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About chrisnewton

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  1. chrisnewton

    Tax questions for Canadian mixers

    Also check with your accountant as to what category of CCA different types of gear are eligible. ie: computer gear has a different amortization schedule than other hardware items. As a lot of our gear can now reasonably be categorized as a "computer" it can be written off faster. Make sure your accountant/advisor signs off on this route. Like Rob posted, I treat most other gear purchases as expendables/expenses. I have a line item for repairs/maintenance also ie: I replace a broken or old part. There is no difference in claiming the expense, but it helps me track how mch maintenance costs for my gear.
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    SD 633 WAV File Shorter Than Expected ... Recovery?

    Way out of my depth here, but here I go anyway. The 633 lets you configure the CF or SD cards to record at a different format simultaneously ie: SD could be MP3, CF WAV. Does this not imply that the 2 media have 2 different "pipelines" feeding them?
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    Good boom stand for air travel?

    I use a Lowel Uni stand. It's about 22" collapsed and has a very wide footprint. well made. a bit heavy.
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    Weird noise on sennheiser g3

    I believe the output of the G3 is an unbalanced connection. the noise may be caused at the input of your mixer/recorder, which wants to see a balanced signal
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    Noisy clothing

    I thought I had succesfully negotiated my way through all the wardrobe pitfalls on a shoot, was very collaborative with the department head, etc. The scene was a long walk 'n talk shot down a staircase. After the final rehearsal, and as we were rolling on take 1 (this was on 35mm by the way), a wardrobe person rushed in just before action was called and put a shoulder bag on the actress. yep, right on the hidden mic. Me calling for a cut was out of the question with this director. I went ballistic after cut was called. Bad move, as I was now seen as the asshole in this scenario. No more robe rage from me since, just quiet diplomacy. postscript: that wardrobe person and I are still friends to this day.
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    Tascam dr 701d with sound devices 302

    If you could pick up a used sounddevices 442mixer (now discontinued) you could feed directouts to the D701. The 442 has plenty of output options to feed other devices (cameras, wireless feeds). It's a very good mixer, but a bit heavy.
  7. chrisnewton

    The future of digital recording formats

    I recently picked up a copy of The Absolute Sound hifi magazine so I could have a laugh at the outrageous prices and claims: you know- $3000 speaker cables, $60,000 turntables! etc. One trend caught my eye though, a new codec called MQA (you can google it, I don't have a link). Essentially it's a way to encode metadata from production to delivery which can be applied to files purportedly making significant improvements on all playback platforms. lots of gobbledygook to wade through in the explanation of the theory, but it looks to be picked up by a lot of the majors from record companies to equipment manufacturers. I guess it's a lossless compression scheme with benefits. stay tuned for this one.
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    C300 crickets

    I've noticed thesame thing (on the PC laptop I'm using right now). I've been lucky not to have heard this problem on any C300 shoots so far. You could be on to something Jaymz.
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    Convert 2 Aes outs to 4 analog

    Do you mean each of the 8 outputs need to be different mixes? You can do 6 mixes using matrix routing for L,R, aux1, aux2 and a split from Aux3,4 unbalanced. 8 different and separate mixes? I don't have a solution.
  10. chrisnewton

    SoundWorks Collection

    Thanks Coll. You always bring something interesting to the forum.
  11. chrisnewton

    How well will this kit function? What's missing?

    Sounds like an interesting project Jan. As Grant mentioned, this is a very big investment, especially if you are thinking of buying it yourself. I think a lot depends on what the budget is for the project: can you make a significant amount to make a purchase worthwhile, or is renting the best bet. The kit you have specified is an excellent one. Whatever route you choose to go I would recommend a powering system for the kit, like a BDS system (check Trew or Audio Services Toronto), with rechargeable NP1 or other batteries. The 633 runs a long time with the onboard Sony style 7.2volt batteries also, and a set is relatively inexpensive. Swapping internal batteries will be a major PITA in the bush. Get effective rain protection for the gear. The new KTek rain shield looks good. Also recommend an XLR snake to feed the FS7, just in case. Wireless links are great, but a wired connection can save your butt. re: "Thecrew wonders why this is so expensive" - ask them how much money they have sunk into lenses for the FS7. They ain't cheap, I can tell you. Good luck.
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    So did Bill Clinton lay with Monica to get laid or was she lying?
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    Shitty Rig of the Year

    I think it's a good improv. Looks like the camera is sharing the same ladder as the boom pole. Better than the camera mic.
  14. I have 4 of the black eneloops and a dozen white eneloops. Outside of the black ones being slightly larger in diameter, I don't notice much difference in runtime between the two in various devices. The white version is cheaper and I think a better buy. The extra 10% or so longer runtime of the black version is not worth the money in my opinion. I've been using the eneloops for over 3 years now and have never had a dud.
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    CCM 41 Problem (or Pre Amp problem)?

    Hi Rafael. Odd problem. Could it be a limiter issue with the minx mixer? Possible radio interference caused by bad spark plug cables on the motorbike passing by? I'm guessing.