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    Ty Harper got a reaction from User in One Camera - For Life?   
    That is literally what corporations want you to think and believe. Because it keeps them in business. That's not to dismiss the long history of evolution that brought us to this moment when the OP's question becomes completely valid. But it is to say that we could've gotten here much faster if camera corporations hadn't been intentionally crippling their tech. There will always be new scenarios, needs, etc, that require us to revisit the OP's question, but if people can't even see the OP's question as a valid one, then they're likely smoking from an addict's pipe, owned by a pusher named Canon, Sony, or something like that.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from Bioskop.Inc in Tascam DR70D and Zoom H5   
    Co-sign on the PMD661s MKI and II (NOT the 620s tho!). As for the MKIII and the newer PMDs, Marantz is owned by a completely different company now, so I'd be wary about recommending anything beyond the PMD661 MKI and MKII until actual tests and real world reviews come out.
    The PMD661 is a bit bulky compared to the newer portable recorders but imho it's best bang for buck if sound quality is your priority and you don't need multi-track capabilities. I've seen several go for $300 (even less) this past year alone. And that's in Canadian dollars! 
    I was skeptical about the Zoom F4 and F8 at first but I've heard nothing but great things about it lately. The pre-amps are supposed to be pretty good! Which actually makes them an anomaly compared to previous Zoom products (which the Marantz PMD661 would still beat hands down). But they're obviously pointless to compare to anything other than other multi-track recorders like the Sound Devices stuff.  Also at the price they're going for right now, I'd just pay extra for a used Sound Devices recorder.
    I'm also hoping people aren't using audio opinions/recommendations from his forum as their primary gauge of what type of portable recorder to buy. That would be as troubling as getting video camera recommends solely from people on Gearslutz. There are sooo many great audio forums out there with amazing tests, comparisons and advice from career people who live, eat, sh*t audio and nothing else. And what's cool is the raw data from the old tests can still be used to compare the older recorders to the newer ones.
    Here's a good example of some raw data that still holds up imho: http://www.theatreofnoise.com/2015/03/portable-audio-recorders-2015-update.html
    It's broken up into Pocket, Hand held and Shoulder portable recorders. They're listed in order of size NOT overall quality rating. The Marantz PMD661 still holds up pretty well and even though they're referring to the MKII, the original 661 honestly isn't much different (they actually have the same EIN value of 125).
    Funny enough I learned that lesson about old blimps just today. Was looking at some older Rycote blimps that were going for reasonable prices and after doing some research realized why I should just save up for one of the newer modular ones. 
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    Ty Harper reacted to IronFilm in Tascam DR70D and Zoom H5   
    That is around double the price, and is less easy to use than an F4 (or F8) & is less inputs. You really need to pair it with a mixer front end, which further drives up the cost and weight.
    Yeah I'm pretty calm and chill, is water off a duck's back for me.
    But the hostility (to n00bs) on pro location sound forums is quite unlike other forums, and it also means you're not likely to get constructive answers instead of just flaming. 
    I love google! :-D
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    Ty Harper reacted to IronFilm in Tascam DR70D and Zoom H5   
    I was quite skeptical beforehand too, also had never been a great fan of any Zoom product beforehand (didn't help either I'd just got a Tascam DR680 just before the F8 came out!).
     
    What used Sound Devices gear??? 
    You either need to go for something very old like a 744 or 552 (and you'd still be buy double or triple what a F8 is! And even more than an F4). 
    If you're looking at something more modern like a 688 or 633, they're almost impossible to find easily secondhand, and when they do appear they disappear very quickly and only at a very small discount to buying new (thus you're still spending thousands more than an F8 would cost). 
    If Sound Devices depreciated at the same rate as used cameras, and had as many easily to be found on the secondhand market as there are cameras, then I'd agree it makes sense to go secondhand for a Sound Devices.
    Actually their are not heaps and heaps of great audio forums out there when it comes to location sound recordist's needs. 

    Those general audio forums have users whose needs and wants are so far off the mark from what a location sound recordist experiences that getting advice from there can be just as bad as getting it from video forums!! But yes, you can find useful info their if you remember they're seeing (hearing!) things from a totally different perspective than yourself! Thus take everything they say with one big grain of salt! Even so, I enjoy reading them and hanging out there for what crumbs of relevant info you can pick up.

    However in the end, jwsoundgroup is the *ONLY* forum dedicated to location sound recordist (since my shift in focus to sound, I now spend more time there than on EOSHD! Sorry :-/ ). But the environment there to newbie/hobbyist sound recordists is very hostile. A thread like this about DR70D vs H5 would run a high risk of just being mercilessly ripped into.
    So in the end, the amount of info there is for the newbie/hobbyist/semi-pro location sound recordist is somewhat limited and scattered (one of the reasons why I started up my youtube channel to vblog on this topic, to encourage more discussion of it, and help further spread more good info on this).
     
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    Ty Harper reacted to Bioskop.Inc in Tascam DR70D and Zoom H5   
    In all this discussion no one has mentioned has even remotely mentioned Marantz, which is a big mistake. People just seem to get a hold of names & think they're the best - Zoom & Tascam are pretty average & that's why they're cheaper. Sure Sound Devices are king, and for a price you get real dependable excellent quality - but they're really for people who earn their bread & butter recording only sound. Marantz are a step down from Sound Devices, but they are worth checking out as a much better alternative to Zoom/Tascam - remember, just because loads of people have them doesn't make them the best, just makes them cheaper.
    A Zoom H5 alternative has to be the Marantz PMD661 mk2 or 3 will absolutely shame anything from Zoom period - at £500 it's more expensive, but you'll be glad in the long run. I've been using the MK2 for a while now & it produces great sound - I even use it with my old SD field recorder in order to record the sound digitally, blows me away everytime. You can find 2nd hand one for around £300!
    And have noticed that they now do a model for DSLRs similar to the Tascam - Marantz PMD706 for only £300! I have no experience of this model, but if it's anywhere as good as the 661, then it'll be much better than the Tascam.
     
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    Ty Harper reacted to mercer in Mini Slider   
    Yeah the motorized module looks nice. For panning, look for a mount for security cameras I bought one at WalMart years ago and it work pretty well. I think it even came with a remote control.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from mercer in Mini Slider   
    I guess it depends on what type of slider moves you need. I still have my Konova 32" slider which is also motorized and is hacked to do continuous back and forth motion but I've been using the Edelkrone slider + motion module for about 6 months now and have never felt like I was limited by its length, at all. I haven't even thought about using the Konova since getting the Edelkrone motion kit. The one thing this unit needs to make it completely indispensable is a pan and tilt module (maybe something built into the flex tilt head). I will agree that it's expensive but it helped that I was able to buy the slider component used on kijiji for half the original price.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from mercer in Mini Slider   
    I highly recommend the Slider One + Motion Module for run and gun stuff. I picked it up earlier this year and have absolutely no regrets. 
    Here's a noise test... 
     
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from meanwhile in Which Sound Recorder to buy? A guide to various indie priced sound recorders in 2017   
    I will always throw the Marantz PMD661 into threads like this. No question Zoom's has got the market cornered with their name and features. And I will say their pre-amps have gotten consistently better over time (I was down with Zoom for a minute. Had the original H4 and then the H4N), but they still don't have sh*t on the 661. 
    Basically if audio quality is your priority then imho the Marantz PMD661 (Version 1 or 2) is a hugely slept on option (unless you need more than 2 XLR mics). I think it's mostly because it came out before the indie/DSLR revolution, but the PMD661 is still kind of the standard in the public radio broadcast world where audio quality is really all that matters (it's the standard recorder at the CBC in Canada, and I know This American Life and other PR shows swear by it).
    Anyways, just my 2 cents but the PMD661 (for what you get in pre-amp quality, IN/OUT options and overall sound quality) is hugely slept on in the indie video world, and available used nowadays for $300 easy (just sold one of my units for that price). AND if you're lucky enough to get one of the OADE Mod'ed units, you're taking that thing to a whole other level.
    https://www.oade.com/digital_recorders/hard_disc_recorders/PMD-661MODS.html
    It's also bigger than a lot of the newer recorders out there, but realistically I don't see how it's size is really an issue beyond the optics of it being `bigger than' as opposed to it actually being big.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from kidzrevil in 1080 vs. 4K: What is REALLY necessary?   
    I'm all for these discussions about the virtues of 1080 vs 4K vs 8K, but let's be honest here, the "push" for 4K (and beyond) is largely being driven by the corporations that NEED a new tech breakthrough to survive. The adoption of 4K, 8K (etc) by professional content creators is one thing - but it's the adoption of these new resolutions by their bread and butter consumers that the corporations are banking on, because it will force people to update every gadget and piece of tech they currently use/own and give companies a new lease on life. But there is no overtly unanimous, genuine/organic demand for anything higher than 1080 from the wider consumer base.
    It's all coming from the corporate end and of course some pro/pro-sumer content creators that see the practical benefits of 4K and 4K+.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from Bioskop.Inc in Which Sound Recorder to buy? A guide to various indie priced sound recorders in 2017   
    I will always throw the Marantz PMD661 into threads like this. No question Zoom's has got the market cornered with their name and features. And I will say their pre-amps have gotten consistently better over time (I was down with Zoom for a minute. Had the original H4 and then the H4N), but they still don't have sh*t on the 661. 
    Basically if audio quality is your priority then imho the Marantz PMD661 (Version 1 or 2) is a hugely slept on option (unless you need more than 2 XLR mics). I think it's mostly because it came out before the indie/DSLR revolution, but the PMD661 is still kind of the standard in the public radio broadcast world where audio quality is really all that matters (it's the standard recorder at the CBC in Canada, and I know This American Life and other PR shows swear by it).
    Anyways, just my 2 cents but the PMD661 (for what you get in pre-amp quality, IN/OUT options and overall sound quality) is hugely slept on in the indie video world, and available used nowadays for $300 easy (just sold one of my units for that price). AND if you're lucky enough to get one of the OADE Mod'ed units, you're taking that thing to a whole other level.
    https://www.oade.com/digital_recorders/hard_disc_recorders/PMD-661MODS.html
    It's also bigger than a lot of the newer recorders out there, but realistically I don't see how it's size is really an issue beyond the optics of it being `bigger than' as opposed to it actually being big.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from jcs in Which Sound Recorder to buy? A guide to various indie priced sound recorders in 2017   
    I will always throw the Marantz PMD661 into threads like this. No question Zoom's has got the market cornered with their name and features. And I will say their pre-amps have gotten consistently better over time (I was down with Zoom for a minute. Had the original H4 and then the H4N), but they still don't have sh*t on the 661. 
    Basically if audio quality is your priority then imho the Marantz PMD661 (Version 1 or 2) is a hugely slept on option (unless you need more than 2 XLR mics). I think it's mostly because it came out before the indie/DSLR revolution, but the PMD661 is still kind of the standard in the public radio broadcast world where audio quality is really all that matters (it's the standard recorder at the CBC in Canada, and I know This American Life and other PR shows swear by it).
    Anyways, just my 2 cents but the PMD661 (for what you get in pre-amp quality, IN/OUT options and overall sound quality) is hugely slept on in the indie video world, and available used nowadays for $300 easy (just sold one of my units for that price). AND if you're lucky enough to get one of the OADE Mod'ed units, you're taking that thing to a whole other level.
    https://www.oade.com/digital_recorders/hard_disc_recorders/PMD-661MODS.html
    It's also bigger than a lot of the newer recorders out there, but realistically I don't see how it's size is really an issue beyond the optics of it being `bigger than' as opposed to it actually being big.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from Richard Bugg in Which Sound Recorder to buy? A guide to various indie priced sound recorders in 2017   
    I will always throw the Marantz PMD661 into threads like this. No question Zoom's has got the market cornered with their name and features. And I will say their pre-amps have gotten consistently better over time (I was down with Zoom for a minute. Had the original H4 and then the H4N), but they still don't have sh*t on the 661. 
    Basically if audio quality is your priority then imho the Marantz PMD661 (Version 1 or 2) is a hugely slept on option (unless you need more than 2 XLR mics). I think it's mostly because it came out before the indie/DSLR revolution, but the PMD661 is still kind of the standard in the public radio broadcast world where audio quality is really all that matters (it's the standard recorder at the CBC in Canada, and I know This American Life and other PR shows swear by it).
    Anyways, just my 2 cents but the PMD661 (for what you get in pre-amp quality, IN/OUT options and overall sound quality) is hugely slept on in the indie video world, and available used nowadays for $300 easy (just sold one of my units for that price). AND if you're lucky enough to get one of the OADE Mod'ed units, you're taking that thing to a whole other level.
    https://www.oade.com/digital_recorders/hard_disc_recorders/PMD-661MODS.html
    It's also bigger than a lot of the newer recorders out there, but realistically I don't see how it's size is really an issue beyond the optics of it being `bigger than' as opposed to it actually being big.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from mercer in 1080 vs. 4K: What is REALLY necessary?   
    I'm all for these discussions about the virtues of 1080 vs 4K vs 8K, but let's be honest here, the "push" for 4K (and beyond) is largely being driven by the corporations that NEED a new tech breakthrough to survive. The adoption of 4K, 8K (etc) by professional content creators is one thing - but it's the adoption of these new resolutions by their bread and butter consumers that the corporations are banking on, because it will force people to update every gadget and piece of tech they currently use/own and give companies a new lease on life. But there is no overtly unanimous, genuine/organic demand for anything higher than 1080 from the wider consumer base.
    It's all coming from the corporate end and of course some pro/pro-sumer content creators that see the practical benefits of 4K and 4K+.
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    Ty Harper reacted to jcs in Canon C300 mk ii "other settings"   
    Ah, the noise you are hearing is the internal mic. If you are only plugging in one XLR mic, when you import your footage, you'll need to either reinterpret as mono (1 channel), or mute the other 3 tracks. In Premiere CC, I created a preset to reinterpret the audio channels as stereo (use only channels 1 and 2) since I use both XLR inputs in the studio. After I import the clips, I select all of them then apply the reinterpret preset. In FCPX I disable channels on the audio board (haven't researched how to reinterpret imported clips as a group).
    I used to have the fan turn off when filming, however now I leave it on since the mics are on booms in the studio, and when shooting handheld, the shotgun mic (Schoeps CMIT5U) does a really good job masking not just the fan noise but also the AF noise (really impressive- all that gets through is low frequency AF vibration from the factory mic mount (can remove in post with a low cut filter; should try the mic low cut filter). If using a better suspension mount should be silent. Haven't tested, but something like this might work: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/861386-REG/Rycote_037324_SOFTIE_LYRE_MOUNT_with.html). Electronics last longer when cool, so I'd leave the fan on unless you can truly hear it in the recording and/or you're trying to save battery for a specific location shoot.
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    Ty Harper reacted to silvertonesx24 in Time to dump Adobe. First impressions of Resolve 14 and EditReady 2.0   
    Why does every damn Resolve update require updating the stupid operating system? I don't want to update OSX 10.10.5 nor can I as it'll break hardware compatibility.
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    Ty Harper reacted to IronFilm in PSA: Don't buy any gear! NAB 2017 is One Week Away   
    I've already been swamped reading all the new audio announcements related to NAB.... There are a ton of them! So so so many new time code options, plus the shocking announcement from Sound Devices of new low priced gear. And more!
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    Ty Harper reacted to tweak in Magic Lantern progress continues as 14bit 60FPS resolution increases   
    Can't tell if troll or fool.
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    Ty Harper reacted to Filipe Samora in No Joke - RAW 4K on the 5D Mark III   
    http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=19300.0
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from iamoui in C-LOG coming to 5D mk IV   
    As promising as all this is, doesn't it kind of begin to undermine the official difference between the 'C' and non C lines? And in bigger terms does it signal a significant and deeper shift in Canon's marketing strategy and philosophy moving forward?
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from webrunner5 in C-LOG coming to 5D mk IV   
    Just wish Canon would give the 1DC DPAF... 
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from zerocool22 in C-LOG coming to 5D mk IV   
    Solid ML support is really what would sway me to even remotely consider a MK IV.
    As is I've got a MKIII with ML and a 1DC, so a MK IV with ML seems like a good camera trifecta for my needs.
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from Hanriverprod in C-LOG coming to 5D mk IV   
    Just wish Canon would give the 1DC DPAF... 
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from Shield3 in C-LOG coming to 5D mk IV   
    Just wish Canon would give the 1DC DPAF... 
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    Ty Harper got a reaction from Kisaha in Bought the Edelkrone SliderONE   
    Best video so far.... 
     
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