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Paul Katzman

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    Studio recording engineer beginning foray into location and post-production sound for picture, learning what it's like to have a new professional love beyond music

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  1. Paul Katzman

    Announcing the SPDR two channel bag/field recorder

    I’ve been meaning to contact the mothership about this and have been forgetting, but the memory card door is an abomination. Hard to get it back in, and about the second or third time I opened it it just broke off. On top of that, the power connector rubber plug isn’t “captive” and I immediately lost it. I’ve been having an issue with feeding it AES from my 633 that I haven’t quite got to the bottom of, need more time to research it. In short, I can somehow clip the digital inputs. I don’t know how that’s even possible. It may be an error with the way AES works on the 633, it may be my unit needs need a clean reset or a trip home, or it could be some other strange issue. Unsure yet, been too busy to dig deep. Other than that, it’s wonderful. Great sound quality, incredibly useful as a bag backup recorder. Aside from the above issues, the only thing I’m truly missing is auto roll when it sees a TC signal. Would be great to not just have gigantic clips for a whole shoot day. Oh and the battery life is astounding! A vast improvement over the AAA-powered PDR (and I understand why...)
  2. Paul Katzman

    PSC Antenna Distro

    Is this a six pack or a multi sma?
  3. Paul Katzman

    Pelican Case for Carry On

    I’ve always carried on a 1510 (1515 in the Air series) but I know that’s the largest “allowed” size. Not sure how much bigger you could push it and get away with. Probably depends on the size of the plane and thusly the size of the overhead storage bins.
  4. Paul Katzman

    4 channels audio over radio camera on OB

    If it’s a camera with AES inputs (Sony F5/F55, Arri Amira, etc) you can feed it 4 channels. Sticking 2 SRc units on there would be unwieldy, but would work with their AES backplates. I’ve fed 4 channels into an F5 several times, hard lined via a 633 with no issues. And SDI can carry up to 8 audio channels, for what it’s worth.
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    Lavs for ties

    Another vote for the DPA 4071 here, especially when it has to be entirely inside the knot. Cos11s also work well, and are a little more forgiving in terms of hearing clothing rub IME than most of the DPA options.
  6. Paul Katzman

    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    Hey Bouke, Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound as though I was speaking ill of your product - it certainly is very flexible and powerful. I only mean to say the Tentacle software is much more “automatic” for lack of a better term. This is a double edged sword of course, as one may have the need for more sophisticated controls and options in certain workflows, so there is of course a use for every tool.
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    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    There are a few third party tools they can purchase which are cheaper (but not as nice to use or simple, generally) than Tentacle Sync Studio - google AuxTC. As others have said, Resolve and Avid can perform this function, but be aware that Premiere and FCP cannot, at least not without additional plugins. On small jobs where I know they’ll be dumping on set or I’m well involved with the folks running the shoot, or where I’m doing post, I’ll bring my laptop to the shoot and spit them out an XML syncmap myself, it’s usually pretty quick and painless.
  8. Paul Katzman

    Sound Devices / Audio Limited A10-RACK

    From what I’ve gathered from Facebook, yes. That said, for AES to work you need a receiver that natively supports AES out - so no Lectro, but yes Sennheiser, Audio Ltd, Zax, etc. But any receiver gets picked up on the Dante outs, and either can be used simultaneously with Analog output.
  9. Paul Katzman

    New Zoom H3-VR Recorder mic combo..

    Also skeptical of the zoom capsules. I think it’s also interesting that the specs list a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, I guess it tracks that information in metadata? Maybe you’ll be able to compensate for movement in post?
  10. Paul Katzman

    Sports Headworn Microphone

    I mean, the DPAs get pretty pricey in the 700-something dollar range...
  11. Paul Katzman

    Countryman B2D or DPA 4080

    4080 sounds great, I think has a bit too much low end roll off (they’re really trying to counteract its proximity effect, though it still sounds great as all DPA lavs do) but is far far from visually discreet. Quite large, especially on a tie clip. Can’t speak to the countryman, it may be smaller.
  12. Paul Katzman

    DPA 4098 Travel cases

    Glad they’re being made again! Love mine.
  13. Paul Katzman

    TentacleSync E review

    For what it's worth, I've owned several of the original model and have been using 2 of the new ones for the last month or so. I've had no problems totally replacing the old ones with the new ones in my workflow, and I absolutely love the new cable locks. One tip that may help folks here that are newer to these boxes is that you always need to switch the frame rate on the tentacle to the proper setting before attempting to jam. I don't believe they will auto-jam and pick the right frame rate by themselves. This is one of the reasons I have enjoyed using the newer ones - being able to do this wirelessly. I have had no problems with mine doing this. Jamming from a 633, have used to feed C300, C500, Amira, Alexa, Mini, various Reds, FS7, F5, probably some Ursa models, etc.
  14. Paul Katzman

    Hello… again!

    Allen we don't know each other but I know your voice very well from those MH videos way back when. Very helpful as I was first getting my head around that stuff. It's a small world, geez.. Welcome (back)!
  15. Paul Katzman

    Lectrosonics SMWB coming soon?

    Nobody read the FCC materials yet? There's some cool info buried in there... Not the least of which is the new device looks to be 25/50/100mW..