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Jim Feeley

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  1. Jim Feeley

    Sanken Cs-M1 new mike

    Maybe they aren't widely available, only a few are out in the field, and they're currently backordered. As seems to be the case.
  2. Jim Feeley

    time code box

    There was a discussion of that here a couple years ago. Not too long a thread, and some hands-on reports from people here:
  3. Jim Feeley

    Rycote acquired by The Vitec Group.

    Some camera people elsewhere on the web think Vitec has resulted in crappier tripods from Sachtler, and not just the low-end Ace line. Also, there's talk about LitePanels LEDs getting less reliable (but earlier LitePanel lights weren't super reliable. Luckily, I guess, my Astras are doing OK though they don't see daily use). So who the heck knows what will happen. My Rycote kit is still working fine. I have other things to worry about for now. 🙂
  4. Jim Feeley

    waterproofing and mounting a lectro bodypack?

    I've had good luck with an Aquapac waterproof bag/case designed for transmitters. Worked better for me that double heavy-duty ziplock bags, etc (though perhaps there's a better techinque for that than what I've encountered). This looks like similar (and currently available) models: https://aquapacusa.com/?s=microphone&post_type=product Below is a picture of one of the two models I found on their site. I've also used modified otterboxes (like Pelican Microcases) that were modifed by Trew Audio (IIRC) to perform similar waterproofing. But to be clear: My uses have been in sweaty, splashy, and rainy environments. Lots of water for prolonged periods, but not constant full immersion. That's what the Aquapacs are designed to withstand; I just don't have personal experience with that. Perhaps someone else here can say if they live up to their claims. And while the B6 should work, if you have a mic like a Countryman EMW, there's less chance of a water droplet clogging the mic opening. Or so my anecdotal (and not immersive) experience tells me. There's one opinion. Let's see what others suggest.
  5. Jim Feeley

    Oktava MK-012 testing

    As Phil and others suggest, for Oktavas, it REALLY helps to hear the exact microphone you're going to buy. Or buy from The Sound Room, which in the past (and probably still currently) had a good track record of actually rejecting (and not selling) individual mics with serious flaws. That's where my MK-012s came from, and they seem pretty good for the breed. https://sound-room.com/home For you, living way away from everything, maybe see if a mixer or two will be visiting the Main Workshops in Rockport. Or maybe trek down to Boston and buy lunch for a couple local mixers (there are some good ones in that town). Or head down to NYC and visit Gotham Sound (and perhaps a couple friendly/hungry mixers), and give a bunch of mics a listen. I've rented/demoed mics before buying; good dealers can help arrange that...sometimes the rental fee can be applied towards the purchase price. But you know, I've bought microphones without first hearing them. Based on my experience with other mics, the opinions of people I trust (including many here), and the ability to return a mic if it really isn't working for me, that works. Also, I just do small jobs. Unlike a bunch of people here, I don't own and buy tons of mics. There's no local location-audio dealer here (San Francisco bay area), and I'm dealing with it. For the better mics, there's consistency from unit to unit...also note that for these mics, specialty dealers such at Gotham, Trew, and others offer basically the same prices as the box stores such as B&H, Sweetwater, etc...and the specialty dealers usually offer expertise in our arcane field. (Sorry if this is all obvious).
  6. Jim Feeley

    UltraSync BLUE - Timecode over Bluetooth from TCS

    It looks like you don't need to buy into the whole TCS world, just part of it. Again, it looks like BLUE can control (at some level) the $300usd UltraSync One TC/Gen box. That's not free, but will let Blue have some control over say, a 633. But I kinda doubt 633-class productions are the target market. The video shows phones, GoPros, etc. Would be great to hear from someone at TCS fill us in.
  7. Jim Feeley

    UltraSync BLUE - Timecode over Bluetooth from TCS

    Some mirrorless cameras... Like the Panasonic GH5, Sony A7 (don't recall which models). I think I have that right. The new MixPres. At least some Atomos recorders. But will they work with this app, and can TCS do the work necessary or do they need the camera/recorder people to help? I'm not clear on that (ignorance on my part, not doubt at this point). TCS says support for Zoom F8n is coming. And as the video shows, BLUE can work with other TCS products, such as their little UltraSync TC/Genlock box. So I guess the idea is if a shoot combines consumer & professional cameras, recorders, etc, then BLUE can ease getting them all on the same TC. Not sure if dropouts are a problem, and if so how those are handled. But you know, if the consumer cameras & phones are just rather close to the professional devices' TC, that's not so bad. And maybe it'll be another inexpensive scripty/logging link... Maybe...I'm just winging it here...
  8. Hmmm... From Timecode Systems: UltraSync BLUE is simple, low-cost, and has the potential to synchronise any camera or sound recording device with Bluetooth®connectivity. There are no cables and no mounting issues, giving you more freedom to shoot from creative angles with smaller, more mobile cameras. It can even sync iPhones. UltraSync BLUE is our first product to synchronise over Bluetooth®. Once connected, timecode is transmitted wirelessly from the UltraSync BLUE directly into the media file of connected devices. By removing the restrictions of a wired connection, crews not only benefit from extra convenience, but also get even more versatility to choose how they sync. Use a single UltraSync BLUE unit to sync up to four recording devices shooting in close range over Bluetooth®. Or alternatively, connect the UltraSync BLUE to a Timecode Systems RF network and sync to other camera and audio recorders using Timecode Systems units on the same channel. *A patented, timing protocol delivers unparalleled accuracy for the exchange of timecode over Bluetooth®. *After first set-up, UltraSync BLUE automatically recognises your device. *Use one UltraSync BLUE to feed frame-accurate timecode to up to four devices filming in close range (up to 10m) over Bluetooth®. *Or, use long-range RF to sync multiple UltraSync BLUEs, or to sync to other Timecode Systems products. *Timecode is embedded into the media file and automatically recognised by professional NLEs. *£125 | $179 | €149 More info and stuff here: https://www.timecodesystems.com/products-home/ultrasyncblue/ 90-second video from Timecode Systems:
  9. Jim Feeley

    cycling to work

    Ya, plucking spokes and using tone to establish relative tension is a useful, fun, and very old technique. Back in the day when I was a shop mechanic and then as an itinerant bike racer built wheels for other racers as what would now be called a side hustle, we used tuning pipes with different pitches as targets for wheels with different length spokes, rims, etc. We would argue about whether you should pluck spokes with finger nails or guitar picks, and if picks, which one. But I used the technique more for establishing relative tension than absolute tension. Also for showing off; it impressed the hell out of people. 🙂 Perhaps at Easton, with the same rims, spokes, pattern, etc., they can fully build a wheel just by tone. Also, those people clearly build a whole lot of similar wheels day in and day out. But most serious builders I know also use a spoke tensiometer. The tensiometer is great for determining absolute tension, and that's really important. Then you can use tone to make sure sets of spokes have the same tension. Maybe that's a bigger deal if you build different sorts of wheels in a month; I haven't built wheels in a long time. But I really dig the craft behind bike wheels. So Easton didn't invent or uniquely use that technique, but it's a cool video. Always good when wheelbuilders get to show off. 🙂
  10. Jim Feeley

    Deity Connect.

    IIRC, these are scheduled to first be available in about six months. Hopefully, Andrew can fill us in a bit more...
  11. Jim Feeley

    Who do you use for personal Equipment insurance?

    🙂 Ah, insurance policies... Considering Kat Wong at Athos used to work for Heffernan (for at least a while), she and her staff might be familiar with policies such as David's. When you have way more than a minute, maybe try giving Athos (IIRC, your broker) another ring and ask for a debabelizing conversation? Then let us know what you find; I need to shift around my insurance to since there's some genuinely higher-risk stuff coming up. Also: Colleagues in cold climes (esp US-based colleagues for this particular question), what does your insurance cover and who are you working?
  12. Jim Feeley

    Who do you use for personal Equipment insurance?

    Bummer. So the "including snow" optional coverage that Athos talks about in the text and video above only applies when the ambient air temp is above freezing? Or is it some sort of "nothing below zero-degrees Fahrenheit (~ -18C)"? Could be, but I wonder what brokers/carriers everyone in colder climes use.
  13. Jim Feeley

    Who do you use for personal Equipment insurance?

    Athos is an insurance broker rather than an insurance company/provider, right? As in: they help arrange coverage some big-old insurance company. A totally useful service considering the complexities of our business and the byzantine world of insurance. So Anyway... I'd guess you can get extra coverage for all sorts situations, including cold situations. Ah, they talk about that here in a 35-second video: Equipment That Goes Afloat, Above, and/or Underwater (Including snow) If you take your equipment afloat, above, or underwater (including snow), this would be an extra option you have to add. Please see this short educational video for more information.
  14. Jim Feeley

    Deity Connect.

    Perhaps Rode was thinking with a 10mW tx, just one version could be sold worldwide (Japan, for example, sets a 10mW limit, right?). And perhaps they worry that the low-end of their market would think, "I want one with more em double yous" rather than "this works for me." And this page makes it look like the RODElink beltpack puts out 11mW https://fccid.io/2AEAN391001 But weird that Rode is so secretive... Anyway, if there is a tx power difference, that could account for all/most/some of the range difference between Rode and Deity, no? I'll keep a casual eye on Deity's stuff, but it's going to take a lot of to convince me that they're for me. I mean, I need four new channels, and I'd be happy to save $8,000+, but I'm not going to be first in town to buy these. Not a slag; we'll probably see these all over the place.