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#1 Alexey Milokost

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:41 AM

Hi everyone,
Anyone using Paralinx Arrow with wireless focus? Is it good for a critical focus pulling? Any delay issues? Do you advice to get one for focus pulling?
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#2 William Demeritt

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

Hey Alexey, welcome to the forum!

The Arrow is uncompressed HD with zero latency (literally below 1millisecond). Most of the focus pullers I try to use prefer to be near the camera on set, but if they need to be near the monitor for critical focus or other reasons, I'm generally not concerned about using the wireless in this manner.

The HD quality is sufficient to determine focus well enough through just the image on monitor, and the latency is negligible so the delay is no greater than a wired video feed (considering the LCD monitors all have an inherent delay of a frame or two).
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#3 Alexey Milokost

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

thanks for a reply! I used Teradek cube and the delay was too long for a pull. Anyone else using Arrow for a focus pull?
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#4 Alan Rencher

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

I haven't had any AC's complain about critical focus issues with a Paralinx. You can always email Dan at Paralinx, and he will be glad to help you out. If you're in LA, he may even be able to demo a unit to you.

Edited by Alan Rencher, 06 January 2013 - 05:45 PM.

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#5 Alexey Milokost

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:35 AM

I already contacted Dan at Red User. I know that people say it's almost zero latency. I just wanted to know if anyone was using it on a commercial shoot as a puller. I'm sure that for a Director's monitor that a great solution. Unfortunately, I'm not in the States to test it out, but thinking seriously to buy it.
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#6 Alan Rencher

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:48 AM

Like I said, I have had 1st AC's use it to judge critical focus, and they have not complained.
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#7 Charles Papert

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

With nearly all HD transmitters I've seen a small but quantifiable loss of sharpness due to the raised noise floor. You can see it on the waveform (where what should be a sharp line becomes a fuzzy line) and it manifests into the image as a slightly softer image. There are times that I have called for focus check on the camera only to follow up with "never mind, it's the transmission". It's usually quite subtle...but then again, so is critical focus.
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#8 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

With nearly all HD transmitters I've seen a small but quantifiable loss of sharpness due to the raised noise floor. You can see it on the waveform (where what should be a sharp line becomes a fuzzy line) and it manifests into the image as a slightly softer image. There are times that I have called for focus check on the camera only to follow up with "never mind, it's the transmission". It's usually quite subtle...but then again, so is critical focus.


Yup between that and transmission delay it puts the focus puller at a disadvantage
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#9 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

In a word you can use it as an aid to focus but should not rely on it solely.
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#10 Alexey Milokost

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

Thanks everyone, I'll buy it. Unfortunately, no way to test it(
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