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Richard Crowley

Engineer, Programmer, Producer, Musician
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Switching power supply for field mixer??
by Bob Mark 13 hours ago
I have noticed that AC to DC power supplies for field mixers are usually class 2 transformer supplies. Does anyone know if switching PS are suitable for this Thank you. Bob
Re: Switching power supply for field mixer??
by Richard Crowley 1 hour ago
There is no FUNDAMENTAL reason that a switch-mode power-supply (SMPS) wouldn't be suitable for most ANY application. Like everything else there are good SMPS and bad ones. And loads (like your mixer)
How to record good audio in difficult situations?
by David R. Falzarano 7 days ago
Hi there, a few days ago I had to shoot an acting seminar for teenagers, and the location was a complete mess: people practicing piano, guitar and drums in other rooms, tens of cicadas, very hot with
Re: How to record good audio in difficult situations?
by Richard Crowley 7 days ago
To expand on Mr. Watson's information about selecting a quiet location, suggest reviewing this valuable information: "An Open Letter from your Sound Department" http: filmsound.org production-sound op
Getting a sound feed for Sony PXW-X70 camcorder from SD 744T
by Anna Wong 3 weeks ago
Hi everyone, I would like to see if it is possible to connect the hardwares in the following way in order to receive the sound fee from my SD 744T. The sound feed is mainly for rough cut editing and s
Re: Getting a sound feed for Sony PXW-X70 camcorder from SD 744T
by Richard Crowley 2 weeks ago
Yes, I agree that if the wireless signal is reliable enough (considering that you are competing with WiFi and all the other BlueTooth gadgets in the room), then it would be a potential solution to est
How to transmit more than 1 lav mics to a single reciever
by Pat Kiloren 2 weeks ago
So I am a newbie here and looking for advice on my Azden Pro-XD lav mic set I just bought. Is it possible to buy more lav mics and transmitters to sync with one receiver that is mounted on my camera
Re: How to transmit more than 1 lav mics to a single reciever
by Richard Crowley 2 weeks ago
No, No, and Yes. No, a digital system like Azden PRO-XD (or any of the 2.4GHz wireless mic kits) are strictly paired one transmitter to one receiver. There is no provision in the protocol for the rece
Blog: Rodelink Wireless Filmmaker Kit: Worth the Savings?
by Jason Jenkins 3 weeks ago
Yesterday I had a customer concerned about interference he is experiencing with his RodeLink wireless system. I have used the RodeLink a few times in the past, without issue, so I have to confess I wa
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Re: Rodelink Wireless Filmmaker Kit: Worth the Savings?
by Ht Davis 1 week ago
Wireless systems are prone to this sort of behavior. They are made for distance miking not somebody standing right next to the unit. The reason you're getting interference is that the cable, the mic,
Recording dialogue in the rain.
by John Grothier 3 weeks ago
Greetings! I recently worked on a small budget web series, and there was a rain scene which rendered all hopes of recording good quality audio completely useless. The decision was to do some ADR when
Re: Recording dialogue in the rain.
by Richard Crowley 3 weeks ago
I always suspect that big-budget productions use ADR. There is no magic wand. I have seen historic reports of using big slabs of "hogs-hair" to protect things from the SOUND of rain falling. For examp
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Recording audio on a boat out at sea
by Tarik Fouda 1 month ago
Hey Everyone, I just got asked to record sound on a project that is shooting out at sea on a boat. It's going to be very windy most likely, along with other sound issues--birds probably, small waves,
Re: Recording audio on a boat out at sea
by Craig Alan 4 weeks ago
Like photographers who wait for the magic hour and trees and cloud coverage to filter the light, wait for times when the wind dies down. and find locations on-board where when there is less wind. shoo
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Lav mic recommendations
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hello gang... I'm a foreign face here... although I haunt the COW daily and host several forums, they are all on the visual side of things. I'm here in a bit of unknown territory on the audio side, so
Re: Lav mic recommendations
by Richard Crowley 1 month ago
Some sleuthing reveals that your location is Huntsville, AL The nearest major rental house is probably Trew Audio in Nashville They have several wired lavs and other types of mics available for rental
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Rode Mics
by Miranda Shar 1 month ago
Hi I'm in the market for some equipment to start getting some gear together. I've heard that Rode are relatively good mics for the price. As a person starting in the industry is this the way to go Tha
Re: Rode Mics
by Bruce Watson 1 month ago
Miranda Shar "I'm in the market for some equipment to start getting some gear together. I've heard that Rode are relatively good mics for the price. As a person starting in the industry is this the w
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Question about the phantom (AB 12V) power
by Nao Nakazawa 2 months ago
Hi professionals, I am on a shoot here in Japan and I rented Sigma SS302Rex. On its power selection there's AB power. I'm using Lectrosonics receiver UCR201 and I had it on line. It was pretty quiet e
Re: Question about the phantom (AB 12V) power
by Richard Crowley 2 months ago
"I didn't find a way to change the receiver between LINE and MIC. Does anyone know how " On page 5, the manual says... "OUTPUT LEVEL ADJUST Convenient front panel controls allow adjusting the audio ou
Microphone vs. Receivers/Transmitters... which is more important?
by Richard Greenwood 10 months ago
Here's my conundrum, I work for my University on a two man video production team where we mainly make promotional videos where audio isn't of much concern. Our go-to microphone recently broke and so I
Re: Microphone vs. Receivers/Transmitters... which is more important?
by Bruce Watson 10 months ago
Richard Greenwood "What I want to know from you guys is will purchasing a better lavalier mic and using with this kit improve my audio quality, or is the receiver transmitter the thing that is holdin
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Room mic's for small audience
by Tim Neighbors 10 months ago
I'm looking to install some fixed mics for a small room (about 35ft wide, 25ft deep) with theatre seating for an audience. This room will be used for presentations (presenter at podium, powerpoint on
Re: Room mic's for small audience
by Bruce Watson 10 months ago
Tim Neighbors " I'm just looking for the best solution that doesn't involve extra crew. As it is, they can't hear audience questions at all." Since this is video only, the best thing I've found is to
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Wireless G3 lav mic on a person holding a second handheld mic
by chon teck 1 year ago
Dear All, I'm trying to film a talk and plan to use the sennheiser g3 wireless system with a lav mic on the speaker who may be holding a second handheld mic. Due to the circumstances of the event, I'm
Re: Wireless G3 lav mic on a person holding a second handheld mic
by Peter Groom 1 year ago
If it were me Id 1) ditch the hand held. They sound awful, pop like mad, look rubbish on camera and are rarely held consistently in the right place to make the audio good. 2) put my g3 on the speaker
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recording good audio on a panel debate
by Santiago Pilgrim 1 year ago
Hi all, I am quoting for a project that will involved filming 3 people in a panel debate, with another individual hosting the debate. I am OK with filming this, probably have three cameras and two ope
Re: recording good audio on a panel debate
by Peter Groom 1 year ago
Do get an ISO of the main speaker ie a complete recording of his mic on its own channel not affected by the mix at all. It will be important as he is the moderator Peter Post Production Dubbing Mixer
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Audio Plays on computer, but goes near mute on Mobile Phone
by Miguel Zamora 2 years ago
Hi All, This has to do more with editing audio. I shot some talking heads with an H4N, and when I playback the footage on my comp, the orientation of two subjects sounds different from the rest. Then,
Re: Audio Plays on computer, but goes near mute on Mobile Phone
by Richard Crowley 2 years ago
You plugged a monaural balanced microphone into a stereo mic input and it recorded +signal on the left track, and -signal on the right track. Either track by itself would work, but when you combine th
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Best audio format.
by Anton Malahit 2 years ago
I want to download some audio tracks and have multiple settings to choose from. Main settings are frequency (44.1, 48 or 96 kHz) and bitdepth (16, 24 bits). I will use audio as background music for fi
Re: Best audio format.
by Rob Neidig 2 years ago
Antony, The general rule of thumb is that you would want the original files at the highest sample rate and bit depth that you can get. That way, if they need to be processed - equalization, compressio
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What is the difference between Stereo, 2 Channels and Dual Stereo?
by Levan Katsadze 2 years ago
Hello, in Sony Vegas Pro 13 rendering settings, PCM audio format has some options about channels. . . Please tell me what is the difference between these tree options: Stereo 2 Channels Dual Stereo Th
Re: What is the difference between Stereo, 2 Channels and Dual Stereo?
by Brian Reynolds 2 years ago
Let me try and explain it to you.... Mono, A single track of audio. Stereo, 2 Tracks of audio that are similar in content (think of a music track that has both Left and Right content). In the editing
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Panasonic AW-HS50 Tally
by Richard Crowley 2 years ago
Argh! I got my nice wireless tally system all running, and now I find out that my Panasonic AW-HS50 switcher interface connector appears to be DEAD. None of the inputs or outputs appear to do anything
Re: Panasonic AW-HS50 Tally
by Tom Matthies 2 years ago
Your switcher uses an open collector connection for tally so you will need to bias the connector with power to drive the transistor to conduct. See page 68 in your switcher manual. E=MC2+ -2db
Switcher for church IMAG
by Grant Hansen 3 years ago
My Church is looking to Upgrade our Video System and expand some of our IMAG capabilities. I'm look at Blackmagic's ATEM 2m e. I'm planning for the abblity to run 8 inputs (6 cameras and 2 computers).
Re: Switcher for church IMAG
by Richard Crowley 3 years ago
IME the ATEM switchers do not have sufficiently low latency for live image mag use unless you use gen-lock cameras. Whenever I need to do live image-mag, I have to use my Panasonic AW-HS50 switcher. I
New setup Atem TV Studio / Decklink Studio
by Adam Kolish 3 years ago
Hi everyone, I had a couple questions I was hoping someone might be able to answer, as I think there might be a mistake in my setup: What I was tasked to do was design a new System for a church that h
Re: New setup Atem TV Studio / Decklink Studio
by Richard Crowley 3 years ago
Check out MXlight as a solution to both live streaming AND recording the H.264 video from the USB output of the TVS. It is quite possible that it will run on one of your older PC systems. http: mxligh
Headphones with camera
by Jack Niedenthal 3 years ago
I use a Panasonic HPX 170 camera. Someone gave me some Studio Beats headphones, so I used them to plug into the camera on my last shoot to monitor the sound (using Sennheisser ew100 G3 wireless mic).
Re: Headphones with camera
by Eric Toline 3 years ago
Short answer is do not use noise cancelling head phones, now you know why. See if you can get a pair of Sony 7506 headphones to monitor the audio from the camera. You'll hear everything you're suppose
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(Maybe) A Silly Question on Speakers for Editing
by Diane Reid 3 years ago
In my spare time I record and edit church sermons for playback on community cable. I would like to get a better set of speakers for monitoring the sound as I edit on my PC desktop. My current speakers
Re: (Maybe) A Silly Question on Speakers for Editing
by Eric Toline 3 years ago
There are two types of speaker powering and both include an amplifier. Those that require a external amplifier are known as passive speakers, those with built in amps are self powered speakers. Best a
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Disappearing Threads?
by Richard Crowley 3 years ago
I have seen a few cases where a thread completely disappears under different conditions. It seems like very odd behavior to be designed that way, so I think it must be a bug For example, the thread ti
Resolved, but I can't delete this.
by Richard Crowley 3 years ago
I discovered this is because of the option to block "newbie" posts which appears to be defaulted "on". I personally think this is a bad idea because everyone was a newbie once and had to start somewhe
Wireless lav mics- how to avoid "audio spillage"?
by Max Palmer 4 years ago
Some of you may have seen my previous post last week about buying wireless lav mics. I happened to seek out another department in my company who just so happened to have two brand new Sennheiser G3's
Re: Wireless lav mics- how to avoid "audio spillage"?
by Bill Davis 4 years ago
Max. Since you're learning about microphone use here's a tip. Remember the inverse square principal. Look at where you are placing your microphones. If you have them mounted as "tie tack" locations -
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Video Cameras to use with Black Magic ATEM Television Studio
by Patrick Cutler 4 years ago
I'm upgrading my broadcast equipment and would like to know which HDMI video cameras work best with the Black Magic ATEM Television Studio I typically broadcast long sporting events (such as tournamen
Re: Video Cameras to use with Black Magic ATEM Television Studio
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
You didn't state a budget. I am doing something similar and I am VERY happy with my Sony HXR-NX5U cameras. (Street price: $4K) I have three of them and I am planning on dumping my EX1 and getting a 4t
New to Blackmagic Design ATEM question
by John Wilhelmi 4 years ago
Hi, I am new to Blackmagic Design and will have many questions while I learn. Linearity is not my style so I will be jumping around from model to model and software package to software package asking
Re: New to Blackmagic Design ATEM question
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
Powering down seems like a pretty kludgy answer, especially with no power switch and a captive power connector. I would just overwrite the unwanted frames with a black frame and get on with it. Name i
Best / simplest audio solution into ATEM Television Studio?
by Mark Slocombe 4 years ago
Just got TV Studio for conference meeting webcasting, Using XDCAM EX1 cameras - SDI into Atem for video. We have 2 Sennheiser K66 boom mics. Am thinking simplest audio solution using our kit is to plu
Re: Best / simplest audio solution into ATEM Television Studio?
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
The TVS has only digital audio input. I don't know that it does anything with the audio data coming in on an SDI or HDMI video input. Furthermore, "sync" implies that you are delaying the audio signal
Middle School Teacher looking for assistance with ATEM TVS!!!
by Michael Spano 4 years ago
OK I won't go into all the long drawn out specifics. To be short, I took on the challenge of starting a Film TV production coarse at the Middle School (8th grade) level. The Film class has been going
Re: Middle School Teacher looking for assistance with ATEM TVS!!!
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
The Behringer SRC2496 does NOT include audio delay. And the Behringer Shark DSP110 does NOT include digital output. However the Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 includes both adjustable delay AND digi
Shooting in China. Power Question
by Michael McSwain 4 years ago
Headed to China next week and I'm just now realizing that I don't yet have a solution for powering my lights and charging my batteries. I'm sure the batteries isn't a problem and a standard power conv
Re: Shooting in China. Power Question
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
Inspect the nameplates on your chargers. They may be "universal" meaning that they will operate from 100 to 240V, so you would need only a mains plug adapter. Very little modern equipment gives a fig
new Blackmagic products I would like to see
by Bob Zelin 4 years ago
Hi - first, I too want my new Blackmagic products, like the Teranex, and Camera. So no matter what I suggest here, even if Blackmagic said "yes - we will do it" - I know that I would not see it until
Re: new Blackmagic products I would like to see
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
"Huh Which converter boxes are you talking about BMD's mini and OpenGear converters are the cheapest there is, at least from what I can find. Far more inexpensive than AJA, for instance." They are all
Audio A/D converter for ATEM TVS switcher
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
I have found the KanexPro AUA2DCV analog to digital converter to be compatible with the digital audio input required by the BMD ATEM TV Studio switcher. This is a very small, ultra-simple, and inexpen
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Re: Audio A/D converter for ATEM TVS switcher
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
How much delay (if any) a particular application needs depends on many details of the specific situation. It is correct that the KanexPro AUA2DCV only does analog-to-digital conversion and not any kin
FYI: Blackmagic Design's new website URL
by Peter J. DeCrescenzo 4 years ago
Over the weekend, BMD changed their website URL to: http: www.blackmagicdesign.com (They dropped the hyphen between "blackmagic" and "design"). Update your bookmarks ... --- http: www.peterdv.com
Re: FYI: Blackmagic Design's new website URL
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
Seems silly of them to drop the long-established URL. Or at least have a manual or auto-forwarding page. I would describe this as "user-vicious" (the opposite of "user-friendly"). It costs almost noth
File: back of my DAT deck
by Mary Waitrovich 4 years ago
jpg file photo shows inputs and outputs of DAT deck https: f1.creativecow.net 4329 back-of-my-dat-deck
Re: back of my DAT deck
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
No, don't touch those screws! They hold in the optical connectors in place. It won't make any difference time-wise whether you do a digital or analog transfer. It may not make any difference quality-w
problems with Sony HVR-Z5 and fluorescent lights
by Ewan Horlock 4 years ago
Hi there, Not too sure if this is the correct section but here goes Basically I have been experimenting with the Sony Z5 under fluorescent lights and I was wandering if someone could help. I have read
Re: problems with Sony HVR-Z5 and fluorescent lights
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
What are you shooting 25P What problem are you seeing trying to solve What lighting options are available to you
Camera and teleprompter positioning
by Oliver de Morassé 4 years ago
We are shooting full body spokespersons against a green screen for e-learning videos. I have received contraditory advice, and would appreciate what you think: 1. Approximately how high should our tri
Re: Camera and teleprompter positioning
by Richard Crowley 4 years ago
I recently shot a similar production of a 1 hour delivery. I used a 19 inch LCD screen positioned right below the lens and we were about 12 feet away from the talent. The farther away the camera is fr
No Contract Was Signed -- Client Pulling the Ol' Rope-a-dope!
by Charles Diaz 5 years ago
BACKGROUND: I filmed a commercial donut for my highest paying client, no contract was signed, but they paid full price for everything. And since it's a donut they pay each time it needs updating i.e.
Re: No Contract Was Signed -- Client Pulling the Ol' Rope-a-dope!
by Bill Davis 5 years ago
My opinions... Paragraph 1 - you said "they paid full price for everything." So in my book, they OWN everything. It's theirs, not yours. Period. Paragraph 2 - coyaly schmoilly. They are asking for th
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ATEM TVstudio input routing??
by Richard Crowley 5 years ago
I have read the manual and even loaded the control software, but without the actual unit to experiment with, it is not clear exactly how the four SDI and four HDMI inputs are routed to the 6 available
Re: ATEM TVstudio input routing??
by Jeff Hartman 5 years ago
First off, this post is based on firmware revision 2.7.1, which changed some of this functionality. If you are running an earlier revision, you will want to first download this and update your system.
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Logo on a tractor as part of a shoot. Is this a problem?
by Olly Lawer 5 years ago
Hi, I'm filming a comical advert which involves a tractor, plus the make model of the tractor. They may not want to be affiliated with the advert, so I was going to blur out the brand and presumably t
Re: Logo on a tractor as part of a shoot. Is this a problem?
by Richard Crowley 5 years ago
http: writ.news.findlaw.com commentary 20031023_hodes.html
Lighting case for airlines?
by Bob Knapp 5 years ago
Does anyone have any recommendations for a hard shell case for lighting stands small tripods backdrop stands I'll need to check this on airlines. It doesn't need to me padded. I'm just looking for som
Re: Lighting case for airlines?
by Richard Crowley 5 years ago
I also went with a large golf bag case for a bunch of stands and cables. I managed to pack 95 pounds into it(!) The case was great, but the weight was a killer. On a short trip across the country, I n
Component video over cat 5 or 6 ?
by Al Kohout 5 years ago
Hello...we have a Tricaster Studio (not HD)...and wish to make connections simple. I heard we can run the signal through a Balun on each end and convert to cat 5. (or cat 6 --what is difference ) Can
Re: Component video over cat 5 or 6 ?
by Richard Crowley 5 years ago
Yes, you can use an inexpensive balun to send composite or Y C or component video over Cat5 cable. Something like this... http: www.tripplite.com en products model.cfm txtModelID=4596 Depending on man
Welding Video
by Karen Howell 5 years ago
Has anyone shot footage of welding I don't want to ruin my equipment and I am not sure of how to protect the sensor. My best guess is to shoot with the lens protected by a welder's hood (glass). My de
Re: Welding Video
by Richard Crowley 5 years ago
In addition to what Mr. Suszko said, is this just "B-roll" for something, or are you shooting instructional footage where we need to see the actual arc flame, how to move the work piece, how the metal
I'm looking for feedback on the following telerpompters: Stewart instruments, Electronic Script Propmting and an LCD4
by Noam Osband 5 years ago
I'm trying to create an interrotron setup so I am buying two teleprompters. I'd like a fairly large one in front of my main camera, a Panasonic HMC-150, so the subject has a larger face to look at. Do
Re: I'm looking for feedback on the following telerpompters: Stewart instruments, Electronic Script Propmting and an LCD4
by Richard Crowley 5 years ago
I have the LCD4 product. It is OK if that size works for you. It is made for smaller cameras (like yours and like my EX1 and NX5s and closer operation (not across a large studio, etc.) It is reasonabl
Live Video Feed for Theatrical Event: Cabling advice needed
by Daniel Horitz 5 years ago
Hello peoples, I am involved in a sight-specific theatre show in an old water pumping warehouse in which I will be dressed as a deep sea diver with a video camera. I will be filming an actor as we wal
Re: Live Video Feed for Theatrical Event: Cabling advice needed
by Richard Crowley 5 years ago
You can hold most any flaky connector together with the proper application of cable-ties and or gaffer's tape. Really. Four small cable-ties will hold well enough that the cable will break before the
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