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Jim Feeley

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  1. A quote from your related post on the bigfoot thread: "I'm sort of looking at the food service cart...as a way of having a place to set down my bag rig that isn't on the floor or ground or on a piece of location furniture and isn't as easy to knock over as a simple light stand/platform rig." That looks pretty cool. I've used a roll-up camping table (and chair) to hold my bag. Coleman makes (well, probably just distributes) them. REI carries a couple models. There are a few examples here: http://www.amazon.com/NRS-Roll-A-Table/dp/B0042NNZOO/ref=pd_sbs_sg_9 No shelves, no wheels. But the ones I've used fit in carrying bags with shoulder straps. Cost under $100. But the cart you show looks useful...
  2. Chad, Thanks for being straight up about this. Lots of people here carry conflicts of interest. And that's not terrible so long as we all know what's up. I have some, and disclose them where appropriate...haven't had a reason to here, but I have on RAMPS (back in the day...sigh), and elsewhere. So thanks again. Jim
  3. Hi Chad, I see that you're a fan of Rode gear. That's cool. But just for the record, have you ever received any compensation from Rode or affiliates? Like payments for anything, travel compensation, free gear, or long-term loans? And thanks for posting your comparisons. Jim
  4. I know just the DP for this project: http://www.facebook.com/dpredwizard
  5. ASUS is an established company...They've made OEM PC motherboards (and other equipment) for lots of desktop machines from a bunch of companies...perhaps even the ones built by your employers. Ya, there are lots of crappy Windows laptops out there...also plenty of good ones. I currently have a MacBook Pro and a HP laptop. The MBP is newer and fancier. The HP works well enough... Though as I said earlier, if I buy another Windows laptop, it will probably be a Lenovo ThinkPad (and will also run Ubuntu, so that's not really Windows...) Phil, what did/will you end up ordering?
  6. I'm not as experienced as you, but most of my experience recording cyclists and bikes has been for docs. The few gigs that weren't were for commercials. So I had access to and/or control over the bikes. Most racers in the US are amateur hobbyists. And pros have plenty of downtime before their races. Sure, you can't bum-rush a guy minutes before the start. But with planning and coordination (between rider, staff, mechanic, etc.), you can find time to wire up a rider before the race... assuming you want race sounds...
  7. Ya, I've approach it like Phil. I've mic'd lots of cyclists. Helmet, glasses, or hair/hat, tx in back jersey pocket...a bit of boom from a follow vehicle. I tried mounting mics on bikes, but didn't get what I wanted. After reading dfisk's post, perhaps I'll try again. Speaking of rigging tiny cameras all over bikes, in 2011 looks like we'll be using over a dozen GoPros, painted black, for some re-creations of races from 100 years ago... Jim
  8. CEO of the Decade absolutely makes sense. But Person of the Year? What about Julian Assange, maybe Zuckerberg, or Nick Pittsinger, reportedly the guy who used Paulstretch to turn Justin Bieber's pop tune "U Smile" into a 30-minute ambient masterpiece? It's harder to find now than this summer, but here's a link to an excerpt: 800% Slower
  9. Lenovo ThinkPads, at least their non-cheapest versions, seem to hold up pretty well. I may buy one next week (end of year sales + tax write off). Don't go too cheap...the under-$700 laptops appear to generally have flimsier chassis and cases...
  10. I'm just teasing. The bike looks great, and as you say, cross bikes are exceedingly practical. And cool...they're becoming the new fixie. So I'd be interested in hearing a sample audio file from your bike mount. What's the balance of you breathing and talking, road and ambient noise, derailleurs, and so on. No really, I'm interested. Thanks, Jim
  11. I used a NTG-3 for a couple weeks mostly outside in heavy cold rain. Worked fine...So I'm not sure there's a universal design problem with the mics. Odd to hear about multiple users having issues. Would be interesting in hearing what Rode has to say. Perhaps they had a bad run, perhaps the problem's been solved, perhaps the mics were used on Hot Tub Time Machine... Who knows? Jim
  12. Clever use of the invision mount... However, I am a bit concerned about a cyclocross bike that's both clean and has a waterbottle cage... What's up with that? Jim
  13. FedEx isn't necessarily better. About a dozen years ago, we were told to ship a $50,000 camera package in a locked thermodyne case via FedEx. We did. But the camera didn't arrive at it's destination. So we call FedEx...they say "not much we can do about it...it was 'lost.'" We tell FedEx that we paid them to insure the shipment....a couple hours later FedEx calls back to tell us the camera was "found." Gee, thanks FedEx. Don't trust any of them...or use the shipper's overpriced-and-should-be-unnecessary insurance. Good luck, Dan. Jim
  14. DSC charts are great and we work with them a fair amount. But since I work in professional "artistic" documentary production, there's not always the will, time, or possibility to consistently shoot a chart. Of course, in many of those situations, we're not working with a slate, either. But the OP was asking about color slate, and that reminded me of seeing the SlateMate at NAB, so there you go. Jim
  15. DSC Labs, who make the industry standard charts, have a product called SlateMate that lets you add some color bar and grayscale references to your slate. Interesting idea, though I don't recall seeing a slate with SlateMate in the wild... More info and a picture: http://dsclabs.com/slatemate.htm
  16. ...and wasn't the song from your first film? http://jwsound.net/WP/?p=1040 Congratulations, Jim
  17. If you simple must have an RCA ribbon mic, this seems to be the guy to go to. Even if not, I thought this was a nice story: === PITMAN, N.J. — Clarence Kane possesses a skill set that makes him rather unique in age of “if it’s broke, throw it away” and “nothing’s made in America anymore.” He repairs ribbon (or, more correctly, velocity) microphones, and has been doing so for more than 30 years. Kane’s customers have included Les Paul, Chet Atkins and Pixar Animation Studios. While Kane repairs and rebuilds all types of ribbon mics, the overwhelming majority of his business centers around classis RCA issues, even though the last of these was sold more than 30 years ago. Business is good. On average, Kane rehabs two microphones per week, or around 100 per year.The curious thing is that he didn’t start out as a microphone repairman. === Rest of the story and some pix here: http://www.radioworld.com/article/110138
  18. Thanks everyone. Your input and warnings were were helpful. Shoot went well. Neither I nor the DP liked the camera much... But the producer was happy. He did a nice job with the interview and was happy with the look and sound (and he's experienced enough to know the limits of HDV). Ah, cable... But if I buy a camera in 2011, it won't be a Z7. Jim
  19. Oh, that sounds pretty good and useful. Perhaps the first time in history that a sound guy praised RFI... ;-P What we need is a mashup of Mandy's and Angie's List. Maybe "Mangy's List...The place to find fleabitten producers" Jim
  20. I'm not a lawyer, but I've spent a lot of time with lawyers dealing with online, print, and broadcast libel issues. I figure a list/database with anonymous contributors might not hold much value (for example, negative comments could stem from personal vendettas, as we used to see on RAMPS, or some of the evaluations on Yelp). So we'd probably want people to sign their evaluations. Even if we were OK with anonymous contributions, someone would have to host or post the list/database. Even more than accuracy, the big issue is liability. If a producer or production company gets wind of negative comments about them, they could potentially sue the person who made the comment and/or the person/entity that hosted the list/database. Even if the commenter or host/distributor would prevail in court, the cost of defending him/herself is a bummer. Sure, the bad guys might not sue. But even in my semi-charmed experience I can think of a couple big clients who'd sue over something like that just for the sport of it...And they can afford to sue (even if they apparently can't afford to pay in 30 days). So it just becomes a question of how much risk does someone want to take on. Ya, there's ways to work around all these issues. But I personally have other things to do. And I quietly ask friends and trusted colleagues about their experiences with particular companies and producers; that approach has saved me from some untrustworthy potential clients. Sorry to be a damp rag, but that's what I think. Jim
  21. Got a call for a simple cable newsmag gig. The producer's flying in with a Sony HVR-Z7. Working with a great local photog, luckily. I'll be feeding the camera two channels of audio (boom and lav). Hopefully wireless, but since we'll be at an RF-crazy location, might just run cable. I've managed to avoid working with this camera before now. I've downloaded the manual and the Z7 seems kinda similar to the EX1. Am I right about that? Anything in particular that I should look out for with this camera? Meters anywhere near accurate? Headphone feed any good? Any other comments? Thanks a bunch! Jim
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