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Evan Walsh

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    1st Assistant Camera
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    Aaton, Arri, Canon, RED

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  1. When you say mag port cover, do you mean the magnetic gate cover or the rubber magazine loop protector / throat cap?
  2. Depending on the length of the rental its probably cheaper to pick one up off eBay/craigslist rather than renting but Du-All camera in NJ rents MiniDV, VHS and Hi-8 cameras. http://www.duallcamera.com/catalog/index.shtml
  3. Ah that's over my head but this sounds like something you might be able to create in an excel or google sheet through the math functions. You might need a spreadsheet pro to cook that up for you but I have seen some pretty comprehensive spreadsheets that help automate things like timecards/billing and data collection.
  4. I don't know any apps that do the adding/subtracting bit but if you just need to figure out run times and lengths check out the free Kodak Cinema Tools app. pCam Pro (IOS only I believe) also has this function in addition to dozens of other useful tools, I believe its $30.00
  5. I saw Heden has released an updated version of the M26VE Motor which claims a higher speed. Has anyone used one of these with a Preston system yet? Trying to gauge its speed/torque in comparison to a DM1x but I haven't seen this new motor in the wild yet.
  6. Evan Walsh

    RED KOMODO

    You're right the Pocket 6k is cheaper and no one is forcing you to like the Komodo, if you like the pocket 6k that's great. You can run the Komodo right out of the box with just a battery and lens similar to the Pocket 6k if that is all you need it for,and yes it can record for more than hour without overheating but I'm not here to sell you one. All in a Komodo with Wooden Camera cage, B-box, A-box, PL mount and some media will run you around 11k +/-. Once you're there you can now use it with all the commonly found AKS and make use of industry standard I/O. No HDMI-SDI conversion needed, No mini to full size XLR cables needed, no audio track timecode work around, no LANC cable for run/stop and if you're in the situation that calls for it you can genlock the camera. The cost increase is from the professional options it gives you, if you don't need those options then you don't need those accessories. I've never been a great fan of the Red ecosystem or look for that matter and I agree that the "Arri Look" is something most people strive for. However, the utility of this camera is pretty undeniable. Much like the Alexa Mini, this was not meant as a replacement for the A camera and requires work arounds and concessions to make it one but it definitely has the ability to fill that roll most of the time. Silly as it sounds, if you're the shooter/editor one man band type who might need to sell the client on the gear that they have, saying "I have a Red" may save you the effort of trying to convince them something else is good enough because it lacks the brand recognition.
  7. Evan Walsh

    RED KOMODO

    At face value it may seem like typical Red price inflation but I do think the cost is justified having used both. Global shutter, ease of changing mounts, aftermarket options for internal ND's, wireless control and monitoring, metal construction, better power options, mounting points on the camera, timecode, arri style R/S and genlock via adaptors. Those features / options put it in a different class from the pocket 6k which I think justifies the price tag.
  8. Evan Walsh

    RED KOMODO

    Jarred from Red had mentioned a big reason for its creation was the demand for a truly compact and cinema grade camera that could offer greater versatility than what is available today. A specific scenario he cited was something that could replace GoPro type cameras for action cam/crash cam applications while being able to shoot an established codec and match the primary cameras of a project. How many times have you seen a film or TV show where they cut in some drone or crash cam footage and it sticks out like a sore thumb. The catch is that this isn't meant to replace your A camera. Could this camera replace your A camera? If you're mostly shooting 24fps and don't require all the I/O the larger cameras provide then yes it can do the whole job. However, if you need lens metadata, in camera proxies, isolated SDI outputs, speeds above 40fps in the full resolution etc. then this is not your primary camera. At the end of the day it's just another tool for people to use.
  9. What Satsuki said, 138 (or 4.5 round) are useful for effects filters like Star's allowing you to dial in an effect. Pola's, Diopters and Stars will be the most common round filters you'll find. You may occasionally see round ND or Diffusion filters but those were intended more for the threaded mounts you would find in the photo or ENG world where you may not be using a mattebox.
  10. Will it cause catastrophic damage to the camera? Highly unlikely. However you may find some registration issues or you may cone your feed or take up side depending which side is placed facing the ground. I think ultimately you would be fine but couldn't hurt to shoot a test before hand. It makes me think of when people "sloppy low mode" a film camera on steadicam and just flip the sled as they would on a digital shoot instead of properly mounting the camera for underslung operation. 98% of the time its totally fine, occasionally you will run into either scratching, registration or jams when running a camera in a strange orientation.
  11. #3 looks like some sort of run/stop remote switch. It should have either a Lemo 1B 6pin or a Lemo 0S 2pin on the end unless someone cut it off. #7 is a bag of fuses. The cylindrical ones would go inside of the batteries they should be rated for 5A if you look as the inscriptions on them. The Shorter silver one would go into the body and should also be rated for 5A. The small oval shaped one with the long leads is the style you'd typically see with an SR but I have heard of people trimming them to fit into an Aaton fuse compartment when in a pinch.
  12. Sigma cine zoom's Why: Speed, size/weight, quality, brand recognition, people won't be suspicious if you show up with one as silly as it sounds. They have been available for while now and I have not heard any people have serious issues with them so they have been proven in that regard. They are also readily available from many rental houses now so if one of your lenses goes down you could easily rent a replacement in most markets. Why not: Breathing, the 50-100 especially. Mount is not user swappable.
  13. I know there are Nikon mount adaptors for the Aaton mount, one came with my XTR when I bought it. There may be others but the diameter of the Aaton mount may be the limiting factor in what kinds of lenses you can adapt to it. Try Serious gear and/or VP they may have some mount adaptors in stock.
  14. Does your setup use screw in rods as seen in some shape or zacuto baseplates? Screw in rods can be troublesome for lens motors, if that's not the case try calibrating on a lower torque setting. Do the lenses telescope as they move through the focus range? This can also cause motor issues if you're using a clip on matte box as the weight of the matte box will cause the focus mechanism to bind and the motors will kick off. If none of the above apply, try calibrating at a lower torque and as Kyryll said apply gentle force to the motor to keep it on the lens. Once it is calibrated you shouldn't have to worry about it hitting an endpoint and kicking off.
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