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#1 Alan Lifton

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:08 PM

Hi Everyone -  We're buying a Tricaster-based portable production system (we're calling it a fly-pack) to produce college atheltic events (basketball, voleyball, soccer) and currently use Sony NX5 camera on a Scout.  Can anyone recommend an inexpensive wireless system to get the video signal back to the production switcher so the signal could be used in the production of the game?

 

I've been reading the various threads here and there seems to be no real concensus.  Thanks for your considered assist.


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#2 Alan Rencher

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:53 PM

What's your budget? Are you planning on recording the signal sent out of the camera, or will it just be for monitoring?


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#3 Alan Lifton

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:14 AM

We're gonna incorporate the feed from the rig into the switcher and record it.  It'll be just another video source from which the Director may choose.  As to budget, well... we don't have much money, so the smaller the better.  If it costs too much (and I just don't know what the magic number is...) we'll have to do without.

 

Hope this helps, and thanks for responding.


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#4 Alan Rencher

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 11:23 AM

Wireless is never the best option to record from, but the Live guys do use Box systems for the purpose you're speaking of (maybe someone else can chime in). At $20,000, it's not cheap.  There are other brands out there, and they have all been discussed in detail on this forum. I suggest doing a quick search.


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#5 Alan Lifton

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 03:54 PM

OK - thanks for the feedback, Alan.  Much obliged.


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#6 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 04:46 PM

Given your budget and circumstances, you may be better served to simply run a tethered video cable back to the switcher. Opportunity to train your student operators and cable pullers to operate as a team. You will want to invest in a 6 foot lightweight and flexible "jumper" to run between the sled and the vest, and connect to the heavier cable that feeds back to the fly pack. Are you HD or SD? Coax, triax, or fiber?


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#7 Alan Lifton

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:32 PM

Thanks, Mark.  That's a great idea.  We run HD on fiber.  Actually, we're in the process of purchasing the system right now, so if you have a specific recommendation for the cable, we can include it in the original purchase, along with an additional fiber cable.  Excellent idea...!!  Thanks again.


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#8 Mike Germond SOC

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 02:49 PM

If its SMPTE fiber you're using, call Suzanne Spera at Phoenix Optix 401-637-4600 for a 6ft Steadicam Jumper. It's the best price I've found, at $575, and the construction is more durable than the ones I've gotten direct from Mohawk. I wouldn't operate tethered Steadicam without it, especially on lightweight rigs. Attached File  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1378583339.252708.jpg   97.73KB   55 downloads
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#9 Alan Lifton

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:19 PM

Wow, Mike!  Thanks for the info.  I'll get on it first thing next week.


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#10 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:25 PM

That's where I got my fiber jumper, too. Some folks I've talked to prefer a bit longer, like 7 feet, but I have a 6-footer and it works for me.


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