Sound Devices Wave Agent A great program

As someone who does only Location Sound for a living. I normally don’t deal with files much except for when I need to FTP a transcript or a last minute voice over to a client. I have a small protools system which is more for me to just play around with and do my own personal work with. Occasionally I will do some simple editing on a low budget film or something but thats it. The other day I recorded some polyphonic wave files for a client, which I then burned to DVD for them for post. Well I get a call that they are having issues opening them (Trying to import them into a older version of AVID) and all they really wanted was the best channel of audio. I told them that even though the talent was wired the boom sounded good for the whole shoot. So I used Wave agent to quickly batch and exact track 1 of all my poly wave files. It worked quickly and allowed me to upload the files to my client within minutes. For a free download it is a great Mac and PC based program so check it out it may help you one day soon.

Zaxcom Hop Mounting Option

Someone sent me a email asking how to effectively mount a Zaxcom ENG Transmitter on a camera. It is a loaded question:

If your shooting on a fullsize camera (Beta, Digideta HD Cam) it is fairly easy:

You can either use a Bec Box, Saddle Bag or if the camera takes V-mount batteries you can just put V-mount plate on the Zaxcom Hop

If your shooting on a small format Camera (Hvx-200, Dvx-100) It is a bit harder:

If the shoot is mostly handheld or all handheld most operators use a shoulder mount rig of some type. These rigs usually have a mounting plate on the bag, which I usually mount the Zaxcom on sideways so that the operator doesn’t get poked in the head by antennas all day. The best way to mount it to the plate is velcro, and usually a small bit of gaffer tape to keep the excess cables and connects secure. It is simple and easy for battery changes you get about 6 hours if you use lithium AA.

If the operator is hand held with no rig. Then a waist/ fanny pack is the only other option. Most operators hate this method but you have to do it. So I hope this answers your questions.