Posted 23 February 2004 - 03:27 AM
Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:45 PM
Once again fast and helpful.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 02:20 PM
Any help would be great
Posted 12 March 2004 - 11:06 PM
Posted 13 March 2004 - 03:17 PM
I saw that part as well. I'm going to order a few and see. They are only $3.75 a pop.
Posted 19 April 2004 - 02:28 PM
I'm a new operator and I've read allot about the Modulus 3000 and it seems to me that most of you use it, and love it. But I'd like to know if anyone in the States has used any other units like the Transvideo "Titan" or a "Black Box Video" ( UK) unit and / or others? How do they work on location and is the Modulus the best unit for a Steadicam?
Thanks for your time
Posted 19 April 2004 - 06:18 PM
Bonus points include huge heat sinking for cooling and super performance at low power.
And it looks cool.
Posted 19 April 2004 - 06:18 PM
marrell kicks ass ....
phanter has also a great one
all of them works on fm
Posted 19 April 2004 - 09:30 PM
I tested the titan last year and I have to admit I was a bit disapointed. The image is clear and crisp as long as both units (sender and receiver) are "seing" each other. but when the signal is lost, it just goes completly blank for a second or two..... We , as operators, have to go around these walls and objects that interfere with the Titan... On the other hand , the modulus is simple , reliable, a real workhorse. The signal can be sometimes a bit noisy but a shark fin antenna (from CIT also) will be a good investment. And the issue of sending the signal to everyone with a TV (modulus) or just to video village (sender-receiver solution adopted by Transvideo) is also to consider. On set today, everyone wants an image, the dolly pusher, the soud guy, the make up artist, the producer...The modulus for me is not an option, it is the only solution.
I also have a CineAsst sender ( www.cineasst.com ) that is a one channel sender. At half the price of a Modulus, it does a great job. Pros: Compact and does not heat up like the modulus, Great backup unit. Cons: Single channel; Sometimes (rarely) it will get some outside interference and you are stuck on that channel you first chose.
I would go for the modulus, no doubt about it.
Posted 20 April 2004 - 05:29 PM
Thanks for all your insight on Wireless units. I'll start shopping $$$ .
Posted 01 May 2004 - 01:45 PM
I did a test at Lentequip with my 3000 vs. the Canatrans 2. I have been told by all video assist guys here that my Modulus is the best they've seen (compared to the rental house units). This goes back to my theory of letting no one else touch it.
The comparison test of the 2 xmitters showed that the modulus is within 15% of the same image quality of the Canatrans (when the Canatrans was set to 3/4 watt output - equivalent of the Modulus). We did the same test with the Canatrans at 100% power (1 watt) and only then was it slightly better than the 3000 when we walked to the furthest point of our test route (2 stories down in an old industrial building - 181 Carlaw). The flip side to this test is that the Canatrans totally overmodulated the reciever at that power setting when on the same floor.
In my mind, it was not worth investing double the money for an xmitter that is maybe 20% better under best case conditions. However, the test pattern generator and very good sound transmission are bonuses with the Canatrans - but something I haven't found the need for. The variable transmission power and video/audio gain settings are great too - but again, how often do you need them?
Tha Canatrans is also bigger - like a third bigger - making it harder to tuck it up in various places.
Lentequip's goal was to make a unit that is much more service friendly - so for a rental house that owns dozens of xmitters - that means a lot. And I can attest to Lentequip's solid service (I own their batteries and chargers). The technology inside is years ahead of Modulus - and is superior without a doubt. But if it ain't broke, I ain't fixin it.
This is based on my direct observations of the 2 units together, and having worked with a 3000 for 4 years, I think I can say I know it fairly well. Rental house 3000's have done very poorly under the same tests.
The moral is: keep a close eye on your 3000.
Posted 02 May 2004 - 04:40 PM
Posted 02 May 2004 - 06:07 PM
Easy, elegant, and cheap
Posted 02 May 2004 - 09:15 PM
Posted 12 May 2004 - 06:07 PM
One other thing about the modulus 3000 - I use the Ch.28-48 long metal antenna made by CIT for tricky transmission applications (ATV's, concrete bunkers, the CN Tower 2 blocks away) and it makes signal strength on the 3000 absolutely amazing. For $96, it's a great way to give you that extra punch when needed.