New Equipment: Cinela COSI

In a bag or eng setting being fast and compact is being key while not scarifying audio quality. The Cinela COSI is a new self contained windscreen and shock mount for boompole use that provides superior shock absorption and good wind protection in moderate conditions. It is more compact and lighter then standard full size zeppelins while still providing good wind protection in most situations. So if your in the market for a new integrated product check out the Cinela COSI. Below is a video by Cinela to see it in action

New Equipment: Denecke JB-1 Sync Box

Denecke the leader in time code products was as late the party with a super miniature time code box but late to the party doesn’t mean you can’t steal the show. The JB-1 is about the size of a 9V battery and has a built in rechargeable battery with over 150 hours of life with screen backlight turned off. The software running it is so accurate no need to re jam it during the day as its accurate to 1 sub frame within 24 hours. Another cool feature is ability to flip display if mounting the upside down. Overall a great addition to the equipment inventory.

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On Location: First Live Instagram to Space Station

This job had many moving parts to it will very little prep time and only one chance to get it right. With two different IFB lines being routed via mission control along with everything going through the Instagram application I wasn’t 100%  sure how it would work but thankfully it all worked well. The biggest issue was gain stage control which is why Will is speaking loud as we couldn’t get a good level into the phone using an external mic. Enjoy !

On Location: Daily Show Space Force

One of my specialities is fast pace quick turn around productions. This shoot for The Daily Show was airing about 12 hours after we filmed it, Production requested a Stereo Mix track to both cameras and timecode boxes to keep everything in sync along with transcription upload at wrap. The shoot went well and they were able to use my mix track to save time. So if you need to be perfect the first time with no second takes give me a call.

Equipment used Sound Devices 633, Lectrosonics SMV/ SRC , Cos 11 lav mics , RE-50 Stick Mic and Mozegear timecode boxes.

Tech Tip: K-Tek K-SPT Shoe Plate Mount

One of the biggest challenges is mounting equipment to cameras as they get smaller and smaller. for years I have used these Ktek Hot Shoe Plates. They are well built out of aluminum and allow velcro to stick to them very well. I can attach wireless, timecode boxes and any other things. Available for around $40.00 at your local camera or audio retailer kspt

Recent Job: Billy Graham Funeral

Working for NBC News for many years has afforded me a front row seat at many events some good and some bad. This past week I had a front row seat to the week leading up to Billy Grahams’ funeral including his son Franklin Grahams’ first interview after his fathers passing. The whole Graham Family and organization were gracious and kind during our time with them.

When working live on high profile interviews there is no room for error and things must be right the first time every time. The best way to make sure we have no audio issues is to hard wire everything. In this case a hardwired Sanken Cos-11  with a Schoeps Mini CMIT over top for back up and a hardwired Audio Implements ear piece. Photo below shows me getting Franklin all set up before we went live. I had Comtek IFB which are wireless for me to listen in on the IFB feed and for our producers IMG_9384

Eneloop Pro AAA ( Black Label)

I have been an avid user of rechargeable AA and 9V for many years however with so few things needing AAA I haven’t taken the rechargeable plunge. However recently in an effort to be more green I have recently added some Eneloop Pro AAA for our Mozegear sync boxes and head lamps. We decided to go with the Eneloop Pro which have been flawless the last 3 months. They also have very low self discharge and have been lasting just as long or longer as there alkaline brothers. They have been a great addition to our package