I would like to tell you all about my experiences with the new Bartech BDR receiver on set.
I received 2 BDR's from Jim Bartells a few weeks ago but didn't have a chance to use them until last week on set .
The first thing that struck me was who small the receiver was (,about 1/3 of the size and weight of the standard BFD receiver).
Secondly who all of the switches Channels select ,Mode ,Calibration ,Direction,Status,Security are recessed so there is no chance of bumping and changing them perfect.
Channel select works the same as the previous receiver 0-8 (there is also A-F which is not used )
Direction :Is the same as what is on the BFD handset switch the direction of the motor .
The assistant now has 2 choices to make switch direction on the handset or the Receiver
Security: stops the motor by 3% for lens going past Inf. or minimum range of the lens .
Mode: Is where you can change the torque setting to the motor.
Very simple to set up if needed from 0% to 100%.
Status light: Indicate green power on data being received
Cal Button :Lens Recalibrate button function.
simply press and the motor resets the ends .
At the other end of the receiver you have all of the plugs .In their great wisdom after listening to everyones feedback Marc and Jim changed the single power on/off connector(Hirose plug) to all Lemo the same as the standard BFD receiver. Thank-you gentlemen you have saved me and every one else $1000's in cables . I now am able to use all of my standard BFD cables with this receiver .
Camera On/off :
Power 10v-30v :Great
Digital Motor: 7 pin Lemo Same as the Preston .
When you plug in the Receiver in my case it was on a F35 their was no problem but you must be aware the system could draw 3 amps so check that what ever you plug it into will give you the power.
As soon as I connected the power and motor cable the motor started to set it ends and the assistant started marking up .Unlike the Preston the motor didn't move fast to it's mark when you first set it which was great.
Performance of the system FAST ,Simple to set up and it just works . My assistant loved it say no more.
Thanks Marc(PLC) and Jim (Mr BFD) thats another thing I don't have worry about .