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#1 thomas-english


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:54 AM

I spent all day yesterday on set with one. It was fantastic. Script supervisor said there wasn't a single break up all day. We did nothing to help the receiver as we simple popped it on the back of the monitor as a test. There were lots of walls involved and hey. No problems! Like being hard wired.

The fan is louder than the Wevi but this wasn't a problem on the Comedy dialogue we were shooting. I think one of the things that lets the Wevi down is the fact it overheats quite a lot. The RECON unit here still never got too hot. I seem to remember the Boxx fan is also louder than the Wevis.

This one was in V-Lock which was cool. If the V-Lock 24v adapter was on the back one would need the ARRI 24v right angle connector. Looking at it closely you could also use a V-lock to V-lock plate to give that extra few millimeters. I've noticed that the Arri Media cameras here in the UK are in AB 12v and Take2's cameras are in AB 24v so I am not too sure what to do about all this along side a lot of the cameras being in V-Lock 24v. This gives 4 different battery mounts to contend with.

On this shoot I never left 15m from the receiver however we did go through lots of walls. The camera assistants said Wevi's would have needed a lot more work to get a signal and they far preferred the RECON. Everyone was impressed.

Off course sound loved it because it transmitted over SDI the audio from the Arri Alexa. So on playback everyone had sound. Nice.

I'm very interested in putting larger Antennae on the back of this RX.

So far, yesterdays shoot. Flawless. Very happy.

I'll post some photos in a bit.

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#2 thomas-english


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:56 AM

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#3 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:16 AM

There is no fan in either the Boxx Meridian TX or RX.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:39 PM

And none in the Camwave....
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#5 RonBaldwin


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:11 PM

all the boxx's I have used...including mine...have a fan.
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:03 AM

I think Scott at the Boxx has made a few different versions. I can't say yay or nay or what model is what but I do seem to remember it having a good fan. The Switronix has a good fan. I really don't think its going to be a problem on 99.5% of scenes. Certainly in music videos and commercials it simply won't be an issue. In drama certain rare scenes will require a hard wire.

Like I say, the camera assistants on this show were pretty sure that most Camwave failures are down to overheating. Hey you guys know better than me but I've certainly experienced a lot of moody Camwaves. I think having a fan like in the Boxx or Swiftronix is a good trade off for reliability. Hey we have a fan in the cameras...
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#7 Bryant Swanstrom

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:56 PM

This review makes me want to sell the camwave... The thing is though, I've had no problems with my very new camwave so far, even worked great outside, in the desert where it was nice and hot. Script supervisor said there wasn't a single bad connection. I have yet to take it in for the firmware update that is available.

Still, it is a tough sell sometimes given its track record in the past.

Edited by Bryant Swanstrom, 11 March 2012 - 11:57 PM.

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