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Wyatt Tuzo

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  1. Just a note that if you DO simply wire in parallel, the batteries will equalize one another, and you will technically be drawing from both at the same time. The voltage will remain the same across each battery. This will still allow you to hot-swap (assuming you aren't close enough to total depletion that the increased current draw to the second battery isn't enough to tank it when the first is pulled). Again, this should all work fine, but it's not like you'll be drawing from one batt until its time for the backup to take over.
  2. Generally, on any show these days which isn't a major movie, I negotiate a weekly (based on $/day x5) but production pro-rates down for partial weeks. I'm not sure if that is what you're asking though. Movies pay they full week for partials
  3. I’m well aware... if you read the rest of my post, I mention making changes remotely. Gordon had requested features one may wish for in a future hardware release,m. My statement you have quoted is based on the fact that, to change frequency or gain on the wideband transmitters (the two most frequently altered settings) one must scroll through a menu (unlike the original SM’s). I preferred being able to change these settings through easy key sequences. I felt the original design was quite elegant.
  4. The only things I would re-consider over the SMWB's, would be to eliminate the need to menu dive for Freq and Gain, and to overcome what I perceive as diminished range vs. single block transmitters. Personally, I'm only interested in single battery SM style units. I suppose a nice OLED display would be welcome. Additionally, changing everything over to lemo would allow me to ditch the adaptors for my SSM style packs. The ability to control the transmitters remotely over RF would be great as well!
  5. Same report on my job. 2 frames out at completely random times. We’ve also been losing a lot of clips inexplicably. We had an instance today where the camera indicated it was recording, but the clip wasn’t present upon gate check. We’ve swapped bodies three times, and have had a Sony rep to set to look into the issues. ...still so solutions. Seems obvious to me that this cam isn’t ready for prime-time yet
  6. To me, a dry stand-up act feels un-natural. Here’s what I’ve had success with in the past: Dynamic hand-held for the comic, multiple audience mics (some directional condensers on the floor, and some omni lavs suspended from catwalks *fairly camera safe) panned and bussed to a stereo group. Apply some side-chain compression to that audience group, with the comic mic as the key input. This will compress the audience laughter a bit when the comic starts speaking again, but allows for everything to play naturally. I personally want some of the FOH blended into the hand-held all the time... it sounds right to my brain.
  7. FFS, just buy an Re20 or two and be done with it. If you don't want to buy, find a way to rent. Dynamic is going to give you far better isolation than a condenser. May be cumbersome, but you'll have to make the convenience vs. quality trade-off consideration for yourself. Don't buy and return... that's childish.
  8. Maybe I've been fortunate... maybe it's just the work I get, but I've literally only had this requested of me once (and I told them that maybe I wasn't the right person for their job). In terms of beating w&t's I wonder whether its a self fulfilling prophecy, born of asserting our expectations early on... or if it's just dumb luck, but I've really only had one DP give me a headache about this. I feel like, in my experience, once people see that there is a reason behind what you're doing/asking, they are willing to work together toward the same end. After all... its a collaborative medium. Generally speaking, It's my approach to try to cover a scene with as few sources as I can get away with. A mentor once phrased it to me: "it's our goal to sell the illusion that the entire scene was recorded with a single microphone". While he was talking more specifically about the production mix (and keeping bg levels and tone consistent), It's something I always strive for (and It's my taste to arrive there through the booms, first and foremost)
  9. In my world of narrative mixing, that is a pretty big reason. I mix mono, and strive for what (to me) sounds like a finished dialog mix. I will wire for characters or individual lines as needed, but the booms are primary 90% of the time. Another thing that I would have trouble listening for in a "split mix" is background consistency. Is this an issue for those of you working this way?
  10. Have a look at the serial number band on the mic cable. If it's normal sensitivity, it will be silver and black, if it is reduced sensitivity, it will be red
  11. If it were for me, I would also add front casters. How about the drawers opening not to the front or back, but to the side? This would allow for a flip-down shelf below the back handle which could be loaded with carpets (with the handle as an upper retainer). You could also move the cart with the drawers unlatched with little worry. The table top could be stowed on the "front" (opposite the handle and wheels) Now that i'm writing this, I realize that I may have just turned it into Greg Sextro's follow cart, which is a brilliant design
  12. Looks to draw approx 1.35A with both monitors powered on
  13. I use Ram mount hardware. Seriously durable.
  14. One other potential pitfall I see with the increased resolution of these cameras, is the ability to reframe in post, without a downgrade in the deliverable resolution. I know it's happening already, but I wonder if we'll get to a point where it's more commonplace. It would be a shame to have to start wiring everyone, just in the event someone decides to reframe a master into a cowboy (or worse) in post. I don't know that it'll quite come to that... Just musing
  15. There are a few points to "MixAhead" that I still don't quite understand. If the algorithm allows missed cues through to the mix track, would it, by the same course, cut fade-outs early? Additionally, at least in the narrative world, so much of what we do relies on fader balance and timing. I need to be able to crossfade from, say, a wire to the boom (or any ratio thereof) while listening for phase and balance. I see MixAhead as a potential detriment to this process. Personally, I don't really see much of a problem of missed cues in my world. Maybe in doc/reality? Maybe the occasional ad-lib...but I still feel the potential detriments that I mention above would outweigh the occasional benefit, as post still has an Iso they can salvage a line from.
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