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    #metoo and sexism in general

    Mic'ing up is one of the more demanding parts of our job. IMO you need to explain simply and succinctly what you need to do, while gauging the talents reaction and hopefully putting them at ease as much as possible. If they are adults and uncomfortable I talk them through how to mic themselves, and I live with the results even if it's not as good as what I would have potentially done. Ruining their day, or scaring them emotionally isn't worth a little bit less clothing noise.
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    How often do you get clean lines on lavs?

    But sometimes you just can't boom. As has been said, every time you place a mic you get better at it. I always chat to the subject first, before mic'ing up. It maybe relaxes them and allows me to evaluate the clothes they are wearing and how they move and interact with their wardrobe. If necessary I ask about what they are wearing under the top layer, and if they manscape or moisturise. With luck it's okay one the first attempt; I've been doing it for a long time so I feel I should get it right first up. If I'm not happy I'm ready and prepared to jump in as possible until I am happy. I'm not prepared to spend a full work day being unhappy with how a concealed mic sounds. It's one of the challenges of the gig.
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    BDS connectors

    One the Bay. I tend to over engineer things so after soldering I fill the case with hot glue and secure the cable exit with dual wall heat shrink. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F141615613124
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    BDS connectors

    These
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    Lectro SRc field reports?

    Thanks. Spoke to Lectro and got and clear explanation.
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    Lectro SRc field reports?

    Yes. Block C1.
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    Lectro SRc field reports?

    This is for Larry, or one of his engineers. I have one SR-C that I use in my kit with 411a and PSC RF Multi. I seem to experience higher RF sensitivity with the SR-C compared to the 411a. That is, it exhibits RF overload way before the 411 do. In a complex multi Radio mic situation (20-30 mics) it's hard to balance what the SR-C needs as against the 411. It also suffers from two way radio interference in a random way. When stands in front of me and keys on sometimes there is no interference, sometimes one frequency will drop out, but at another "key on" a different frequency will be effected. Getting distance between the antenna and the two way radio helps. I had thought of replacing all my 411 with SR-C but not really going to move forward with it while there are these problems.
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    Transmitter SMA Connector

    Does anyone here know the make of the SMA Connector that Lectro uses for their transmitter antennas?
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    Transmitter SMA Connector

    Hi Larry Thanks for the clarification. The BEST connector for the job and nothing else in the market that comes close.
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    Transmitter SMA Connector

    Thanks Mike, but I am looking for the type of connector that Lectro uses for their Transmitter antennas. The centre pin is solder and there is a compression rubber grommet that locks the cable in place.
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    SRb + PSC Rf Multi SMA?

    From my experience the Src seems to have a more sensitive Rf front end than the 411 when I use it with the RF multi Maybe Larry has some info about this?
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    Transmitter SMA Connector

    Sorry but that makes absolutely no sense....
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    Success with Non Approved Series 6 Media

    I've been looking at getting 128/256 Gb SD cards to use in my 688 and 633 to use as the back up media. The approved SanDisk 128 appears to be no longer available. Is anyone successfully running larger capacity Non Approved SD cards?
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    Success with Non Approved Series 6 Media

    Like I said dailies are CF. All sorted there. 64 Gb are kind of in between for me. Maybe get 4 days on it. Would be nice to get a whole week and do the dump to back up hard drive at the end of the week. And it seems that the list of approved media hasn't changed or expanded for a long time - some of what is on it is no longer available.
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    Success with Non Approved Series 6 Media

    Thanks Chris I mate has confirmed that the Lexar 128 Gb 600x SD card works. I bought the 633x and that most definitely does not work ; freeze and locks out that drive
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    sound devices 633 inputs 4-6

    +1 At the risk of being controversial I think the 788 sounds better than the 6xx. But the 6xx is lighter and more power efficient.
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    sound devices 633 inputs 4-6

    Yes Phil, mic pres would be nice and solve the problem. The size is convenient so I guess that is what drove not having them. Limiting at the transmitter isn't suitable as I don't like the sound of that. It was an issue on one series ; the post dept specifically asked for the ISO levels to be higher. And then you risked clipping. Also, not super happy about ISO levels not being consist across all the tracks. Sorry if I offended any one with my "more professional" comment. Of course SD make professional gear, just don't really understand the thinking behind what was done at the design stage.
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    sound devices 633 inputs 4-6

    Yep, Im on peak metering. Been that way since before I got my first 442. And yes the "solution" is to under record the ISO tracks. Back to my initial post, I would have preferred to pay more for each unit and have hardware limiters on 4-6/7-12, so that all tracks are equal. I can understand that maybe other users don't see this being that important.
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    sound devices 633 inputs 4-6

    I have noticed this on both my 633 and 688. Kind of makes those inputs unusable. I would have preferred to pay a bit more to buy and a more professional unit.
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    Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder Timecode Drift

    Good point Rado. The F5/F55 is better than some in keeping sync. The current fashion is to "go off speed" for transitional elements and this throws the F5 timecode out, with reference to the sound recorder. I now have a Lockit on the camera as a general bit of kit; it saves on the aggravation to the cameraperson and myself that otherwise is needed with the need to rejam after each trip off sync speed.
  21. To confirm the firmware needs to be 6.5.1 or higher to input LTC on the BNC, even though the 6.5 manual says that will take LTC. Had this very issue a few weeks ago - had the camera ops telling me timecode is your (sound) problem so please sort it out!
  22. F5/55 are computers with a lens on the front. As mentioned going off speed drops out the audio and timecode, sometimes the camera needs "rebooting" or power cycling is some functions don't reappear. That's why I consider the audio on the camera is an editorial scratch track with production sound being recorded separately. That way I can concentrate on recording sound not on getting my sound to the camera.
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    Retirement?

    Like the hair, Jeff! Age doesn't seem to be an issue if it isn't creating a problem. If you enjoy it and the calls keep coming why not.
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    RIP -KEITH EMERSON

    What a year it has been.... And it's not yet half over
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    Lithium batts on flight - new rules?

    The airlines war on batteries is certainly ramping up. The best place to check online current state of play in your country, and where you are travelling to, is your national Civil Aviation Authority. Here in Australia it's CASA. From their website it's pretty clear: Batteries under 100Wh rating The batteries that power your phone, laptop and camera are usually under the 100 watt-hour (Wh) rating. If you're carrying a spare battery that's not in one of these devices, it must be in your carry-on baggage only. Spare batteries, regardless of their size are not to be carried in checked luggage. Lithium Ion batteries 100-160Wh rating These are more powerful batteries, and can be found in industrial equipment such as power tools and mobility aids between 100 and 160Wh. You must have approval from your airline before flying. If the battery is installed in a device, it can be carried in either checked or carry-on baggage. If the battery is a spare - that is, the battery is by itself and not contained in equipment - it must be in your carry-on baggage only. Spare batteries, regardless of their size are not to be carried in checked luggage. There is a limit of two spare batteries per person. These batteries must only be packed in carry-on luggage and should have their terminals individually protected to minimise the risk of contact other metal objects in your luggage. I would think most of our batteries would be less than 100Wh so it's a matter of taping the contacts and taking them as carry on. This unfortunately includes 9v rechargeables to so they have to go as hand luggage as well. CASA has a handy pdf of their what can fly and hazardous items brochure. I usually have a copy with me to show check in staff if needed. Also worth remembering that apart from CASA it's at the airlines discretion as to what can and can't travel on a particular flight. Best charming behaviour is always handy when checking in (and elsewhere) at the airport.
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