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#1 Lee Young

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 01:23 AM

As you are quickly are about to find out, I know nothing on sound for 16mm. I have a camera that is crystal synced. I've read about different ways to record sound for film such as a nagra, dat, or minidisc player. In the case of a minidisc recorder or dat recorder, do I need to have a sync cable that runs from my camera to the recorder? Doesn't the minidisc recorder run at a constant speed? By the way, I know about the resolving process. Thank you very much
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#2 Bernhard Zitz

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:35 AM

do I need to have a sync cable that runs from my camera to the recorder? Doesn't the minidisc recorder run at a constant speed?


nope, no sync cable needed with crystal sync, dats and minidiscs run at constant speed in the case of a nagra you need a newer one that has crystalspeed...anything digital, like fieldrecorders that record on memorycard or harddisk, runs at constant speed...Sometimes I use my powerbook and Pro-tools to do fieldrecording...
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#3 Marco Leavitt

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 09:16 AM

Make sure you get HiMD. The Sony MZ-RH1 is your only real option.

nope, no sync cable needed with crystal sync, dats and minidiscs run at constant speed in the case of a nagra you need a newer one that has crystalspeed...anything digital, like fieldrecorders that record on memorycard or harddisk, runs at constant speed...Sometimes I use my powerbook and Pro-tools to do fieldrecording...


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#4 Hal Smith

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 09:42 AM

Make sure you get HiMD. The Sony MZ-RH1 is your only real option.

This is because normal MD's use a compressed audio format - you lose quality right from the beginning of your audio workflow.
Another option to look at is a TDRS recorder like Tascam DA-88's and 98's. They're awful bulky for field recording but 8 tracks of linear digital recording can come in handy. The DA-98 has SMPTE and video sync functions built-in, the DA-88 requires an SY-88 accessory card for those options. I've got my DA-98 in a rack mount flight case with a custom XLR breakout panel in the back, I use professional quality external inline mike preamps, though I have hooked up my Mackie 1604-VLZ 12 channel mixer on occasion.
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