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  1. Check the capacitor that connects the antenna to the circuit board- if the antenna gets hit, it can crack the cap which can make it intermittent and give you a result similar to what you are describing. Cheers, Brent Calkin.
  2. Yes, indeed. Thank you Martin.
  3. A few points about the tubular style battery holders with the teeth that shred the outer casing of the battery. The reason I use them, despite their destructive nature, is 'cause they are way more convenient to grab a single battery with one hand, while moving fast on a doc shoot- I can't use a battery case with a lid that holds 4 batteries- that's a recipe for 3 batteries on the ground and one in my hand... Also they are great for showing you which batteries are charged or not depending on which end is stuck in the case. But they sure make a mess of the wimpy plastic sheath that rechargeable batteries are wrapped in... which can lead to dead shorting batteries in some (badly designed) metal lined battery compartments, or, more likely, bits of plastic sheath covering the end terminal and interrupting current flow, or just bunching up and making it hard or bloody impossible to get the batteries out of the device they are in. To deal with the problem of the jaggedy battery tube: First, you can dremel or cut the "tooth" to be smoother and not as big or abrasive- be careful about cutting too much off, since it will let the battery fall out. This lets you do the one handed battery change, although it is still possible to do damage to the battery over time, 'cause there is still some friction. The other trick is to bend up the "tooth" (which is on a flexible tab) with a fingernail of the opposite hand that is grasping the battery while inserting or extracting it. It's not too difficult, though it takes away the ability to do a one handed battery exchange. This is the way I do it when changing batteries in a non hurried fashion at the beginning of the day or lunch... These might be super obvious tricks to some of you all- but it took me a while to figure them out, and a lot of damaged battery casings, so I though I'd share, especially since it's often the tiny things that can make a big difference... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  4. Short answer- All things with lithium batteries, as well as loose lithium batteries, should be hand carried into the cabin. No battery quantity restrictions if they are under 100 watt hours. All loose batteries should have their contacts taped or otherwise protected from shorting. All fragile things that will stop your shoot if they get lost or delayed in checked baggage should be in the hand carried into the cabin. Make sure you pack your carry on so that it's not too dense for the scanner- or that you can easily separate the contents. Boom pole might get rejected at security so put it in checked luggage along with everything else that you trust can take a 5 foot drop onto concrete. Keep Cheers, Brent Calkin
  5. In the first 2 weeks of my 633's first film shoot, there were 9 glitches- they all happened on day 4 of shooting and had pretty random groupings with 2 glitches on 1 take, 4 glitches on another, 1 glitch apiece on two more takes, and 3 glitches on another take. I was using Lexar Professional 64 GB 400X speed SD cards and Sandisk Extreme CF cards- Both were approved media at the time. Both types of media had the glitches in the exact same spot, when I put the files up on Protools.... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  6. With the Mini series, Arri is obviously trying to beat RED for the title of "weirdest, most changeable, and most annoying audio inputs" ever found on a camera. At least the LF mini has the input in the back side rather than in the front face where an audio plugin interferes with the lens mounts... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  7. Hi Palmer, the static noise on the file that you describe, is similar to what happened to my 633 when it was very new. Occasional random white noise spikes simultaneously across all channels of the audio files, with no indication while monitoring the original recording. In my case it showed up on both the SD and CF cards, which were both recording 48k 24bit. SD said it was an intermittent problem in the main digital bus and quickly replaced my entire mixer with a new one. (it was under warranty at the time) Terrifying problem- I'm glad I've never seen it again on my newer 633. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  8. When my 633 was new I had a sporadic issue where the main digital audio bus would randomly and intermittently fail and send white noise spikes into the audio files. On both recording media. There was no indication in headphones that this was happening, nor did it show up in the outputs. I was informed about the problem by the assistant editor who was syncing dailies. I've always done a split boom/lavs track to camera via a high quality radio. Having that good pair of tracks on the camera allowed most of those noise spikes to be repaired. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  9. I do like the Ambients, but the random lock-up is really getting up my nose. I can't figure out how to prevent it. I keep them greased, as per instructions, but every once in a blue moon they really lock- like I can't even release it with a Leatherman. This thread actually just reminded me that I have a locked one in my bag right now, it happened last week on an out of town shoot, and I finished the day by just screwing off the jammed end from the mic suspension. Going to go to the toolbox right now to get 2 pairs of channel lock pliers to release it. If anyone has a solution to this, please enlighten us! Cheers, Brent Calkin
  10. There is a constant fan setting that will work for you- but in a quiet room the camera will definitely become your noise floor. I just finished a doc using 3 Reds in a tight configuration for interviews. We never had a fan come full on and ruin a take, but I could always hear the cameras breathing. On the plus side, the distant highway was masked somewhat... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  11. Tight mesh head net that goes over a brimmed hat for bugs. Long sleeves and pants. (A reminder that DEET insect repellent can melt plastic) Sachtler rain poncho - a bit unbreathable in humid conditions, or if you have to run in it, but very effective for keeping your rig dry. Be careful with the hydration system- damn things can leak at the worst times all over your gear. I prefer to keep water separate from my rig as much as possible. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  12. The newer pelican latches can be used to replace the old finger breakers. They look like the aftermarket latches in the image in the above post. Except black. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  13. I'll second Dave's suggestion. Going to Facebook for manufacturer's information drives me crazy. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  14. Freeheel

    Red question

    The more modern REDs have a single 3.5 MM TRS input. The older ones are as Trey describes. That cable should work if it's properly wired to separate each channel into an unbalanced output, with one channel on Tip and Sleeve, and the other on Ring and Sleeve. The problem may be with the RED. Make sure audio recording is turned on in the Menu, and external inputs are turned on and turned up to the appropriate gain level. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  15. +1 And it's saved my butt with some pretty high profile interviews. Never want to have to make excuses for why you can't do the job you were flown half way around the world to do. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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