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#1 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 03:05 PM

Anybody has suggestions and pictures of mounting the Camwave to various cameras while on the steadicam......?

Also the Transmitter is quite thick so I decided to take both battery plates off and power it through the 4-pin xlr.

It not only reduces the weight substantially it also cuts the depths nearly in half.

TX weight with plates: 800g or 1 lb 12 oz

TX without both plates: 593g or 1 lb 5 oz

that's a 25% reduction in weight!
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#2 Charles Papert

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 05:50 PM

So much for your warranty, Jens...!

Did you make up dummy plates to plug up the holes?
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#3 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 02:23 AM

who need warranty anyway.... :D

i plugged the holes with pieces of plastic from the inside, they are actually not that big maybe 1x1.5 ", then covered the whole area with velcro....
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:30 AM

Hi Jens,

I use one of these:

http://www.elementte...s/view.php?p=34

and chuck the Camwave onto the bars of the camera (normally Red). Works nicely, very secure. I use the same thing for my decimator when I need it.

They aren't cheap but I guess you only need to buy them once!

I love my camwave, glad I didn't wait for the Boxx and pay 3x as much!

Ben
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#5 benedictspence

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:32 AM

Oh, you might need to put one of the V-loc plates back on. :)
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#6 Jamie McIntyre

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:43 PM

Hi guys,

I have a question about the Cam Wave too. I was flying on a RED shoot on Saturday so I took my Cam Wave along and got it all set up. For the first few shots we had to go without wireless video assist as the productions monitor went down about 20 minutes before I arrived on set. However, a runner turned up with a new monitor, I believe it was a 9 inch Panasonic BTLH900, I'm not 100% sure though.

Anyway, I'll get to the point. The problem I had was a rolling image on the monitor. I tried everything I could on the spot, changing the frequency channel on the TX, changing the BNC output on the RX etc etc but nothing seemed to work. The AC played around with the monitor for a good 5 minutes too, we just could not figure it out! I got lucky as the AC and DP said not to worry as we only had a couple of shots left to get in the bag... but for future gigs I'd rather save myself the embarrassment.

Can anyone shed any light on this matter please?

Cheers

J
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#7 Jamie McIntyre

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:47 PM

aHA! I have answered my own post. Such a simple solution.

Just incase anyone else has this problem in the future...

''These two devices work great together, but there is one little trick that’s good to know. The RED has a slightly unique way of carrying the video signal over HD-SDI. You must manually adjust the signal frequency of the video. It’s not a big deal and in fact most monitors will self-compensate for it. But the carrier signal of the Cam-Wave cannot (it doesn’t know it’s supposed to because it is just a carrier, not a display or recorder).

Why does this matter and what do you do about it? It’s really simple: If you’re shooting at 24fps or 30fps, then the video frequency must be set to 59.97i. If you are shooting at 25fps then the frequency must be set to 50i. I get this question all the time on rental jobs where people have a strange rolling image from the Cam-Wave. Every time it turns out they are shooting 25fps but never switched the camera to 50i. Here’s the menu path to adjust this on the RED:

SYSTEM — MONITOR — HD-SDI — 50i/59.97i.

Takes just a few seconds once you know where to look.''

:)
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#8 Will Eichler

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 12:56 PM

Hi all,

Be careful of one thing (besides your warranty) when you are deciding to remove your plates to save weight:

If you plan to use your Camwave with a camcorder style HD camera (IE - F900, Panasonic, etc) you need to know that power WILL NOT pass through to the camera if you use the 4 pin XLR power input. It will only work if you use the battery mount.

I demoed the unit in January and was only concerned with the signal - which is as advertised. I demoed with a RED on a bench at my local rental house.

I then got my unit in early Feb to use on the TV show I'm on. Set it up with the Panavised 900 we are using, hooked my power cable up from the sled to the XLR input and the Camwave fired up but the camera didn't.

The song and dance I got from the Salesman was "well, you had a demo unit." My response was "I didn't bother to test something we've all had worked out since the 80s."

It's the only part of the unit that is really annoying.

Just beware before permanently removing the plates.

Best to all,

Will Eichler
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#9 Charles Papert

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 02:28 PM

In that instance I'd just use a split (Y) power cable that feeds both the Camwave and the camera.

FYI, the V-mount plates for the Camwave connect via two Molex connectors and are a quick swap-out if one wanted to make their unit modular between plateless and v-mount. However the Anton Bauer plates require soldering and this is where you would be permanently altering the unit. I would actually be concerned about voiding the warranty with these--mine has already been back to the factory with unknown issues at the transmitter end.
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Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:26 PM

Just to add my thoughts...

I reckon there are some serious QC issues with the wevi's. My one originally arrived DOA, had to be sent back to idx, a friend of mine bought one new and ended up with a range of under 1m untill he sent it back to idx. My one was playing up something chronic the other day and again today so I'm thinking about sending it back again. Hmmmm...... Suddenly I'm pricing up a new TX/RX kit, don't really want to be doing that though!

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:46 AM

first problem, maybe somebody can help.


stable signal, but heavily pixelated/compressed image quality, what's wrong? shooting RED at 23.98 HD-sdi out
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#12 Charles Papert

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:37 PM

first problem, maybe somebody can help.


stable signal, but heavily pixelated/compressed image quality, what's wrong? shooting RED at 23.98 HD-sdi out



RED's seem to be notorious for having "wrong" output in settings--double check that it is putting out a correct 24psf signal. If possible, check your Camwave with another HD source. If its bad with that one, you'll have to send to IDX to be fixed--I had that happen once.
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#13 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:17 AM

first problem, maybe somebody can help.


stable signal, but heavily pixelated/compressed image quality, what's wrong? shooting RED at 23.98 HD-sdi out



RED's seem to be notorious for having "wrong" output in settings--double check that it is putting out a correct 24psf signal. If possible, check your Camwave with another HD source. If its bad with that one, you'll have to send to IDX to be fixed--I had that happen once.



FYI: IDX is currently revising their Camwave I/O board to improve link and image quality on future production runs.
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#14 Nicholas Davidoff

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:49 PM

FYI: IDX is currently revising their Camwave I/O board to improve link and image quality on future production runs.


Do you know if they'll be offering the new boards as a hardware update for current Camwave owners?
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#15 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 06:46 PM

FYI: IDX is currently revising their Camwave I/O board to improve link and image quality on future production runs.


Do you know if they'll be offering the new boards as a hardware update for current Camwave owners?


it's a hardware change that will affect the next production run as well as units that need repairs in the future. i'm sure you can upgrade if you pay for parts and labor, which will be a lot since there is only one board in each unit....
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