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  1. Absolutely! Damaged or poorly shielded BNC cables plugged into this camera body "leak" rf, interfering with our tools. And yes, wireless FF is also a possibility, but not quite as frequent as the BNC cable issue. power camera down, then try powering on with one new cable at a time on the camera.
  2. When dealing with many companies, having a penalty rate in the contract (repeated on the invoice) and a discount of 5% for speedy payment often triggers a mandatory speedy payment to you. The government of our state (GA) and the accounting rules for subcontractors to that state enforce their taking advantage of any discount of 5%. Many companies mirror this required practice. And it can make a "net Whenever" client into a "net 10 day" client. Make sure your base rate reflects a high enough fee to have this be worth your while. If I have to request a late fee at 60 days or later, I want to fire that client anyway, and I will try to collect the late fee.
  3. mozgear Tig? should give you pass through audio and timecode on an audio track.
  4. can you borrow another system to compare? just a single transmitter and receiver. You may have a bad transmitter. You still won't get a headphone signal out of the receiver with bnc antenna
  5. I have been pondering this as well. The Cl-12 will work with a 664. the 664 will record 12 inputs. The fact that the analog side of the 664 keeps right on mixing and passing through signal has helped me on an efp job or two which had client provided bad media cause recording lockups. the 688 won't do this. if it locks up, the outputs quit as well. I have mixed commercials and overlap days on tv, and dialog unit on features on the 664. I would have liked the imporved matrix assignment capabilities of the 688, but they were not essential.
  6. used an arri mini all week. it was 2 frames off with a Ambient lockit connected all day long. But a stable 2 frames offset. recorder was SD664
  7. I worked with Tippi in the early 1990's and while she was willing to discuss Shangri La, her rescue camp for big cats, she did not mention the film at all. She did say that she was glad to have some TV acting to help her financially recover and not just abandon the animals back home, as they could not be re-introduced to the wild.
  8. I suppose there's a provision for a safe hot swap? For reality tv gigs?
  9. Oh.. if they insist on vhs, I expect it to be either NTSC 29.97 or PAL 25 fps fwiw on your record settings. The ingest path is likely to be imprecise and non frame accurate, though. I like the idea of recording the feed from the camera to a Kipro or better a PIX, with a TC lockit on that device . An SVHS camera is more likely to have a video out than a VHS one... and will look enough like VHS to preserve the look.
  10. This is simply put, a bad idea. Use a pro camera, use paper tape on the monitor and eyepiece to mask aspect ratio, and alter the look in post. Last year I worked on a batch of VOD projects for a VH1 TV series where we used vintage betacams, which I could at least Daisy chain timecode. (they didn't want to pay for genlock capable TC Lockits). We discovered that the ingest and transfer costs (and failure rate on the camera bodies) was so high, that they would have done better to use an Arri, Sony, or Red camera and apply a lockit.
  11. $450 a day is on the low side of the rate for up to 6 channel cart in my market. Try to get them to rent the slates and TC boxes outside of your kit, if you don't own them. about 10 comteks and 2 IFBs would be the support for this kind of package on a pilot or low budget film in my market. this does not include labor at all.
  12. If its a project you want to do, and they can agree to a labor rate you can afford to accept, but requires extra gear, invite them to rent that gear. In Canada, you have well stocked rental houses. While you can cross rent on their behalf, and may be able to negotiate a little on the published rates, you are taking on some liability with an indie if there is loss or damage. The line in the sand that I have drawn is on production insurance. Your gear must be covered by a binder which lists you as a loss payee and co-insured certificate holder (thats the legal language in the USA). AND the production must agree in writing to cover the deductible costs. Also, they need to clearly take responsibility for any loss and damage that they are unwilling to submit as claims to their insurance.
  13. Tram one with sticky stuff or super topstick? Or.. Sennheiser ZH100-ANT... looks perfect
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