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Published : 1st October 2004


>Units like the S-Two are more optimised for filmic applications, they >also offer DC operation and heavy duty housings and so on

Hmm, after last weeks shoot I'd query that...

Any record system that relies on control from an outside computer, whether that's a laptop or a PocketPC, is not optimised for filmic productions.

Nor is a machine with bloody great noisy fans in it.

It's great fun on location to lose network connections between your laptop and your S2 and then try to resurrect them, and have to do that every time you power down.

The Viper pictures were, as expected, stunning, the DigiPrimes were great and just scream quality every second you use them, the sharpmax was a joy.

I can't wait until SR portable machines are available here, I can then get on with shooting without worrying about the technology!

Cheers

Geoff Boyle FBKS
Director of Photography
EU Based
www.cinematography.net



Geoff Boyle wrote :

>It's great fun on location to lose network connections between your >laptop and your S2 and then try to resurrect them, and have to do that >every time you power down.

It's not a must to connect a Laptop to the S2 - it should start recording by pressing START on the Viper - isn't it that simple than on the demos I've seen?

+++ Florian Rettich +++
+++ Europe based DIT / vision control +++



>It's not a must to connect a Laptop to the S2 - it should start recording >by pressing START on the Viper

Yeah, right.

What should be possible and what is are very different things

Cheers

Geoff Boyle FBKS
Director of Photography
EU Based
www.cinematography.net



>Units like the S-Two are more optimised for filmic applications, they >also offer DC operation and heavy duty housings and so on

>Hmm, after last weeks shoot I'd query that.


Glad you actually shot with it. I get so tired of people on this forum blabering on about Viper or S.two or CineRAM when most of them have maybe seen it on the stand at NAB.

We actually have Viper, S.two and CineRAM along with the SRW-1 prototype.

We [Plus8] own 2 S.two's and after a year I fully understand your query. Using a magazine of drives does not make it filmic. I am with you as far as the portable SR VTR.

You should know that the SRW-1 is not a quiet machine and it, too, has fan noise.

Marker Karahadian
Plus8digital



It's not a must to connect a Laptop to the S2 - it should start recording by pressing START on the Viper - isn't it that simple than on the demos I've seen?

Sorry Florian, but I've got to agree with Geoff on this ...

Geoff writes:

>Yeah, right.
>What should be possible and what is are very different things


On a recent music video location shoot, (Viper / s.Two) we spent so much time futzing with the little PDA that the batteries died out on the s.Two main drive unit. We eventually had to move our entire production from the beach (where we had a permit) to the parking lot where we had AC. Esthetic catastrophe.

The thing that I just don't get about the s.Two is how such obviously smart people can make such a potentially awesome piece of gear that doesn't use industry standard (i.e., AB bricks) batteries. Hello?

And obviously, they really need to loose that PDA ... I doubt that even they would argue that point.

On another Viper shoot several weeks later, we tied Marker Karahadian up and beat on him until he rented us not only the SRW-1 field recorder but the SRW-5000 studio recorder as well. (Note to fellow CML'ers...Martin is a pretty tough guy so you'll need to bring someone scrappy like Joe Di Gennaro to help hold him down.)

Both of the SRW's worked flawlessly day in, day out through a wide range of environments and conditions. Particularly refreshing was the SRW's ease-of-use which allowed nearly anyone on the crew to stand in as tape operator.

Scott Billups - LA



>On a recent music video location shoot, (Viper / s.Two) we spent so >much time futzing with the little PDA that the batteries died out on the >s.Two main drive unit.

So that's what that was...

BTW Scott, you (or the PA's) gotta remember to empty the hard-drive when you leave the set!!! :-) Initially I was amazed to fine that what should have been a 36 minute mag was telling me I had 5 minutes of recording time.

The footage looked nice though...

Jason Rodriguez
Post Production Artist
Virginia Beach, VA



>BTW Scott, you (or the PA's) gotta remember to empty the hard-drive >when you leave the set!!!

Especially important when you're doing porno

>The footage looked nice though

Gott'a love that HD-Spanky Cam

Scott Billups