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Brian Kaurich

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  1. *UPDATE* It has been about a year since I first built my 80/20 cart and I just wanted to give an update on how it has been working out in the field. I also wanted to answer some questions that I have been receiving. Everyone has been so kind & encouraging and it's nice to receive all the comments and questions. When it comes to loose bolts, I have only had to tighten the ones on the handles and on the bar the handles are attached to. Every time I check the rest of the bolts, they are secure. A couple bolts have fallen off from underneath the right handle because I forgot to
  2. I have been using my 80/20 cart for a few months now on several different projects and I have really put it through its paces. It's been up and down stairs, on and off camera trucks, in and out of my car, and on all types of terrain. It has also been used outside on hot days and into cold nights. I just checked all the bolts (took a little over 5 minutes) and everything is still tight and secure as when I first built it. I'm sure over time several bolts will loosen, but I can't imagine all bolts coming loose and causing a problem. When I was researching 80/20, I had read that the bolts would n
  3. The latency is minimal, a few frames or so, and generally it feels like there is almost no latency at all. The powerline extender works surprisingly well and I've used it with about 200 feet of stinger to get the signal around a beach house, which worked perfectly. The extender unit can be set to duplicate the Wi-Fi signal from the router, or it can be set to act as a separate hotspot with a different SSID and password. The encoder unit stays in the bag, connected to the router with an Ethernet cable, and the tranceiver unit gets plugged into an extension cord. As long as the power cable for t
  4. I used the 80/20 online store to order everything and they charge $2 per cut. I studied the catalog and then used the online store to search for parts in the 10 Series (1" profile) to see what I could work with. I only had a tape measure and my imagination when I was designing the cart, so I made a bunch of sketches to figure out what I would need. An early sketch of the base module is below. I had other sketches that used circles to map out all of the screws that would be needed. It was all very unscientific but thankfully my measurements were correct and it all worked out.
  5. @Philip Perkins: I used the 80/20 ABS haircell panels, which have a smooth side and a textured side. I used Velcro to attach everything to the textured side. @Derek H: No issues with the camera department because the Cubes are not transmitting wirelessly, just the Wi-Fi router is. The Cubes use Ethernet cables to connect to an Apple AirPort Extreme router in a bag. The router is flipped so the fan is at the top and the two Cubes are attached with Velcro. The other side of the bag holds the power cables. Photos are below.
  6. That is the Teradek TeraView app. I have a router connected to two Teradek Cubes, which connect to the monitor outputs at video village. My iPad connects to the router and the TeraView app displays the video signal from each Cube. I'll use a Wi-Fi powerline extender if range becomes an issue.
  7. Thank you all for the kind words. @Mirror: The top module cost about $300 for the 80/20 parts and the base module was about $800. @Wandering Ear: Four T-knob screws secure the top module to the base. Each nut has a set screw to keep it in place, which makes it very easy to line up and tighten quickly. The photos below show how it works.
  8. For awhile I was using a modified baby stroller as a sound cart (seen here) and recently I decided it was time for an upgrade. I liked the idea of a two-module sound cart, much like the RastOrder SU, so I built my own using the 80/20® framing system. I purchased the Chindha recorder brackets first, then designed the top module around that. I then built the base module from the measurements of the top module. I made it wide enough so I can add rack rails in the future if I need to. The top module connects to the b
  9. I agree that the Mix12 has routing limitations related to having only four options for Fader Channel Assignment. It would be amazing to route any analog or digital input to any fader on the Mix12 but that is not an option I have found with my Fusion 12. Perhaps the Deva16 has the option for infinite routing of the faders? Many times I would have been happy with faders 1-6 for digital inputs and 7-12 for analog inputs, but that is not even an option! Only four options for fader routing (#1: 1-6A, 7-12D), (#2: 1-8A, 9-12D), (#3: 1-8D, 9-12A), (#4: 1-4A, 1-8D) and I find that very limiting. Despi
  10. Here are some current photos of my always-evolving stroller sound cart. I listened to the comments about the chaotic appearance and made some changes to clean it up. I have added a Zaxcom Mix-8 attached to an adjustable arm and the Fusion keyboard was moved to a much more convenient spot on the stroller. I removed most of the Lectrosonics wireless from the setup but a Lectro SRb receiver is still available on the bag if needed. I moved the phone-charging USB hub to inside the organizer basket. No more cable mess. I was very impressed with the Sound Guys Solutions new qu
  11. The advantages, for me, are too many to list and I prefer to work this way. What works for me probably won't work for most. I also prefer to have two boom operators at all times, which the producers make room in the budget for, but again, that is just how I prefer to work and it's not for everyone.
  12. The producers are generally the first ones to plug in their phones to get charged on the stroller, so I'm not too worried.
  13. Here are a few photos of my updated stroller cart. The Fusion is the master recorder with the Nomad now recording a 6-track backup through AES as well as operating as a Zaxnet controller for the transmitters. A small 2.4GHz one watt booster is connected between the Nomad's Zaxnet RF connector and a 9dBi directional antenna. A fanless 175 watt DC to AC modified sine wave power inverter (yellow box) was added which is connected to the Remote Audio Hot Strip with the PSC Pelican LiFE battery underneath the sound bag. The inverter allows the 2.4GHz booster to receive power from the battery w
  14. George, that is a great setup and I love how compact it is. I really like the shelf below for the battery. Here is a photo I took when I wrapped out on my last project, ironically in front of the exterior of Paddy's Pub.
  15. Here are a few more photos of my stroller sound cart.
  16. I'll try not to make it look too easy and thank you for the inspiration, George. It already made my life easier when I was loading the gear since I live on the third floor and there is no elevator. Before I had a rack case with a 25 lb battery system and there was just too much unnecessary weight in the case. -Brian
  17. I was impressed with photos I saw of George Flores' stroller sound cart (seen here) and I decided to go with the same stroller for my cart. The Petrol bag is sitting on a PSC Pelican LiFE battery connected to a Remote Audio Hot Strip, which routes power to the BDS on the bag. The Hot Strip also trickle-charges the battery when connected to external power. The Nomad is recording an eight-channel backup through AES using a standard VGA monitor cable connected to the Fusion. The antenna mast is a cheap light stand with the base removed and attached using Mafer clamps. I had a Lectrosonic
  18. I can only speak from my experience but I have used ZaxNet on several movies that employed the same post-production sound facility and there were never any complaints or mention of issues. There can be range issues when trying to adjust gain remotely if the transmitter is too far away. Timecode stays in sync since each wireless unit has an internal generator that it will switch to if it gets out of range, then back to ZaxNet when it is in range. I believe I read somewhere that the internal generator used in each wireless unit is the same used in the Fusion/Deva, but I could be mistaken.
  19. I was looking at some photos today and felt I should share my experience using Zaxcom's ZaxNet on the Lifetime movie, “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening.” I have been using Zaxcom gear on all of my projects for a couple years now and not long ago I started taking advantage of the benefits that ZaxNet provides. This project was filmed in March 2012. During my first conversation with the post department for this movie, I was told that they would be providing me with four timecode lock-it boxes (2 for cameras, 1 for my recorder, & 1 backup). I was able to talk them into letting me use my Zaxcom E
  20. *UPDATE* It has been almost a year since I first posted about the Teradek Cube and I just wanted to add more of my thoughts about it. I was originally using one Cube for reality TV work, with great success, and I have since added a second one for film work. Teradek has updated the design with the Cube-155 which has an internal Li-Ion battery, OLED display, microSD slot, and a lot of other features which makes it excellent for the field. http://www.teradek.com/pages/cube I now have my two Cubes connected to an Apple AirPort Extreme. This allows anyone with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod
  21. My iPod is attached to a small Velcro piece from a Petrol bag, which I folded over to angle the iPod at me. This attaches to the Velcro on the sound bag. Nothing glamorous and for now, it works. The Teradek Cube is attached to the camera between the Lectrosonics slot receiver and the large microwave transmitter. It's the small black box with the little antenna. This is our stunned camera assistant and his iPhone. He couldn't believe that he could get the camera feed from now on. This is the hood mount that the camera assistant made for me out of black wrap and g
  22. The recent firmware updates for the Cube have made it pretty much plug-and-play. I just plug it into the camera and it connects to the iPod through the Quick Stream link, no router needed. Our camera assistant also connects to the Cube with his iPhone so he can see the display for battery/tape changes. The Cube works great for us. When I use it on feature films with my Zaxcom IFB100, I use a 2.4 GHz spectrum analysis program (http://www.metageek.net/) to see exactly where the best frequency is. This helps immensely when using anything in the 2.4 GHz band. -Brian
  23. The Cube does have a 1/2 second delay but this has not been a problem for me. The system rebooting during a battery change can be annoying but since I'm a sound mixer, I can wait for the picture. Dean, my sound bag has evolved quite a bit on this show. Season One I had my Sound Devices 442 & 744T with three radios. Season Two I had my 788T with seven radios. Season Three the production company decided to stop renting my gear and to rent all the sound gear from a rental house. After a short revolt when they gave us the Wendt X5 to use, we now have the setup that is pictured above.
  24. With a Teradek Cube encoder attached to a camera, the video transmission can be connected to over WiFi. I work as a sound mixer on a truTV show called Hardcore Pawn and I receive the video feed from my camera on an iPod Touch. I power the iPod from the USB port on a Remote Audio BDSv4u box and this allows the iPod to stay on all day. The ability to see the exact frame has made me a much better sound mixer for this show, which is filmed at a Detroit pawn shop. When the customers start getting angry and wild, the video feed on my iPod helps to show me exactly how close I can get my boom mic
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