NAB 2017 Rundown

now that we are halfway through NAB 2017 I wanted to try to make a list of everything that's been released or shown in one easy list. This is mainly aimed at production mixers but ive thrown in a few post production items too.

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Hiding A Lav In A Childs Bike Helmet

Just wanted to show you a quick guide to micing a child's helmet. This work such a treat! The pack could have been hidden in the helmet as well but it was a bit uncomfortable for her so with help form makeup and costume we hid it in her long hair and in the back of her hood.....

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Q&A #27 - 1 Change To Make Sound Devices SL6 Power Save More Bag Friendly

Unfortunately as great as Sound Devices Powersave function is on the SL6 is to increase the time on it, I can rarely when it is in my bag change it without running out of time. It's great that it has quick boot but if the time was able to be 20 seconds then my recorder and radios would be extra safe in long takes or power changing situations.

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Q&A #26 - The downside of line inputs without trim pots!

In regards to the Sound Devices 6 series mixers (633 / 664 / 688) what are the downsides of any inputs without physical trimpots? The trim pot is what you use to increase or reduce gain to your track. The tracks without dedicated trimpots on the 6 series recorders only accept line level and though gain can be changed, it is through a menu on the screen while recording, thus limiting you to changing one at a time.

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What different recording formats mean for your recordings...

These are what different recording formats on the Sound Devices 688 / 633 and 664. 

The different modes are Wav poly / wav poly (ISO Only) / wav poly (LR Only) / wav poly (X1X2) / MP3 (LR) / MP3 (X1X2) / wav mono / Wav Mono (ISO only). All of these only work if you record enable the relevant tracks.

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Q&A #22 - People think cameras are more expensive than Sound.

When it come to crewing and getting a film together the most expensive element of the film is usually the crew cost for labour followed by rates for different departments. Lots of people however with the price of mid tier cameras dropping all the time automatically think sound is doing the exactly the same thing. This is because they have worked with lower cameras and also where the sound was done on a zoom.

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Q&A #21 - How can we all better inform producers about realistic budgets?

Time > Money > Quality > Time > Money..... Depending which outcome you want you need the other too. If you want to make a lot of money on a project then you need time and quality to be able to market it. If you want quality you need time and money. If one is missing then you have to compensate more with another. 

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3 Areas To Focus On To Make More Money

Money is always a hot topic for freelancers. If you are low or having cash problems then I would focus on these 3 areas to figure out where you are weak. Then once you plug the gap you should stop seeing money just pass you buy and have more chances to give more value to your clients.

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