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Booming in the Rain

Category: Fred's Blog Fred Ginsburg

rainHere are a couple of audio related questions that recently came to us from readers....

 A university professor writes: I have students shooting a major war battle scene from their film this Friday, in a town about a hour away. They do have some dialogue, although it's mostly an action scene. The weather prediction is now 70% rain.

Their question was, other than attaching wireless lavs under clothing, how else could this be recorded? We can't have the boom mic out in the rain, and we'd pick up the sound of rain on the mic. Is there any other option for location recording in the rain?

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Walkie Talkies

Category: Fred's Blog Fred Ginsburg

walkie talkieSo how many walkie talkies does it take to screw up a production?

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Why the broadcast industry prefers compact flash

Category: Fred's Blog Dan Montecalvo and Tom Duffy

Compact-Flash-Card-19Ever wonder why so many of our high end recorders use compact flash, while most consumer products use the popular SD cards that are so much smaller and less expensive?

Dan Montecalvo and Tom Duffy, both with Tascam (Broadcast Audio Products) sent me this brief explanation of why compact flash media is preferred by many (professional) manufacturers over the smaller and thinner SD cards.

"Much faster write speeds, easier data recovery in case of failure and the CF connector is rated for 10k+ insertions (SD is rated around 1k). The SD card has its connection metal area exposed (scratches/grime) where the CF connection area is enclosed and kinda self-cleaning. The SD connector in the device can lose its 'springiness' and wear-out (gotta replace the device)...with CF, you simply replace the card because the spring contact part is in the card - not the device. All these reasons and more is why CF is preferred in the broadcast industry."

Student Projects

Category: Fred's Blog Fred Ginsburg

guillotineI have spent the last several days reviewing and grading student projects for my 358 class, and in general I am very dissappointed. There were a couple of good projects turned in, but the majority of them were pretty bad.

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