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Everything posted by Freeheel

  1. Fun to see this thread again 7 years later! I will confirm Philip's confirmation on the 744 being quite a nasty sprayer of RF when in a bag, and it was a big part of my push to quickly get a 633 seven years ago once I determined it didn't have the same problem. As Larry stated, the separation you have with your antennas should make the spray of the 744 pretty negligible. It generally only took a few inches of spacing to knock down the spurious spray enough to stop worrying about it. Hard to do in a bag, but not an issue with a 10 ft antenna. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  2. I would totally agree, David, except the one time I did record barnacles opening was 5 am on the North Coast of British Columbia, foggy, no wind, waves or swell. Occasional birds. The closest thing to a silent beach I have ever heard. (But I take your point as well. A bit of a rarity) Cheers, Brent Calkin
  3. My experience is the same as Trey. My Schoeps is marginally noisier than my 50, though not enough to notice in a dialogue situation. But if I'm recording the sound of barnacles opening on a silent beach, I'm going to be using my 50... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  4. I have a couple from the '80's that have serial numbers in the 28000, so if they are consecutive in any way, yours could be fairly old. (not sure how the serial numbering works for 416's) Mine has 3 of the round things on the circuit board, so 2 shouldn't be unusual. The "messiness" of the circuit board looks similar to mine, though mine has a significantly different layout. (Mine is also a T power to 48 PH convert, so all circuit layout bets are off anyway) Mine has the white fibre stuffed in the end. The machining looks similar to mine. My nose piece is way more concave, yours looks qui
  5. Is this a specific SRA or are you asking generally? Many SRAs were upgraded to SRBs because Lectro offered a very generous upgrade path. The ones that were done in the States should have been laser etched with upgrade markings. For those done in other markets, you'll have to rely on the seller's documentation. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  6. Get a 50. And treat the room with some sound absorbent material- as even better microphones do not make reverberation go away. The 416 is definitely not a good indoor mic, and though I have not used one, the 8060 is also an interference tube mic, and though it will likely sound better than the 416, it is also not the ideal tool for use indoors. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  7. I like my 744t as well, and haven't tried to get rid of it. I kept it as my M/S machine as well, although the ease of routing for ISOs and iPhone entering Metadata has meant that my MixPre 10t is taking over that job... You can make the 7xx series fail. If you let the hard drive get more than 90% full, you can have a "Slow Media" record failure that can also take out the files on your CF card !!! Not a happy moment, when you realize that this has happened. The CF is not a failsafe media for the Hard drive... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  8. For a microphone cable that will see coiling and uncoiling, I'd recommend the Mogami. The individual balanced strands seem fragile, but I've got 20 year old Mogami Stereo balanced cable that is still fine. Canare, as Doug mentioned, is even more bombproof but doesn't handle nearly as nicely. I'd be a little wary of that particular Belden cable as a mic cable. It is designed for fixed installations, where the cable is only flexed once or twice when installing and then never moves again. It uses a foil shield that will break down if used as a run and gun stereo mic cable, which
  9. 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.
  10. Yes, indeed. Thank you Martin.
  11. 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 s
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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,
  17. 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 h
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. I'll second Dave's suggestion. Going to Facebook for manufacturer's information drives me crazy. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  22. 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
  23. +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
  24. Yes, it stays connected quite well, even when doing other things with your phone, or cycling the 633. Occasionally (maybe a couple times in a full week) Wingman loses the 633, but you push the "SD" button on the Wingman phone screen and the serial number of your machine pops up, press it and you're back on. Takes about 2 seconds longer than if it had stayed locked. Cheers, Brent
  25. I gave up on using a keyboard with the 633, Flaky and frustrating. Started using my iPhone and Wingman, and it works brilliantly - apart from always appearing to be on your phone as soon as the cameras stop rolling... Cheers, Brent Calkin
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