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I finally put together my new cart and put it to the test this past week. It has been performing extremely well. I kept it simple yet effective. But it will constantly receive upgrades. The build process never ends.

I will post better pics soon. Any suggestions for improvement are welcome. First mod will be to build a battery tray to properly hold the Pelican battery. Next up will be some lights.

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Sammy Huen

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Sorry if I ask again, but I'm putting up a similar setup...

What is the model name of your manfrotto mast?

And, could the 2 antennas mounting supports slide on the horizontal manfrotto bar or are they locked?

Thanks again,

vale.

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Hey Vale,

 

Here is the components for the Antenna mast.

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/546540-REG/Manfrotto_099B_3_Section_Extension_Pole_35.html

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/503258-REG/Manfrotto_154B_154_Triple_Microphone_Holder.html

 

The pole rests on a slight protusion on the bottom of the cart.  I simply secure it to the cart by wrapping a stip of velcro around and zip ties tio finish it off.  Seems very secure so far.  Hope this helps.

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Splendid job. Elegant and clean. I'm still working off a PSC sound cart upright I received for some music playback on an episodic I did years ago, instead of a money. Production bought it for a British sound mixer and I ended up with it. No complaints.

Sans Pelican battery of course, heavy? Looks like a few heavy rack mount drawers. I can't seem to find any light ones.

Just ordered Manfrotto triple head. This forum is setting me back some duckets. Like the majority of us sound mixers I love new practical solutions, especially if they're lighter than what I've been doing (C-Stand arm). Thanks for sharing.

Best,

Dean

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Dean Gudmundson

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Splendid job. Elegant and clean. I'm still working off a PSC sound cart upright I received for some music playback on an episodic I did years ago, instead of a money. Production bought it for a British sound mixer and I ended up with it. No complaints.

Sans Pelican battery of course, heavy? Looks like a few heavy rack mount drawers. I can't seem to find any light ones.

Just ordered Manfrotto triple head. This forum is setting me back some duckets. Like the majority of us sound mixers I love new practical solutions, especially if they're lighter than what I've been doing (C-Stand arm). Thanks for sharing.

Best,

Dean

Sent from my iPad -

Dean Gudmundson

shadowsnd@aol.com

starcase has aluminum drawers. you save 11.25lbs over steel for a 3U drawer:

 

http://www.starcase.com/3RU_alum_rack_drawer_detail.htm

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Nice carts guys! Love the custom battery holder...

Andy and Sammy, what size cases are those? I was guessing a 10u and a 6u for Sammy's and (2) 10u or 12u for Andy's cart. Thinking of doing a similar setup but with a 12u and an 8u on the smaller FilmTools cart like Sammy did but with the SKB cases like Andy's (because of recessed latches).

The pics were posted a little bit ago, you guys still happy with this type of setup?

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Andy and Sammy, what size cases are those?

The pics were posted a little bit ago, you guys still happy with this type of setup?

You're correct. 10 space SKB on top and 6 space at the bottom.

Sammy Huen

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Hi Sammy

Have you secured the cases to the cart with ratchet straps (I cant quite make it out from the photos)?

 

How do you find the Filmtools cart - any problems thus far? I remember a thread where Paul Graff said as well as being quite heavy, he found it unstable and all the weight was on the front wheels. 

 

Really nice job - very impressive set up

 

Stuart

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Very nice. Black Magic really hit the ball out of the park with those dual rack mount monitors!

I am going to try to build a somewhat similar setup in the near future and am curious how you guys secure your recorders and other non rack mount gear to prevent it from moving around?

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Very nice. Black Magic really hit the ball out of the park with those dual rack mount monitors!

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Well, yes and no.  They are SDI input only, so if an SDI feed is all you'll ever receive, then yes.  If you sometimes get a composite feed, then you'll need a composite to SDI converter -- an HDMI feed requires an HDMI to SDI converter -- component requires a component to SDI converter, etc.

 

I'm not knocking them, they're what I'm currently using, but with situations like a feature I worked on last summer, (sometimes an HD-SDI feed, and sometimes a composite feed), not ideal for every situation.

 

I switched to them a while back because the Video Assist team I work with most of the time prefers to send a 23.976-PSF signal which not all monitors will handle (The BMD Duo will).  The monitors I was using were ideal except for that as they could handle composite, HDMI, component, SDI, and HD-SDI (everything except for 23.976-PSF - yikes!).

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Stuart, I currently secure the SKB cases with a ratchet strap.

Yes that filmtools cart is relatively heavy and much weight is over the front wheels. It is not the most maneuverable cart. However, I do like the smaller footprint compared to the magliner type carts. By having the Pelican case battery over the rear wheels, it also distribute the weight better.

Sammy Huen

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Blackmagic lowered the price of the smartview duo. I think for the money, they're great. They are lacking HDMI and composite inputs, power switch, and are difficult to see in broad daylight though. I have a blackmagic HDMI to SDI converter handy.

Sammy Huen

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