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#1 charlesneufeld

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 01:48 PM

UPDATED! Now with Tally LED on Transmitter!

Hey Guys,
Just finished putting this guy through its paces for the past 4 months, and I think I?m ready to let him loose!

- 16 Addressable pairs
- Simple operation ? power up units and mount photocell - done
- Can have multiple receivers
- Small footprint ABS case
- Power input options so you can use your existing cables (video assist/ focus)
- Can be battery powered by external 9-24vdc
- Daylight viewable LED?s
- Velcro photocell
- Power led
- Tally LED on transmitter
- Internal antenna
- short-range RF link to minimize interference with other devices
- no internal battery

_xtally_ Version 1.1 technical specifications

Power input: external 9-24vdc**
Power connector: 2.5mm barrel (common consumer grade connector)
Dimensions: 20mm x 60mm x 35mm
Radio frequency output: 434 MHz
Effective range: approx 50 feet
Photocell cable length: 600mm
Photocell spectral response: 400-700nm
Receiver tally LED rating: 110,000mcd
Receiver tally LED output pulse: 500mS*
Receiver tally delay: 100mS
Transmitter tally LED: variable brightness (0- 110,000mcd) ***
Unique address combinations: 256
Transmitter current consumption: 30-80mA
Receiver current consumption: 30/80mA
Operating temperature: -30C - +60C

*Output pulse will remain solid if frequency of input > 500mS
**Power cable not included
*** Transmitter tally led is variable brightness because it is tied to Photocell

Options for order
- Full aluminum cases(83mm x 53mm x 23mm) + 100
* must also include ext. antennas with alum. cases
- 0B Lemo power input + 75
- HR10 Hirose power input +85
- External antenna + 50
* antenna increases effective distance
- Ac/dc adaptor + 15
- Power cable +email for price

Introductory price 299USD + shipping of your choice
Place your order now! I?ll be shipping first week of April.
Email: Charles @ xtally(at)gmail.com

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#2 Jeff Muhlstock SOC

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 08:55 AM

Very nice work.
May I suggest you add tally lights on your transmitter side as well. Most of us pull off the viewfinder of video cameras, thus loosing a front tally for talent.

respectfully,

Jeff
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#3 charlesneufeld

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 01:04 PM

Hey Jeff,

Thanks for the comments! I'll open it up and see what I can do. Should be simple to do.

Just when you think it's finished... ;)

Charles
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#4 charlesneufeld

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:29 PM

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#5 Guido Lux

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 03:47 AM

Hi Charles!

I want one!Looks great to me!If you could include Jeffs suggestion it would be perfect!
I need a powercable for my MK-V Nexus! Maybe you want to email me your banking details...!
This is what I've been waiting for!!!

Guido "wants it all wireless" Lux

PS: If you come to NAB you could bring it with you and we make the exchange there!!That would be the easiest way!!
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#6 charlesneufeld

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 07:11 PM

UPDATE...

PCB's are here! :D
Everything is on schedule

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#7 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 04:15 PM

Hi all

Just received and tested mine. NICE! Simple design, compact, runs on a 9 volt ...and wireless. item was delivered on time as promised, no hassle .

Here is the reason I bought one:

I was flying a Sony 900 with Pro-35 adapter. The Pro-35 was taking it's power from the Sony camera, directly from the lens connector (the one we use to On/Off the camera with our remote focus systems). As you guessed, the on/off cable was not used because of this configuration and we forgot about it; there is one shot that was NEVER recorded because we used the On/off from the remote instead off starting the camera manually...

That thing would have saved me a call from the producer nobody wants to answer.

My 29,900 cents + shipping.

Fly safe, with the lights on
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#8 JobScholtze

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 10:51 AM

Hey Charles

I just recieved mine, and boy, its really a great piece of gear. Just did some testing and it works like a dream. No more hassle with wires, nice power from the sled. I'm loving it. Thx again.

Job"Are my lights on?"Scholtze
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#9 Bryan Trieb SOC

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 03:41 PM

Hey Guys,

I'm now on my 2nd unit from Charles and I'm still having "drop out" issues.
Sometimes the unit is solid, sometimes not.....have any of you guys had this experience of the receiver blinking or dropping out while the tally should be solid?
I'm using a Master Elite sled and powering the Xtally with cables from my sled.
I really love this unit but just can't seem to get it happening solid all the time.
Any advice would be much appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks!
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#10 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 09:55 PM

Hi Bryan,

I have had the same hickups from receiver but managed to now have a strong and solid signal 90% of the time by re-positioning the 2 units. A very good thing is the tally on the transmitter, I put that one also in sight so I have both lights in my view.

Hope that helps.

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#11 charlesneufeld

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 10:32 PM

Hey Frederic,

There is a code update for your unit, email me and we will sort it out.

Charles
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#12 Guido Lux

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 02:24 AM

Hi Charles!

I've been testing mine for a while and I just love it!!Works like a charm!!
I only have one little problem...one word: LASERPOINTER!!!
The LEDs on the upper tallybox are actually a little too bright (fixed it with a piece of diffusion)!! When you come a little to close to the talent they get this red GLOW...!
Maybe an idea for the next ones you make(or my second one!!)


Guido "red glow" Lux
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#13 charlesneufeld

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 01:39 PM

HAHAHA, ya Guido, I was concerned about the brightness, but I figured with the 60,000mcd LED's no one would complain about not seeing them! I use some gaff tape to cover half of the LED's off sometimes....hmmm perhaps a dimmer pot next round! haha


I also have different colours now! white, green, yellow, blue and red!

"A litepanel? who needs it, I got the xtally"


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#14 ALAN DRAKE

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 03:32 AM

Hi Charles

Could your wireless tally be tweaked to increase the distance? I am looking for a tally to accompany a wireless video camera over a distance of up to 500meters.

Cheers
Alan
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#15 Martin Stacey

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 09:01 PM

Does anyone know if Charles still makes these? If not does anyone know of a viable alternative?

Cheers,

Marty
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