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S Harber

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    I record and mix actors talking in front of cameras.

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  1. Sorry to say, but the Airpod Pros are notorious for horrible sounding mics. I found this out and tried various noise canceling settings and the like to resolve it. Lots of posts online about these issues and folks problems. If I want to talk, I use the regular AirPods so I don't sound underwater or whatever version of bad the Pros had. SH
  2. Hi All, Not sure why there is an absence of discussion surrounding the current state of IATSE contract negotiations on this site. This seems very strange seeing what we all do for work. I know there are other forums ie FB, IG IA stories etc. but it seems like a huge hole given what it all means to many here. Is there some sort of dissuasion to this kind of discussion on JWS? Me? I personally think we need to show that we are willing to hold the line and get our various demands engaged and have most of them met to increase our quality of life. Sad to say but nothing will change without costing production more. Now it's not costing them enough to not pay the penalty of doing the right thing. This has become a regular occurrence and no one will change their ways out of the "goodness" of their hearts. But....they will if it simply costs more since it's simply a business. Thus I believe we need to up the rates of going over the lines that make it safe and keep us sane. These raises should not be seen as ways of making more money but rather to push productions into making decisions that help us all work better. There will never in our lifetimes be an opportunity to have the strength we presently do. The need for programming and movies is higher than ever and the folks producing will never be as desperate as now to generate our product. Let's stay together and support each other as we head into this. I realize I sit in a position of privilege on many levels. I have worked all through the covid shutdown and have years of contacts, previous work, savings, and hours accumulated. That said, I obviously want to make things better for myself but AS important, is to leave this place better than I found it for others. I very much empathize with those who had no work for a long time and are starting their journey in this field. We were all there in one form or another so let's show support for each other rather than side up and lob bombs. Scott Harber CAS
  3. What I did on my 8020 cart was to use 15-15 in general and then 15-30 for the axle. Cotter pins are used so that there is NO chance of a wheel nut unthreading. A bad lesson to be learned there unless you reverse thread one side like bike pedals. I used a simple 5/8" piece of solid steel for the axle which I then wrapped to snug it in tight in the top of the 2 holes in the 15-30. It's nice to be able to use the 2 holes vertically so you can adjust the height if need be. Hopefully the pic I zoomed in on shows some of what I'm referring to. Again, nuts on axles are a bad idea. Just sayin. SH IMG_9773.pdf IMG_D30947E031EE-1.pdf
  4. I have the 442 inputs roughed in to replicate the gains I start with on the wireless Booms to keep consistent gain structure. It can vary from there. We can almost always pull it off with a 100' stick of CAT5/Ethercon but we carry 300' total between the mixer cart and set rack. Here's some early pics from when I had the MM1 rather than the 442 when we were doing Bosch at the end of last year. IMG_8640.pdf 1479467755_IMG_93292.pdf
  5. This is a diagram for a rig I built last year with the A32 Ferrofish in an 8 RU SKB case. It's packed in with a 20aH battery and a 442 for hard lining mics if need be. The biggest trick was getting the USB over IP Silex 510 system to be bulletproof so I could feed the telemetry for the Venues back to my mixer cart. I've linked 400'+ of CAT 5 and it stayed stable overnight. That said, I've yet to need that long of a run. It keeps me off set and is much easier than running antenna cable and also puts TC and return feeds right on set. I use a Cisco SG 3000-10 switch on my mixer cart which dates back to PIX setups from my past. It works well and isn't maxing out the Netgear 5x switches I generally pepper around. Hope this diagram helps. SH Set Forward.numbers-Routing.pdf
  6. Hi Steve, I remote my Venues in a rack that goes to set and keeps me away from the density of the area around set. It also helps us not have to run antenna cable and has it's own battery and power supply. My Cantar has Dante and I can run the outputs of the receivers to a Ferrofish converter that makes the analog outs of the Venues into Dante which then cables back to my mix cart. The Dante runs seamlessly and we unplug it and rearrange it many times each day. I've managed to get the telemetry of the Venues to run in WirelessDesigner as well via a USB to IP converter which then goes to my laptop. The schematic is attached and there's plenty going on including power and a feed back to the rack for an IFB transmitter etc. SH Set Forward.numbers-Routing.pdf
  7. We did a bunch of gunplay last night on a shoot. We record dialog with a shotgun mic (PDA 4017) and wires then waste the boom off the person for gunshots and I bring up a dynamic mic. They actually both worked well but the swing in dynamics between words spoken (often whispered while actor not trying to let their opponent know their position) and the very loud guns shots, even with half or quarter loads, can be drastic. Doable and the first take is always a learning experience. That's how we do it here.
  8. So it all is working quite well. 18 wires on 3-Venues. A Ferrofish A32 interface (analog to Dante) The Ferrofish alone and then the 3-Venues on a USB hub feeding into the 2-USB inputs of the Silex 510. That outputs Cat5 into a switch along with Dante signal another from the Ferrofish. Sent to my mixer cart via Cat5/6/Ethercon That hits a switch One leg goes to a Cantar Another leg to a thunderbolt adaptor then into my laptop on High Sierra. Many links but no issues getting on to Wireless Designer from up to 300'+. Thanks for the help everyone. I'll post if anything noteworthy plays out. SH
  9. do you know if anyone has tried running Wireless Designer through one with success? Could be great if it works.
  10. I'm thinking about trying to send USB over a LAN via a switch that will be carried along with Dante. Maybe folks have experience with this and hopefully advice. Here's what I'm trying to achieve: (Set rack side) Lectro Venues feeding their USB outs into a USB hub That hub feeding into a USB to Ethernet/LAN adaptor That signal feeding into a switch that which would have a Dante signal as well. Into Ethercon/CAT6 cable. (Mixer side) Ethercon/CAT6 into another switch One leg outputs to Dante Another outputs to a Ethernet/LAN to USB adaptor (this hopefully could work for Wireless Designer) and then to a laptop. Or it could be carried (along with Dante via the switch) that goes to a Thunderbolt dock and into a laptop. A long shot but possibly very useful without having to buy multiple Lectro DSQDs. Any ideas, experiences or thoughts are welcome. Thanks in advance, SH
  11. I have an older iPhone that is part of my 788/CL wifi. That's all it does. And it lives in the front pouch. I replaced the battery for about $8. Easy.
  12. I am generally taking a feed from a video receiver that runs through a DA which I don't think does anything more than split signals evenly. 200' is actually about the most I'd put on it quite reliably (250' usually works but not like clockwork honestly) but I have definitely noticed that certain monitors I use work better with lower video signals. Oddly the best being the PIX 260/270 monitors I used to have when they were on my cart. Now I have some IKANs that are OK and when we do very long runs at times I will flip the patching around to have the more sensitive of the two get the weaker signal. Somewhat voodoo at times not unlike wireless concerns. The video/cat5 solutions are cool but seem to need a cat5 per video signal and are pricey. Or one could do the quad split insert then to the cat5 then to a big monitor on the mixer side but..... someday. Maybe there's an elegant solution out there.
  13. I can get 250' on normal cable/BNC and I have a various lengths of 2 pair for that. Video isn't part of that system.
  14. I've built a rig that has 3 Venues and a Ferrofish A32 adaptor that converts the analog to Dante. Now I run the audio back to my cart and also return an IFB signal, TC, speaker/VOG outputs, earwigs etc back to that rack. It hits a small patch panel. It lives in a 6 RU SKB case that has a LiFE battery and DC power supply. The rack is the footprint of an apple box when stood on edge which goes close to set. Now no (or very rarely) running antenna cables. I'll have 2 sets of IFB feeds (one set forward, one on the mix cart) that my receivers can tune to both freqs. Folks can now jam TC from set rather than the mix cart. None of this is mutually exclusive so it's not an either/or but both hubs, mix and rack forward system, work at the same time. It gets me away from set easier and Dante is great for situations like this. Perfect for Covid concerns. SH
  15. Agreed. Constantly hearing them latched on when not pressed in PTT mode. Seems like a bad component being used in the switch. I tend to move over to the 835S fairly often.
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