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#1 Christopher T. Paul- SOC

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 06:02 PM

OK, the concert's over and I can walk again. Actually the only strain I felt was on my left shoulder after the 3 1/2 gig. This was probably the hardest physical exertion that I ever experienced in my life.

I would once again like to thank all of those who pitched in advice, (and gear), which made all of the difference in pulling off this show sucessfully.

Indespensable advice for any who do multi-camera concerts would include:

- a second monitor on the rig that show the "return" or which camera the director is using at any given moment- as mentioned above this enables you to do your thing without comprimising any other camera's shot.

- a large supply of water

- a triax to BNC adapter. Unfortunately the engineers could not figure out how to work mine, (i.e. didn't know how to convert their gear to accomodate my adapter), and I had to fly with triax.

- above all Peter Abraham's tally light

- a proper respect for the crews who work the house day in and day out. I asked first and found that they wanted to bring my cart into the venue after it was downloaded from my truck, and they also wanted to wheel it back out to the venue door at the end of the show. The fact that I asked in advance made for a smooth show and a very helpful house crew. Had I just wheeled my stuff in with attitude would have been suicide.
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#2 Michael Reedy

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 11:16 AM

haha glad to hear you made it in one piece! How are the legs feeling? Back to normal I hope :)
So how did your footage end up, was it worth all the pain? 3 1/2 hours, I bow to you :P

Merry Christmas all,

michael.
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#3 Matt Burton

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 11:57 PM

Good for you, i didn't even make it to my gig. Dam car broke down the day before. And the garages were all fully booked.

Just out of interest, Is it not possible to do away with a second monitor and just have a "return" switch like studio cams but on the sled monitor, ?
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#4 RobinThwaites

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Posted 14 December 2004 - 05:32 AM

Hi Matt

A lot of operators rewire the camera run switch on the J-7 zoom control to give return - after all you will never need to roll the camera on a live show. If you don't have a J-7 it could easily be bodged with any momentary pushbutton switch running to the zoom connector on the lens.

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Posted 14 December 2004 - 09:25 AM

Good for you, i didn't even make it to my gig. Dam car broke down the day before. And the garages were all fully booked.

Just out of interest, Is it not possible to do away with a second monitor and just have a "return" switch like studio cams but on the sled monitor, ?

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Always better seeing a full time second monitor, switching back and forth is simply not as efficient for timing and composition of mixing shots. Additionally, if you wire for a return switch, you are adding 2 more conductors to your J-7 cable loop. I have always changed out the J-7 cable to a thinner 3 conductor wire for zoom only. This has always been part of my argument with pulling ones own focus. It adds more cables between the camera and rig, thus adding "aditude" to your operating. The more stuff you add the harder your grip becomes...

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