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  1. Philip Perkins

    Zaxnet 2.0

    I think what Zax would have to do to make that feature work for the Nomad would be quite a bit more complex? Higher fi audio, and the likelihood that a user might be rolling on several TX @ once, all with different dropout points, etc...
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    Production company scam?

    It might be phishing, so I'd consider forwarding it to the abuse@ address of your ISP.
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    Production company scam?

    Yeah, and I would have advised not responding to the initial enquiry at all....
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    Lectro sra to srb upgrade. What's it worth?

    Much recommended if you plan to keep using your SRa.
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    Red Weapon 8K Audio Issue

    Not at first. The Auricon Cinevoice I shot at the start of my career recorded OPTICAL sound on film. Many of these cameras were converted to mag stripe recording later on. The CP-16 came along much later, there were several companies that used Auricon film transports in either modified or rebuilt bodies (General Camera, Frezzolini, etc). Cinema Products won the war because they came along with an entirely new camera that fixed many of the problems of the Auricon conversion units. Even so, the Auricons and the conversion cams kept being used almost until the advent of video news shooting in many small markets.
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    The Sony Venice!

    I was back on 2 "well-loved" F55s for the last two days, and the AC and I agreed that the weird latency of the menus is really maddening, esp when you are in a hurry. Since these cameras had had a lotta lovin' the menu encoders were kind of worn, so the menus would jump around unpredictably even when you turned the encoder slowly.... Venice=Way Better.
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    New wireless TX deviation rules October '18

    I didn't really figure that more people on 50 actually WOULD result in more channels avail for individual soundies @ big events.... I figure if they FCs ended up with extra slots they would try to accommodate MORE people + orgs, rather than giving existing users more channels, since there always seemed to be people who came in at the last minute and found no room avail.
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    New wireless TX deviation rules October '18

    There was some little talk about how the 50k wires would allow greater numbers of units to operate together at large wireless-intensive events (conventions, sports etc). Is it possible that those events will start to require the use of 50k units in order to preregister them/ It seems like having a mix of 75 and 50k units might complicate things for RF coordinators, is why I ask. I'm sorry you have to go through all the retesting crap, and I appreciate you going to bat for all of us w/ the FCC. I do think this change will end up selling some wirelesses, though, since high-end users will want to have their full inventory cross-compatible if they can.
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    IMAX 3D Digital Camera Timecode?

    As was said, 3D shoots need genlocked cameras, and the easy way to do that is Lockits, so the cam folks should have them already.
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    The Sony Venice!

    I would call the Venice audio "fine", like the F55, not great, ie ok for a doc and pretty easy to set up. The horrible latency that was part of the F55 menu experience is gone.
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    New IFB headphones from Halter Technical

    That is a great price! That makes them an expendable, which is truly what they end up being treated as!
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    So far only Fantasy Studios is closing, for reasons other folks I know who have offices in the tower part of the building weren't sure of. They assured me that they all had leases and weren't going anywhere right away anyhow.
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    New IFB headphones from Halter Technical

    I look forward to hearing the new one, and maybe comparing my current one to another unit to see if mine has an issue.
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    New IFB headphones from Halter Technical

    Do they sound good? I ask because I have their little ear bud with clip thing (from trew) which is very convenient but kind of lo-fi....
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    Oh, the condo buildings in SF are fully occupied I assure you. There seems to be no limit to how much people will pay to buy or rent them. A bunch of new recording studios have started up (somehow) in the SF area ( Oakland mostly) recently, but none of them have orchestra-big rooms like Fantasy. Maybe Skywalker will finally build some new smaller studios to complement the one big one they have....plenty of room to expand out there.
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    I'm hoping that this might be a case of a new landlord raising the rent, and looking for a new tenant that might operate the studio....come on, Rich Tech Bros--step up!
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    What's the Ipad for? The point of connecting TC to the camera is to avoid slates or any TC display, right? And an Ipad is a terrible slate, believe me.
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    There are lots of other ways to slate a film camera silently, incl the camera shooting an "open" slate or other TC display, a bloop light, or even old-school "pilot-suppression" type bloops. If these folks have the back end of the project together--like they have way to get the film TC into a form that will let them have the TC metadata of the picture files they make in transfer have that TC then it should be able to be treated like any video camera file and autosynced in Resolve or etc. The Tentacle on the camera isn't an issue as long as the camera is happy with the format and volume level of the code. Do a test....all the way thru telecine....of course!
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    Gone, they say, as of Sept. 15. Fantasy Studios has dodged a lot of bullets over the years and kept going, and we here in the SF area thought they were doing OK: the studios seemed pretty busy and they brought the new dubstage online just a short while ago (the rebuilt dubstage was run by the music studio folks, unlike the old days w/ Saul Zaentz). So it's kind of a potential triple-whammy for the film community in SF: the only remaining major recording studio complex in town, the only "bookable" dubstage in town (ie that isn't out in Nicasio!) and the office and work rooms of a great many SF area film professionals all on the block at once. I hope the reality of what goes down isn't that we lose all of those.
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    Arriflex 416 and Timecode

    The Arri TC worked fine (as I recall) but the issue was always whether or not the telecine facility had the proprietary reader to read it (and the facility then also had to have the infrastructure to USE that TC). I think I recall it all being part of some sort of auto-syncing scheme, like Aaton's Origine C deal. If the telecine folks have this together and can make the telecine device talk to a computer playing your files etc then cool. It seems like an extra oddball hassle to do compared with just doing an MOS film transfer and then syncing up in an NLE like everyone else does anymore. I'd be idly curious to know why they want to do this or what the film-TC is about here...?
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    Those recordings were all owned by someone else (the old stuff by Saul Zaentz and Concord Jazz etc.). The big loss to the community is the engineering staff (who will still be around freelancing I hope) and the rooms themselves, which would be impossible to recreate today without the spending of millions of dollars more or less not available to the music studio business any more. I hope someone has A Plan, but I haven't heard one yet. I don't know if the whole complex (incl the tower and the parking lot) was sold as well or if it is just the wing (really a separate building) containing the music studios. I know many filmmakers, editors and sound post people who have workspace in the tower, it's been a great community for a long time and I'd hate to see that community broken up.
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    Abisonic Microphones

    The Ambeo (anyhow) didn't seem any more delicate than any other fine mic. Soundfield mics have been around forever and used in every sort of environment. If it is a mission-critical thing on your project you need to have a Plan B with you.
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    Anyone had experience with Lectrosonics 190 series?

    +1 anything 200-onward. Later Lectros (hybrid) sound better to me than 211s etc, but range wise I never noticed a diff with my 411, SR etc stuff. 200s use A LOT of power, is the main downside.
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    Keeping current and abreast of new techniques

    In the SF area there are still a lot of ILM photo-chemical vets working, people who spent years managing rigs like the Tondreu and other early computer-controlled tracking rigs used to fly cameras by models, often doing multiple passes on the same piece of film to save the resolution loss of film compositing. I did a little of it, it felt like slow death and I scurried back to location work. Not work for people with short attention-spans.
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    Anyone had experience with Lectrosonics 190 series?

    I rode my 185s well into the UHF age. Bill Ruck used to say that they basically ended his RF maintenance business, since they required far less frequent tuning (on a bench) than the wirelesses we had prior to those. I still miss those tiny, rugged RX. The long antennas, not so much. 1 9v batt for the RX!!
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