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#1 Chris Hood

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Posted 25 September 2004 - 02:03 PM

Just wanted to get some options for weather protection (Winter in Utah)
for my rig. It's a PRO II sled,PRO arm and TB-6 monitor.
What are people using and where did they aquire it. Any other tips for cold
and wet enviroments would be welcome.

Thanks, Chris Hood
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#2 thomas-english


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Posted 25 September 2004 - 02:45 PM

likewise with an mk-v evolution sled and lcd monitor?
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#3 Marc_Abernathy


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Posted 25 September 2004 - 02:56 PM

hi guys,

there is a wealth of info on this in the archives., i would suggest you guys smoke those over.

just FYI...
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#4 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 25 September 2004 - 03:01 PM

Hi Chris,

The only tip I have for cold weather is too have plenty of spare batteries as I leave everything "ON" as soon as we go outside. This is to keep all the electronics (mostly the monitor) warm and I even leave everything "powered on" on lunch time if I can't get in a warmer place. It eats batteries fast but I manage to keep everything going till the end of the day. And keep your chargers and spare batteries warm! A cold anton bauer batterie will be on the "WAIT" position on the charger. Since charging a cold batterie can harm it, the computer controlled charger won't charge until it reaches a temperature of about 14 Celcius.... So it can sometimes take an hour BEFORE the batterie even starts to charge...

I also made a micro battery "warming blanket" to keep my batteries hot while outside.:
Went to buy a baby bottle warmer for the car at Wal-Mart for about 10$. Took the vinyl off around the element and changed the car adapter to a lemo that I plug directly into the sled .... I wrap the little blanket around the batteries and voila. Batteries heated like a charm and the thing looks nice with little bears and stars on the blanket. Simple and efficient. Of course this takes some power from the sled batteries. I only make sure I use only the third batterie on my setup to leave the other two to the camera and monitor.

Hope this helps.... And also remember you can never bring too much warm clothes with you...never.

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#5 Chris Banting SOC

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Posted 25 September 2004 - 10:21 PM

Try Colin Seden at Textile Innovations in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His company supplies the entire film industry here with custom weather covers, bags, etc. I just had a new set of rain/weather covers made for my Pro 2 sled and arm, along with a custom carrying case. He has the patterns in stock and can produce a copy very quickly.

His number is 604-882-4890

Good luck,

Chris Banting
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#6 Chris Hood

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Posted 26 September 2004 - 02:26 PM

Thanks for the comments.
Still wondering what other PRO/TB-6 owners are using for protection?
Any thoughts about the Camera Essentials covers?

Thanks again,
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#7 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 26 September 2004 - 06:19 PM

That's what I use for my PRO 2/TB-6.

But they are just rain covers not "weather" covers for the cold weather.
I've never had to do a job in "cold" weather (below freezing), but I'd be interested
in covers that keep the sled and monitor "warm" by not being so exposed to the
cold air.
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#8 joe mcnally

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Posted 26 September 2004 - 07:38 PM

Hi Chris
I know you wanted cold weather tips for here's one for mild weather, showers and sunshine.
Be very careful when covering up a CRT with Polythene or the like as its great for keeping the rain off but when the sun comes back out be sure to take it off the CRT as it acts like a greenhouse and your monitor can get very, very hot.
The original CP Master raincovers I find are too rigid.
Get a range of sizes of Polythene bags, Van Diesel for the pop promos and Ted Baker for the dramas, some zip ties and away you go, custom made to fit any rig from your local high street.
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