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Phil Rhodes

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Converting R3Ds

23 October 2018 - 05:49 PM

Hi folks

 

I have to cut some stuff together which includes stuff that's been shot on various Red cameras. Is there some straightforward commandline tool I can use to batch process it all into something more normal? 

 

I've no interest in getting bogged down in camera-specific workflows for this, nor do I want to deal with 8K material on a timeline.

 

Ffmpeg was able to do it at one point and could have gone directly R3D to ProRes .mov, which would be great, but of course Red started encrypting their files specifically to prevent this from being done. I hate to take this platform to complain, but good grief: something that's trying to be a professional digital cinema camera that produces deliberately-obfuscated data? Madness. I try to avoid all things Red, so I've almost no experience dealing with it.

 

Low-con HD ProRes quicktimes would be fine.

 

P


24V power connectors

19 October 2018 - 07:48 PM

Hi folks

 

Simple question. If I were to design a device that could at least optionally use 24V DC power, what sort of connector would we expect?

 

There are already several things in use for that, from various Fischer and Lemo connectors on specialist pieces of equipment, through XLRs of various pinouts. I know that Cine Power International use a rotating, speakon-style connector for their large batteries, which are specified to about 30V.

 

What's being used? What's out there? What's a good idea, and why?

 

Thanks for any thoughts,

 

P


Have you shot with full-frame cameras recently?

29 September 2018 - 03:38 AM

Hi folks

 

I hope this won't be seen as inappropriate, but I'm trying to find some people who've shot really big chip formats, including things like Venice, C700 FF, Alexa LF, and anything else.

 

If you've done this and you're willing to be interviewed for a magazine article, or you know anyone who has or is, please let me know by private message. 

 

I have to apologise for the haste - I need to get this done ideally in the next few days. I have had some very generous offers from people already but I'm a little concerned about timing.

 

Thanks,

 

Phil

 

 


QuartzColor 400 EB ballast - opinions?

24 September 2018 - 06:22 PM

Hello

 

I have the option to buy a QuartzColor 400 EB, which is capable of running 400W or 575W HMIs. I'd like to use it with a 575W HMI PAR I own which was designed to work with a different ballast. The ballast I have currently causes a singing, buzzing noise in the lamp head, rather as if it's stuck permanently in flicker-free mode. I hope the QuartzColor one wouldn't have that problem.

 

This is an area in which I have very little experience, so I hope someone with direct experience of the QuartzColor 400 EB, or at least experience in this area, can help out.

 

Is the QuartzColor ballast likely to solve my buzzing noise problems? It doesn't have any high-speed or flicker-free options.

 

Are the ballasts likely to be compatible? The ignitor in the lamp head was supplied with the existing ballast. Is it likely to object to the QuartzColor ballast? Is the QuartzColor ballast likely to object to the ignitor?

 

They both have the same seven-pin Amphenol Ecomate connector, which is the smaller plastic type used on small HMIs where a VEAM is overkill. I have some hope that it should be a plug-in replacement, but can anyone tell me more?

 

Thanks,

 

Phil


What happened to Chevys?

06 August 2018 - 06:06 AM

I am a fan of modestly-priced American food, and Chevys was my favourite almost-junk-food. We would often visit the Burbank location after driving back from Vegas after NAB, because it was often lightly-populated, which of course may have been the problem. Still, since there was table service, I got to feel like a grown-up.

 

However, I notice that the locations in Northridge, Burbank, Glendale and the one in what I think of as Sherman Oaks (but which may theoretically be Van Nuys) are now marked closed on Google Maps.

 

Now I'm faced with the unpalatable options of going all the way to Ontario, California, or to Poquito Mas, which serves its food in disposable trays.

 

Ugh.

 

P


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