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About darkllamasound

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    Sound recordist/mixer and boom operator in Calgary, Alberta.
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  1. Thanks for the tip, I hadn't heard of those before and looked them up and was actually able to find 3 rentals to ship out of Montreal for them if production wants them. Just need to figure out the cables, but they look like good little units. (Also got to have a read through the mini BNC input debate on these, which was most entertaining.)
  2. I would agree John, I'm out near Calgary and it's not always easy to secure rentals last minute (everything ships from Vancouver or Toronto if not available from another local mixer). I would assume they have something sorted out to keep camera's synced if they are bringing in a 3 camera 3D IMAX crew, but just trying to stay ahead of the game with very minimal information at the moment. (Especially with no online spec's for the IMAX camera that I can find). I've always been fine with my BETSO and Tentacles so far even working on bigger shows, and Tri-Level hasn't ever been much of an issue for me. Thanks for everyone's input, always nice to have such a wealth of knowledge available from so many experienced mixers.
  3. Thanks, I'll recommend getting Tri-level Lockits for all the cameras. I've been mostly fine using just Betso's and Tentacles in the past for any shoots with just Bi-level, but haven't shot any 3D. Any idea what Tri-level Sync Lockits are compatible with 3k/4k? Example: Can I use the Denecke SB-T which doesn't have a setting for 4k? Or would you just set the Genlock setting to 1080? Just found out I can't rent any Tri-levels up here in Canada so hopefully the cameras have lockits with them that will work. Thanks for the info!
  4. Anyone know anything about timecode input for IMAX 3D digital cameras? I'm doing a shoot with 3 of them, wondering what kind of input they take and if they hold TC? Or do each of them need a lockit? Can't find much info about them online. Any answers would be much appreciated, production is pretty slow to come up with any info. Thanks!
  5. Update on the NP situation. Ended up going with the Varizooms at a cheaper price then the IDX's, just finished shooting a couple days out on snowmobiles in -30 Celcius weather and they held up all day long and then some. Quick to charge and kept my 633 and 2X411's powered through a 12 hour day on 1 battery. (Wasn't very intensive recording day, but feel pretty confident in a long day with two NP's) Thanks for everyone's input and help, I appreciate all the experience and advice from around the continent.
  6. Thanks everyone for the input, just realizing I may have to shell out for the IDX as I forgot about one thing up here in Canada... Shooting in -35 Degree weather. I was trying to save some funds with a cheaper alternative, but realizing now I can't have something going down in the cold. I was checking out the Varizoom's and they are only rated down to 32 Degress Fahrenheit operating temp, not sure how they go in real life circumstances but I've shot in the Arctic Circle with the IDX in -35 and had no problems. I'll probably invest in some cheaper alternatives for backups and see how they fare in the weather up here. I'm not sure if anyone has experience with Switronix or other alternatives in weather like this.
  7. I know this is an old topic, but has anyone shot with the Varizoom in cold temps? I was just about to buy a set with the charger over the IDX and then noticed on the website the operating temperature is only rated to 0 Degrees Celcius. (32 Fahrenheit). I'm up in Canada and shooting in -20 Degree weather quite often, I've used IDX in -35 Celcius (-33 F) without any issues. Has anyone put the Varizoom or Switronix to the test in extreme weather? Don't really want to be running my BDS into my armpit
  8. Thanks for the input, I'm checking out the Ikan sled, were you able to find one with a TA4F end or did you just solder one? I do like the idea of having one type of battery and chargers, and after shelling out for a SD 633 and two SMQV/411's I'm short on funds to buy the IDX and NP-1s at the moment.
  9. Hi, I was just wondering if anyone had a preference between BDS and using Sony L Batteries for a SD633 and two Lectro SRB setup. I just ordered a new SD 633 and will be buying one or two SRB's in the future. Right now I just have Lectro 401's but they last all day on a set of AA's so I'm not too worried about that. I'm just trying to decide which would be the better option for power, I'm leaning towards the BDS and NP's right now, but wanted to see if anyone else was using the L batteries instead before I drop the $1000. Thanks. Jesse
  10. Awesome, thanks for the detailed explanation. Great job
  11. +1 for locktite red on the grill, fixed mine with that a year ago and haven't had any issues since.
  12. I've owned mine for a couple years now, has never failed me in rain or -40 degree weather shooting in the Arctic. Great mic but I'd agree with Mark, doesn't have the same rejection as a 416 or a CS3. Quiet locations it sounds great and has a forgiving pickup pattern for panning between actors. Use it in my kit as my backup now, but great to know in crappy weather it will never crap out.
  13. I'm available for mixing and booming jobs in Calgary and Alberta area in Canada. I can also travel for shoots anywhere in Canada. For more information check out www.darkllamaproductions.com. Sound Devices 663 Multi-track Recorder/Mixer with Ambient Timecode Sound Devices 442 Mixer Lectrosonics 401 and SMDA's Sanken COS-11 Lavalieres and Countryman B6's Rode NTG-3 Shotgun Microphone Sennheiser G3 Wireless Camera Hop Ambient 4140 Boompole, 10ft, 18ft, and 23ft Marantz PMD-661 Recorder Rode Windjammer Additional Lectrosonics 411/SMQV wireless are also available upon request.
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