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  1. I stopped buying sound cables for camera interface several years ago when Red and Arri decided to use different cables for their different iterations of cameras. They couldn't be bothered with standardization. Now I request contact info for the AC prepping the camera package and tell them to add a timecode cable and in A-box for each camera. Kent
  2. Continue to use your Tentacles and mount or hold your phone on or next to your dumb slate while running Tentacles free Timebar app. I have a smart slate but in run and gun situations I use Tmebar. Kent
  3. Hurricane reporter defends use of condom on the air. My question is, “Why the reservoir?"
  4. Tech scout for the sound department? Blahahahaha. Mine are rare for industrials, commercials, docos. Then the AD gets upset with ME when I can't treat the environment to mask the sound from commercial rooftop aircon, elevator, computer server fans, restaurant exhaust fans, etc. Only on movies do i get any respect in this regard. Then it is my labor day rate. I really liked, "Check if they're actually planning a silent film."
  5. Sound Devices WaveAgent can read/edit/export bEXT and iXML data from BWF very easily. ('Gotta ask, people are still using Final Cut?)
  6. Hi Steve, I don't live in any of those cities listed but I have worked for elm many times in the Midwest and can say my experience is that they are a good company to work for. Cheers, Kent Pope
  7. Two-way radios (Motorola) generally operate in the 46x.xxx and 151.xxx bands. I think you would have to build a bridge, ie. send a feed to a dedicated two-way from an output of your mixer. Of course you will need to latch the transmit mode to always on.
  8. I know a friend who when encountering overly cluttered 19/20 will bring out her 26 to reveal a very clean scan. However,on occasion, she says she gets an electronic high pitch fluttering noise but only in certain geographic locations. Some areas are rural. No where near a city. But hey, 5G telco is even screwing up rf relient altimeters in current aircraft. Way to go FCC brainiacs.
  9. By saying "pan pot" i am assuming you are talking about the L-R pan control. Dies that cintrol push in and pop out normally? Have you tried holding the mixer upside down and spraying an aerosol called Tuner Cleaner up into the pot in an effort to wash the wee grains of sand out? Have you tried sneaking up on it and scaring it?
  10. If i interpret your issue correctly, it sounds like both tx were tuned to the same freq until you repaired. From the start, turn on one tx and pair it to the reciever. Leave it turned on. Then turn on the second tx and pair that. It will automatically tune past the tx1 freq. Choosing a clean/unoccupied freq. The reason the receiver showed strong signal from both tx before you retuned is both channels of rx were probably seeing the same one freq.
  11. I have used a unit just like the Swit double charger & DC out unit for almost eight years with two Comer 190wh gold mount batts. V mount also available. It works well with two issues. 1) quick charge mode turns on a cooling fan which is not quiet. 2) you can't charge batts whilst using the DC out. it's either or. Unlike the Anton Bauer camera-back thingy.
  12. They have a reasonable loaner program but I only live 200 miles away from the factory so did a drop-off and pick-up.
  13. Last year my SD664 screen stopped displaying anything. The rest of the unit worked but of course unusable in the field. I sent it in to SD. They said the ribbon cable from the circuit board to the display was dislodged. Yes, my unit has had some rough handling over the past 10 to 12 years in the field. Maybe you can lift the lid, so to speak, and check out the ribnon cable.
  14. I am B camera on a house hunting show. I use a Sony FS7 without the expansion adapter back. Which is the only way to get the camera to take ext. timecide (very dumb, Sony). I have been using Tentacle's Time Bar for a long time to slate my camera. I lock one of my Tentacle SyncE units to the sound guy, or use one of his, and carry it around in my pocket. My phone, running Time Bar, reads the tc and displays it for me when I resume after a cut. I remain in tc sync with sound and A-cam all day. It beats carrying my TS3 Denecke slate around.
  15. KRF, i was hoping WaveEditor app would work because it is a pretty useful tool for recording, editing and playing with visual waveform on Android but no. It won't open a BWF. I next tried VLC player for android. It opened my 4 trk BWF and played it but i couldn't select a specific trk to listen to like i can on the desktop program. No joy. PMC
  16. I find that a major key to successful frequency coordination and identifying competing RF devices not under your control is to scan your environment. One of my clients is a major hospital. Recording sound in labs, patient imaging rooms, etc. was very problematic until I started using apps like RF Analyzer. At the end of 2021 I upgraded to TXAdvance. It combines the functionality of RF Analyzer and Frequency Finder. I cannot heap enough praise on this app. You program a database with a location name and your RF devices, It scans the environment for RF sources using $30 Software Defined Radio dongle that plugs into your USB equipped phone or tablet (use one of your wireless mic antennas or buy a $5 telescoping screw on antenna), It reveals 2T30, 3T30, 2T50 and 2T70 intermod issues, it can Auto select the best freqs to use for your wireless mics from 200Mhz to 700Mhz and it can perform a Live Scan with peak hold so you can identify intermittent RF sources. It has additional features but these are the major ones I use in every new environment. (Disclosure: I was so impressed with the app I joined the beta team. The software engineer continues to make improvements and add features. I have not nor will I receive monetary compensation from the company for my endorsement other than access to the app.)
  17. As a freelance DP and Sound Mixer, with gear, for out of town clients, in addition to servicing my own clients, I have a Staffmeup account. I rarely get more than three jobs a year from their leads. 90% of the postings are way below what many of us are willing to work for. I suspect Staffmeup is more suited to college kids with a Best Buy camera, Samson wireless mics and limited knowledge. That being said, I didn't know they had a "minimum wage" for postings. I dont mind them weeding out the ultra-low budget projects from their already low budget postings. I dont see them as being unfair. I see it as, "Wow, even Staffmeup has standards." No offense. $250/day seems more suited to Craigs or Angie's list.
  18. I have a friend using Lectro Block 20 & Block 26 SRB's with UM400a's. Sometimes he has to use the Block 26 stuff when he runs out of Block 20 units. Both the 20's and 26's were at to the mother ship for firmware updates and tuning in 2020. Yes he knows about 5G (by the way 5G is screwing with FAA radar altimeters too). Maybe 20% of the time he hears sporadic crackling like a very active lighting storm, pink noise in nature but not the sssshhh sssshhh frequency range or normal hit noises, from the Block 26 stuff. This static does not show up on the modulation display of the SRB. Signal strength is solid from the 411a. Phones have been turned off completely or removed from the set. The problem seems to be geographic in nature and consistent. He scans for clear freqs and almost all of Block 26 if free but he tries several different freqs and checks intermod. Nothing so far alleviates this problem. Now for the wacky bit. His camera hops are really old Senny G3's also in the 600Mhz band. They operate without issue the same time the lectro 600Mhz stuff is blowing up. What's the deal, man? Anyone have any ideas besides, "He shouldn't be using Block 26 or maybe something in the bag is causing the problem?" Thanks.
  19. I have a ssm transmitting to an SRb and it works fine. Band 20 SD664 mixer, 2 SRb, 4 senn G3s, Comtek. All in one bag. I had an issue with one HM transmitter at one time but it got sorted.
  20. I hope sales and manufacturing stay in Reedsburg, WI. Great people there. They are not setup for visitors but they have allowed me in twice. Including for an emergency repair. All my best to the SD employees. I hope you get to stay on.
  21. When i am cart based i still create paper logs along with the Sound Devices log. When i am bag based they only get the SD track log with a few canned phrases. i also tell them the cameras only get a dirty mix since i am holding a boom as well as the bag.
  22. I just spotted a 2021 movie listing called Kin Dread. Here is the log line. "An anti-social sound designer with retrograde amnesia discovers a string of murders in his building but when the carnage triggers memories of his mysterious past, he races to stop the killer" I hope he mentions his favorite software synths.
  23. PMC


    Good one Olle. I heard from old guys it stood for, "mit out spreken." With out speaking so there is no need to roll sound. Of course I am now old and repeating the definition.
  24. As a guy who grew up seting up multicam shoots with BetaSP cameras recording ISO and sometimes feeding a switcher I always tried to connected camera genlock to a master generator. We had to for the switcher, of course. NTSC - never the same color. Today, and for the past 8 years or so, I very rarely genlock the cameras. We put the cameras in PsF, and rely on the frame syncs in the switcher to handle the timing. This is fine for the live mix but doesn't sync the cameras to each other. But I have never received a complaint about drift over time. As an example, I just AC'ed a two camera documentry shoot this week for HBO using one Sony Venice and one Canon C500. It was a three hour continuous rolling interview while swapping out cards as we rolled. I put a Tentacle on each camera. I monitored the Tentacles along with the SD664 timecode on my phone. No drift. I guess I could have performed a clap or tone at the end of the shoot to test but as I say, I haven't had complaints. As an aside, if cameras need genlock I feel that is a camera department issue. When I am mixing sound, 40% of the time, I only worry about the mix and timecode. Well, and helping out the youngsters setup their shinny new camera that they haven't read the manual for, lol. Others may have a different opinion about who's responsibility genlock is and that's okay.
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