hours, and i had hoped to nurse the zmt3 to 6 hours, with power management. my trxla with 2 decent eneloop pros, will run 6+ hours
  10. another use was to remotely connect to your answering machine to retrieve messages, when confronted with a public rotary dial phone
  11. camera dept does not know what 2.4 frequency they are transmitting on. use this list if they throw a preston channel number at you preston frequency list: channel MHz Channel MHz Channel MHz 0 2402 10 2424 20 2458 1 2404 11 2428 21 2460 2 2406 12 2432 22 2462 3 2408 13 2436 23 2464 4 2410 14 2440 24 2466 5 2412 15 2444 25 2468 6 2414 16 2448 26 2470 7 2416 17 2452 27 2472 8 2418 18 2454 28 2474 9 2420 19 2456 29 2476 when follow focus units have difficulty due to interference, the camera dept often jumps on to other channels randomly. I have had the camera dept knock out my zax ifb often, in a challenged environment
  12. prior to giving up on 2.4Ghz, I would run audio cable, to video village, and place my ifb100 on the monitor cart. I would place my other ifb100 to another side of set, on another frequency. the erx receivers were set in voting mode, to go between the two frequencies. this was not foolproof. there was often one or more people that would be left out. on one show, the director had been a dp and he would leave the village and be with the technocrane operator. being between the two ifb100 transmitters and having the spread spectrum transmissions from the telex comms of the crane crew interfering meant that he couldn't hear program material from either transmitter. as soon as you remote an ifb100, you are also giving up being able to remotely control the body pack transmitters....which is one of the very reasons to buy into the zax system
  13. on more than one occasion, we needed a local "partner" that was named as part of the project. do check: http://www.dubaifilmcommission.ae/filming-in-dubai/how-to-film-in-dubai
  14. larry, many thanks for your detailed response. I had entertained getting the lectro vhf ifb system, but the price for 2 transmitters and 20 receivers was high for a system that I could not audition. about a month after I purchased the sennheiser ifb system, the duet was announced....
  15. I found that an ifb running 2.4Ghz is not a bag friendly solution. Needing to power, and use a booster to get sufficient "punch" is arduous. It was somewhat useful for me for cart use, for about a year. Then came the flury of other 2.4Ghz bandwidth hogs - telex headsets for technocrane crews (using spread spectrum transmission), wireless dmx boxes for lighting, preston iris control and preston follow focus units, Qtake video broadcasting and cellular internet hubs for the mucky mucks The perfect storm is on a three camera day when you have six preston units, and all of the above. As wonderful as the audio quality of the Zaxcom Erx units is, video village is willing to hear something, continuously than something better, intermittently. I did seek guidance from the mothership, and the response was "use another frequency". Wise words. I have been using Sennheiser ifb units this year, on another frequency.... band. No boosters and no interference, and I can transmit in stereo, if that need arises.
  16. the feature is mentioned in this advert. perhaps there is an online manual that mentions the part number of the circuit: http://en-ca.sennheiser.com/closed-headset-tv-radio-broadcast-hme-26
  17. well, the production you are with will be using one of the companies in kenya to help with entry. two of the ones I have worked with, have workstations that can back-up your work, if it is onerous to travel with your laptop. when I click on the .wav file, using the transcend app mentioned in my previous email, it plays. did you need something more than that?
  18. it would be nice to find something that is greater than 2 bays and less than 12....: http://www.lectrosonics.com/US/Categories-listing/product/529-chs12lb50.html
  19. just for clarification, it was the dreamliner's own lithium battery system, not something someone else carried on board, or shipped
  20. ao

    DPA SLIM for ZAXCOM

    I got a response in october from the dpa product manager that a zax version of the slim was some time off, if they were going to do it at all. if this position has changed, that would be good news
  21. in the past, I have had the occasion to talk with the director and script about intelligibility, with little traction. pointing out that the audience won't have the script in front of them, sometimes gets them thinking
  22. I am guessing it's a version of clear butyl, often seen on set. a commercial version that is available in many places that sell expendables is "joe's sticky stuff"
  23. with my cantar, I use this thumbdrive with lightning to access my pdf sound reports and send them with my iphone. you need the transcend iOS app to browse files and help you send files: https://ca.transcend-info.com/apple/jetdrivego300 what might work for you is transcend's rda2 sd card reader with lightning connector: https://ca.transcend-info.com/apple/rda2 should allow you to pop in the sd card from the 688 and load the files on to your ipad. you will need the correct ios app to use with reader. if you decide to try it, please follow up here, so we know what does and does not work
  24. I was going to suggest the meon life pelican battery, but going to the remote audio website indicates some sort of delay: http://remoteaudio.com/products/power/life-box/
  25. eliminating multiple dongles with one adapter: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hyperdrive-thunderbolt-3-usb-c-hub-for-macbook-pro#/ it is annoying to have apple ignore power users
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