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    I primarily work on documentaries, corporate/industrials and commercials globally.
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  1. Yep, it DOES look like a DIY solution to me, as well. The KTEK product is out of stock, at the moment. I guess I'll head to my local home improvement store and find some scrap bit of PVC pipe. Thanks! Dave
  2. Does anyone in our general population work on or know anyone who works on live car racing shows, specifically NBC Sports or Fox Sports here in the US? More specifically, NASCAR or IndyCar? I'm working on a future corporate video, which will take place at a car race track. The presenter/talent wants to use a belt holster for a stick mic, like what's shown in the attachments. They kind of look homemade, a bit of PVC pipe attached to a belt clip... and I haven't been able to source a commercially made one. Anyone out there ever been around these things and know if they are available to purchase? Thanks! Dave Wendlinger San Francisco
  3. Thanks! My original Tentacles would certainly be an option and I'm fairly sure that you're correct about losing the scratch tracks from the cameras. I haven't even plumbed the depths of post on this one yet, so I'll have to check to see what edit system they're using. I'll clearly need to do some testing beforehand. I've got a 12 Pro, so at least I can test the audible timecode into the phone concept. I haven't done that in the past. The UltraSync Blue seems to be able to send TC over Bluetooth, which might be a cleaner solution. I'm still investigating that. Thanks again!
  4. Yep, thanks Cody, I thought of a TC slate. Not that kind of shoot, unfortunately. The iPhones have to be able to start/stop at will. Now, also incorporating a DSLR that can't accept timecode. Yippee! Audio will record continuously. Luckily, the shoots are under a half hour at a time. It's basically a surprise man-on-the-street event. Two wired talent and one guest/victim. Dave
  5. Today, a client has asked me to do some research for a practical solution to sync one or more iPhone 12 Pros to a timecode enabled audio recorder for an upcoming double system shoot. In my particular case, that would be either my SD633 or MixPre 3II. Maximum of three inputs...two wireless lavs and a boom. I own four of the original Tentacles and have looked at the Ultrasync Blue app/hardware. I'm also looking at both the Mavis and Filmic Pro iPhone apps. If someone has sorted out a workable existing solution, I'd appreciate any feedback and experiences. Thanks! Dave Wendlinger San Francisco, CA
  6. I worked with an FX9 last week with the same issue. The owner had been in contact with Sony about it and said that Sony was working on a remedy. Apparently, it doesn't make a difference. If you set the switches where they should be, you'll get external audio on Channel 1, despite what the menu says. Simple enough to test and my shoot went fine, no complaints from post.
  7. Sorry, I haven't found a solution, but then again, I haven't looked for a solution since March. I would suggest contacting RF Explorer customer service again and, if offered, do the screen share thing. Is your problem the same as mine? Your computer won't recognize the device?
  8. If you are looking for something quite basic, try the Audio-Technica PRO 8HEx. https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/94a69a7f0cbde4b3/index.html Around 90 bucks. I used to use these as low-cost mics on high volume public events, where hundreds of people a day would sit on set to be filmed. It'll plug directly into your MixPre3 II. Use a provided foam windscreen to protect from plosives. Use the MixPre's Advanced Mode. A suggestion is to pan the mic between your Left and Right channels and favor one, level-wise, over the other. That way, you'll record the one mic at different levels, which can act as a "safety track", in case of over-modulation. For instance, set the pan to 10 or 11 o'clock. Experiment with your Low Cut filter, which can help with road noise. If you need further opinions, PM me. Good luck!
  9. acdave

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    Thanks, Jim! That's what I was hoping for, but I was wishing that Newzhack would confirm it before I dive into buying a system. Isolating the audio department from set seems like a likely scenario going forward. A single CAT6 cable would be ideal. BTW, how did you see my post? I checked Unread Content and it hasn't shown up yet. Thanks again! Dave
  10. acdave

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    Did we ever get an answer whether or not the LyxPro solution or any other solution will work in both directions at the same time? It would be great to send two channels of audio from the set into a mixer, then two channels of audio back to a camera along the same CAT6 cable. Thanks!
  11. I tried to do a similar thing a couple of months ago... attempting to update RF Explorer firmware from version 1.08 through my MacBook Pro. I could never get the RF Explorer to be recognized. After several attempts with RF Explorer customer service, involving trying various cables and software solutions and various searches on the web that bore no useful fruit, I gave up and moved on to other things. RF Explorer DID offer to do a screen share for $30, but I'll bet that more pressing business is at hand for them these days. I certainly have copious amounts of time on my hands for the time being and would love to hear of a solution myself. Dave W
  12. On my return to the US from another Asian country by way of Beijing, I plan on taking a three day personal holiday in Beijing. I believe that I qualify for a 144 hour China visa-free exception. My question regards leaving my gear, which will include forbidden wireless mikes. I'd love to be able to leave the majority of my personal stuff and equipment in a left luggage area of the Beijing airport for the days I'm on my own traveling in the City. I know that there are left luggage areas in the airport terminals and what the charges will be. Has anyone had any practical experience doing this? I'm currently in a different foreign country and will plan on visiting the Chinese consulate upon my return from this trip to formalize the arrangement. Thanks in advance! Dave Wendlinger
  13. In the past, I've had Mountain Cork make custom length tubes. Quite inexpensive and easy. Dave Wendlinger
  14. ShubiSnax, Were the Bluecell foam pads thick or paper thin? I've ordered knockoff pads in the past which were very thin and uncomfortable. If they were comfortable, would you mind providing a link to the specific ones? Thanks!
  15. I've done this, non-invasive and reversible mod, to all my coiled cable headphones. It's not a great video, but the technique works quite well, once you get the hang of it. It takes about five or so minutes. It pretty much eliminates the straight section of a headphone's coiled cable. If you don't like the solution, you can simply undo it.
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