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#1 Dan Coplan

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 02:42 PM

In general, are we still able to get away with charging extra to bring a downconverter ($75? $100/day?) or is that becoming something that's expected to be included with our package?

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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 02:49 PM

So you want to charge for not having a hd monitor?
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#3 Dan Coplan

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:12 PM

Why do I need an HD monitor? I can compose just as well in SD as HD.

But I'm guessing you answered my question.

Any other opinions?
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#4 RonBaldwin

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:22 PM

I have a similar issue trying to get an additional rental on an hd xmitter. I always get "that should be included" (I let them know the modulus is) or "why should we pay for an xmitter when we can plug in a cable for free?" The decimator is such a low dollar item, might not be worth pissing them off for. I need to get one -- I like my xcs pdl too much!
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#5 Mark Britton

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 10:25 PM

No, you won't get offered extra money for a downconverter you supply to make your rig work for production.
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#6 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:34 PM

2 years ago you could get a rental for a down converter, but that's when most things were shot film. Now that it's more common to shoot HD that rental went out the window
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#7 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:43 AM

In New York, we ask for and receive an additional rental fee for our Boxx Meridian wireless HD systems since these are additional equipment. Production managers will listen when you tell them about the capabilities and performance of the US$15,000 system. I have found it most effective to explain how stable and clean the wireless image is for the folks in the village.

On a recent national commercial, the PM said that they had been shooting in other cities and the director "just looked at the Steadicam monitor" or "watched playback." Well five minutes into the day, the director asked for his "wireless monitor" and the PM had to "have a chat" with me about solving the problem. "No problem" I said and pulled out my system. "This contents of this case cost $XXX per day" I told her and she ponied up the cash.

A system with this kind of power and initial cost is clearly not something to "be included" since this is quite a bit more than a Modulus.

Try it. It works. Perhaps when the systems come way, way down in price they might be affordable enough to "be included," but currently, that is not appropriate.
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#8 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 09:48 AM

I think in this day and age we are expected to handle an HD signal on our rig. How we achieve that is up to us (HD monitor or down converter). Times have schanged. As for an HD transmitter, that is another story! (for now).
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