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#1 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 12:22 PM

Hello All,

Panavision unveiled their new Solid State recorder at their Panafest.
Did anybody work with it so far? Looks like a giant step in the right direction for us.

SSR-1 Brochure

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#2 Charles Papert

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 12:46 PM

Most importantly, does anyone have the spec on weight of this recorder vs the tape drive? And resulting total weight of the camera with this setup in shooting mode (compared to an XL or LW)?
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#3 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 12:50 PM

Most importantly, does anyone have the spec on weight of this recorder vs the tape drive? And resulting total weight of the camera with this setup in shooting mode (compared to an XL or LW)?



The Drive is 6lbs The Genocide is 13.75, the Active DownConverter is 1.75. So Figure 21.5lbs before lens, Mattebox, Panatape and anything else we hang on it
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#4 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 01:32 PM

Hey Guys,

the specs read: (all in pdf download)

"The SSR-1 has a built-in down-converter
for NTSC or PAL output even when it is
mounted on Genesis."

does that man goodbye downconverter..... :rolleyes:

"SSR-1 SPECIFICATIONS
WEIGHT
About 2.7 kg / 6 lbs
DIMENSIONS
240mm x 135mm x 120mm
(L,W,H?9.5 x 5.3 x 4.7 inches)
POWER
11-17V DC, 40 Watts maximum
in record, 6W in low power standby"
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Posted 15 January 2008 - 09:24 PM

Well....today my number was finally up -- time to fly the Genesis. I had escaped flying this pig for too long...I was skeered after hearing all the bitching about it here on the forum (but after flying that F-900 abortion for 4 months on Jericho, how bad could it be?).

I had the good fortune of being able to use the new flash deck/solid state recorder today on a camera test. It's really cool and makes the camera very steadi/handheld friendly. It was nice to only have to fly 1 cable, a thin bnc to the villiage.

The SSR-1 (Solid State Recorder) has a built in down converter, uses about half the power, it's nearly half the size and weighs 8 lbs less than the deck/down converter combo one has to normally fly in one piece mode. It's dimensions are 5" x 5" x 9.5" (for those without ruler in hand...pretty much the same size as a TB-6). Having an older Pro sled (and the old style ni-cad batteries) I had power issues -- so I hot-wired a hytron 140 to the bottom of the sled (thanks Jeff Clark) and used the pigtail we all already know about at the top. After the shoot I pulled the fully built camera off my sled and onto my scale and found it to be exactly the same as the Panavision XL I've been flying on October Road -- 33 lbs.

Here's what I flew today:
Genesis body/power cable, SSR-1"deck", panavision dovetail/Pro plate, low mode bracket, 2 preston motors/cables, Hill bracket/2 rods, Cine-tape horns/display/cables, 35 primo, clip on mattebox, arf, 2 filters (a round pola and a 4x5 85).

A very good experience -- thanks to the folks at Panavision who showed up to help me out, especially Dom. I hope they can crank out a bunch of these -- we're gonna need them!

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#6 RonBaldwin

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 09:26 PM

here are 2 more:

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#7 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 09:36 PM

Very interesting Ron. Is that a power cable that taps off 2 of the lemo outlets on the top stage? Is this SSR now actually available for rental and if so how many? Last time I talked to them (2 months ago) they were having manufacturing problems.
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#8 RonBaldwin

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 09:58 PM

yep, the power cable uses both the camera and aux lemos. I guess the theory is that since the beastie is pulling close to the max rated capacity of the smaller lemo connectors (rated at 10 amps). This splits the amperage draw between 2 lemos/4 wires.

As far as availability, this is the only working one in the universe. But 20 more are being assembled and should be ready sometime in late Feb/early March. Hope they don't run into problems/delays as this is just what we need.

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#9 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 12:33 AM

Go, go lightweight, broadcast quality HD transmitter for the win!!!
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#10 RonBaldwin

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:36 AM

yeah, wireless would be pretty cool -- my HD experience is very limited, so flying with a cable is the most painful thing about it (power draw being a close second having an older battery system). That's why it was so important to me to be in "1 piece mode" with this camera. I was dreading the weight/power draw of the standard tape deck, but even more the additional cables and wagon-train of people with the deck separated and following me with the backpack. Incidently, the weight with the SSR was a pound lighter than the camera in "2 piece mode" (uding a hytron 140 on the back with the down converter). So I saved a pound and a cable.

When Dominick and John Galt showed up with a little black pelican case and claimed they would ease my pain, I had my doubts (when they opend the case, the theme from 2001 played and smoke came out). I was also worried there would be issues with such a new gadget. Everything went very smoothly during this short, trial run. I was pleasantly surprised that the SSR-1 began recording instantly as well as instantly replaying takes. The test shoot was a side by side test of the Genesis and the Melinnium XL shooting side by side fast action is sun/shadow. It will be fun to see the results.

I wish I had snapped more pictures, but we were in a hurry and had little prep. Would have been nice to have some side by side pictures next to the XL in handheld mode. Here's a shot that John Galt sent me that shows the drive next to a 400' mag -- it's obviously about twice the width, but several inches shorter.

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#11 Charles Papert

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:57 PM

Hey buddy, you might have caught a little of that griff in yourshot.
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#12 RonBaldwin

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 04:00 PM

Hey buddy, you might have caught a little of that griff in yourshot.


tru dat. Lucky it was green so we could key it out later...uh...
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#13 Erwin Landau

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 03:27 AM

I just found that:

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#14 Charles Papert

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 08:45 AM

Thanks Erwin, good read.

I'm currently working with the first set of SSR-1's to roll out of Woodland Hills (we now have 5 of them on our show) and will post a detailed report once I gather some more pictures and have the time to do so. Overall a good experience.
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#15 RonBaldwin

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 01:28 AM

Chas -- glad you finally got them! I'm sure you likey! Or at least the lower discs do.

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