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Rob Vogt

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  1. Some of the nicer carts I have seen, which are modified rubbermaids, have nicely finished wooden lids that lift up with one or 2 17' Sony or 15" TV logic monitors mounted to the inside of the lid. They have all their small gear, AJA boxes Decimator Quad Spits, mounted inside a clear acrylic with a small fan for ventilation. For the cart I would recommend having a way to mount some sort of receiver. Have all the wiring done really nicely with patch bays. I would also recommend getting a nice power supply that can handle all the gear including monitors off of an IEC cable. And have one or two 4 pin XLR DC ins and/or gold mounts for dc power. Power strip for small batteries (for iphone charger, preston batteries, laptop). Mixer style goosneck light. Hooks for BNC cables.
  2. Well one of the main things to consider is what you are going to use it for. There are many instances where you might want a single transmitter to go to a couple of receivers and many can not achieve this. Then there's the type of signal- ie HDMI (paralynx arrow, asus) or HDSDI (Teradek Bolt, Camwave, Boxx Meridian). If you want to encode your signal and stream it then there are many other options for live events and Teradek Cube. Then there's price, weight, reliability, FCC regulations, range, ability for line of sight, available mounting options, latency, whats available in your city.
  3. The frazier and revolution lens systems do have the focus and iris built in. Otherwise you will have to have a spacer ring with iris posts to mount the motors from a clip-on mattebox.
  4. Theres a place called casters & wheels in NYC/Long Island. They carry most everything
  5. Just took a look at the VanDamme website. I've never used this cable before, but I have assembled cables using Canare's CFB and CFW line and I can tell a difference in terms of physical strength and flexibility and performance. The CFB seems comparable to VD's Standard line the noticeable difference being a single layer of braided copper strands separated by a single solid copper conductor. The CFW, like the "HD Vision" line has two layers of braided copper (tinned copper in the case of VD) which makes the cable more rugged and protects better against interference. I noticed a difference in performance when using it for recoding and sending trigger like from a codex/Gemini. If its just for monitoring, there wont be much of a difference or at least, I haven't noticed. But then again I typically only use them for 30-50m lengths at most. When assembling the cable you can really tell the difference in the quality. Hope that helps
  6. I think you're overthinking it. The easiest way is to screw in a threaded iris-rods or small baby pin onto a spacer ring for a clip on. this way the motors are riding on the lens. This lens has the same front diameter as regular Primos so it should have worked with any clip on. In order to use FiZ motors though, you need to jump to the larger Panavision clip-on to do this with the E-sieres back. Its an ECMB or MBSP then you can have the room to have the pins fixed to the ring. I have only seen this used once so it is really a specialty item and most people wouldn't know what it was for if they saw it.
  7. We make a special spacer ring for the clip on with a pin on it that you can clamp a motor to
  8. That looks like its just the power in for the video tap. The camera power input would be one of the three right below the magazine. The bescor should have the standard 4 Pin XLR input Pin 1(-)4(+)
  9. Also if you are able to get it try to grab a set of reduction gears, it makes it a little easier. I worked at the operators convention this year when they were teaching the people to use the geared head they did simple dolly in, dolly out moves. Dollying while panning left and right down a corridor and they did the laser pointer exercise with a figure 8, your name in scrips and a circle triangle square ect. PS you dont need a separate head to dock the camera, use a utility plate.
  10. That does off-speed stuff, its an older camera so it could be had for a reasonable price, and it has 2/3" lenses which is good for faster pace sports stuff b/c of the dof. And its one of the cameras we used.
  11. I used to do this sort of thing for NBC and ESPN we did player profiles and headshots. What we would do is setup a room with a green screen have the player turn his head in several directions do a couple of takes with different panning tilting snap zooms ect. Give him a puck to play around with, play some music in the background to make him feel comfortable. Then for actual game play see if you can get him alone on the ice for some b-roll pickup stuff. If you can get your hands on a varicam for pretty cheap, or a fs700 for some off-speed stuff. Be weary of the ice and the lighting on the Ice its easy to blow out and to have a lack of separation. The real difference in terms of like a cinema/news(live) would be actual on ice angles. If you do an interview maybe something like on the bench. Have a couple of go pros in the net. Maybe a helmet cam (bullet HD) would be a cool look from a skater and/or a goalie.
  12. A battery charger is basically just a power supply, technically, most batteries can be charged with most power supplies if set up properly. You should look up the power ratings of your batteries and see, if your current charger is set up for a higher power rating than the AB batteries the charger can overcharge or undercharge the battery which will affect its capacity. Also, in each AB cell pack is an EPROM or RAM which counts the number of cycles the battery has gone through, It can get damaged and then it won't charge properly. Anyone whose seen a Dionic battery when put on charge- the red and green lights just keep flashing back and forth-- that means the battery isn't communicating with the charger; either due to a problem with the input circuit on the battery (the only thing to try is the reset button next to the display) or the PCB on the charger. I have charged AB batteries on non AB products, but I was able to set all the parameters and it was used on a charger which accepted the different battery types (Li-Ion, NiMH ect.)
  13. Use a tilt wedge. Or if you're shooting on a go pro just use a suction cup. ;)
  14. Well I'd imagine you'd need quite the large power supply. http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/routers/ps368/data_sheet_c78-571946.html Would do the trick although there may be, and probably is, some more specialized stuff out there.
  15. Also be weary about Convergent Designs vs Sony/Astro Design onboards which use the same 4 pin hirose but reversed polarity. The nanoflash is the same wiring as a Gemini, which is input protected, but the Nanoflash is not-or at least not as well protected. Same thing with the Genesis accessory and Alexa ethernet port. The stedicam pro 3 pin Male/Female lemo is reversed polarity from the Panavision 12V. The older heden c-motion motors used to be wired differently from Preston but the newer c-motion motors changed to use the same pin-out. The Barton box has the same connector but different wiring as the camera run-stop port on the MDR. Point being just because the plug fits doesn't make it right. If you're not sure ask during prep- someone at the rental house will know.
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