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Patrick Baldwin

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  1. In 2011 I was doing unit stills on a UK BBC drama and was amazed to see the focus puller alongside the steadicam op on a walking shot pulling focus without a monitor. I asked him how he did that and he very politely said "it's my job to know what 10 feet is". In 2021 I bumped into him again on His Dark Materials and he was pulling off a monitor next to a camera on a dolly. When I reminded him about 2011 he said: "I wish I still had those eyes!"
  2. I have the first gen BM recorders in 5 & 7 inch versions which I think you can still buy. I also have two Ninja V's. The Atomos is a far better product than the BM's. You cannot calibrate the BM but you can with the Atomos. The BM are tied to SD cards which is very expensive in the case of the 4K version. They eat batteries and are only 400 nits so useless outside. The battery circuit failed on my 5 inch so I use a battery adaptor into the mains socket. BM wanted more than the cost of a new one to repair it! The 5 inch has false colour but no waveform. The Ninja V is a 1000 nits so much more usable outside apart from full sunlight. It records to SSD's which is a much better solution than BM. The second gen BM's look like a much better product and are 2000 or possibly even 2500 nits and aren't tied to SD cards. If it really has to be cheap then find a second hand 5inch BM but with all the caveats I mentioned in mind.
  3. David has breakdowns from some scenes from Mrs Maisel on his superb Instagram page. @mdmullen1
  4. I think the head in the top picture is this: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/272630-REG/Manfrotto_700RC2_700RC2_Mini_Video_Fluid.html
  5. Have you tried googling because I just found this and they sell tubing as well. https://www.bickers.co.uk/tracking_equipment/speed-rail-kee-klamp-official-distributors/
  6. Try here. Googling speed rail tubing for other options . http://www.doughty-engineering.co.uk/shop/26/
  7. Thanks for that. As you say a LOT of manual work. I am on FCPX so probably even harder! Thanks again.
  8. I think I have just had this flickering. I had three Z6's using exactly the same settings as part of a multicam. 5000 ISO @f5 25fps in 1080 10bit N-log. Only one of them is exhibiting this flickering! Only in the darkest scenes of the performance. It was an intimate play so they were basically looking at the same thing. Brighter scenes on the offending camera were fine. It actually looks like LED flickering but clearly isn't. Worrying if it is that random. I would be interested to hear any ideas on how to make it usable in post. I am expecting it to be unusable when I get to the edit.
  9. I hear you and I would of course use them given that ultimatum. They must be in love with at orange rubber look!
  10. When I'm on the road I download to bus powered WD 1TB SSD drives which are routinely 300mbs using Hedge. Whenever I use mains powered 7200rpm drives the download is always 170mbs. It doesn't matter one bit who has made it or what the cache size is it is always the same. The original posters problem is the bus powered spinning hard drives. I personally won't touch anything made by LaCie having had numerous failures in years gone by. Huge fan of Hedge.
  11. This might be of interest. https://www.newsshooter.com/2020/08/25/calling-the-shot-with-jefcharts/
  12. http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?366994-Sony-F3-S-Log-4444-PLUS-accesories
  13. You would have to budget for all the Horlicks you would need in order to sleep at night....
  14. Every day is world back up day in my workflow.
  15. Incredible sky. I might start running if I saw that coming.
  16. I don't think this is anything to do with camera shutter speeds. It's your playback that is causing the stuttering. If it plays back on the camera properly then you know its the way you are trying to playback via a DVD through your TV. Your TV is having to decompress the footage on the fly and cannot cope. If I have understood correctly I am amazed it plays back at all.I don't think this is anything to do with camera shutter speeds. It's your playback that is causing the stuttering. If it plays back on the camera properly then you know its the way you are trying to playback via a DVD through your TV. Your TV is having to decompress the footage on the fly and cannot cope. If I have understood correctly I am amazed it plays back at all.
  17. Rode mics are emphatically not trash! However, avoid the NTG2. Very low sensitivity. An NTG3 is a very viable alternative to the 416
  18. This might help: https://blog.discogs.com/en/side-by-side-test-vinyl-record-cleaning-solutions/ I cannot remember what solution was in my Nitti Gritti setup. It is a long time since I cleaned them and haven't needed to do it again since.
  19. The best way by far to clean records is with an actual record cleaning machine using the correct fluids. Then change the sleeves for anti static sleeves. I have also had good success removing static with a Zerostat anti static pistol but I'm not sure they make them anymore. It is some years since I went through all my records and cleaned them with my Nitti Gritti cleaner. There are various machines at varying prices depending on how much automation you want. They all basically vacuum the cleaning liquids off once the cleaning process has been completed. I think there might even be an ultrasonic cleaner these days. I don't think the method you described is a good way at all.
  20. There is a podcast here: https://gocreativeshow.com/cinematography-of-joker-with-lawrence-sher/ where the reasons for shooting digital are discussed. Well worth a listen.
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