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(null) > Boom Microphone Options for Canon HG20 camera > Sennheiser Phantom Power (an old staff)
by: Dario Odobasic

Well, about 15 years ago when I worked as Croatian TV ENG sound technician, we had a small device called Phantom power unit produced by Sennheiser. This thingy was used only to set 12 or 48V power supply for MKH 416 series mikes used on old U-matic VCR which was not able to do direct power supply to the mike. Try to find somewhere that little black box with 9V R21 battery inside and two XLRs (in and out) connectors and if you find it, that will be perfect solution for your problem. Just in case that your mike needs less power than 12 or 48V, there are plenty of attenuation XLR plug adapters which have to be connected btw mike and unit and they can be found in every well-equipped Electronic shop (like there is Chipoteka in Zagreb, Croatia....an Electronic Heaven as I used to call it)
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OK, I have to agree about it :-) Maybe this story can help someone else with similar problems. I've been thinking of something when I was on my job schedule past few hours. If you cannot find or borrow the cable somewhere in your nearness, I can send you one somehow because those cables are almost consumable goods here in Croatian TV so I can always pick one-a-month for my personal needs even my all cables are in good shape. That's only a small favor I can do to help desperate Wrecker friend :-) Canon HG20? Nice little camcorder with good video quality. I still have my old Sony VX2100 :-(
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(null) > Boom Microphone Options for Canon HG20 camera > Sennheiser Phantom Power (an old staff)
by: Dario Odobasic

Well, about 15 years ago when I worked as Croatian TV ENG sound technician, we had a small device called Phantom power unit produced by Sennheiser. This thingy was used only to set 12 or 48V power supply for MKH 416 series mikes used on old U-matic VCR which was not able to do direct power supply to the mike. Try to find somewhere that little black box with 9V R21 battery inside and two XLRs (in and out) connectors and if you find it, that will be perfect solution for your problem. Just in case that your mike needs less power than 12 or 48V, there are plenty of attenuation XLR plug adapters which have to be connected btw mike and unit and they can be found in every well-equipped Electronic shop (like there is Chipoteka in Zagreb, Croatia....an Electronic Heaven as I used to call it)
1770 days ago | 0 Thumb-ups 
I think Wreckamovie is meant for exactly this kind of thing. Other people may have these same problems in which case this conversation will help them too. There are lots of technical jobs on the "wreckupations" list. Most people seem to discuss taglines and script ideas but I'm sure technical discussions are just as welcome. :-)
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(null) > Boom Microphone Options for Canon HG20 camera > Sennheiser Phantom Power (an old staff)
by: Dario Odobasic

Well, about 15 years ago when I worked as Croatian TV ENG sound technician, we had a small device called Phantom power unit produced by Sennheiser. This thingy was used only to set 12 or 48V power supply for MKH 416 series mikes used on old U-matic VCR which was not able to do direct power supply to the mike. Try to find somewhere that little black box with 9V R21 battery inside and two XLRs (in and out) connectors and if you find it, that will be perfect solution for your problem. Just in case that your mike needs less power than 12 or 48V, there are plenty of attenuation XLR plug adapters which have to be connected btw mike and unit and they can be found in every well-equipped Electronic shop (like there is Chipoteka in Zagreb, Croatia....an Electronic Heaven as I used to call it)
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So I see but also realize that you learn fast. You can always contact me for any technical help...maybe rather to find me on Facebook or Skype, just not to bother others on Wreckamovie with those technical difficulties correspondence.
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(null) > Boom Microphone Options for Canon HG20 camera > Sennheiser Phantom Power (an old staff)
by: Dario Odobasic

Well, about 15 years ago when I worked as Croatian TV ENG sound technician, we had a small device called Phantom power unit produced by Sennheiser. This thingy was used only to set 12 or 48V power supply for MKH 416 series mikes used on old U-matic VCR which was not able to do direct power supply to the mike. Try to find somewhere that little black box with 9V R21 battery inside and two XLRs (in and out) connectors and if you find it, that will be perfect solution for your problem. Just in case that your mike needs less power than 12 or 48V, there are plenty of attenuation XLR plug adapters which have to be connected btw mike and unit and they can be found in every well-equipped Electronic shop (like there is Chipoteka in Zagreb, Croatia....an Electronic Heaven as I used to call it)
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Ah... so you can plug XLR mics directly into 3.5mm if you have the right cable? I can't help buying cheaper cables, I really don't have the money for anything else. If I spend too much on one area of equipment I won't have anything left for other stuff. As you might have guessed I'm quite new to some areas of AV technology, thanks for the help.
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(null) > Boom Microphone Options for Canon HG20 camera > Sennheiser Phantom Power (an old staff)
by: Dario Odobasic

Well, about 15 years ago when I worked as Croatian TV ENG sound technician, we had a small device called Phantom power unit produced by Sennheiser. This thingy was used only to set 12 or 48V power supply for MKH 416 series mikes used on old U-matic VCR which was not able to do direct power supply to the mike. Try to find somewhere that little black box with 9V R21 battery inside and two XLRs (in and out) connectors and if you find it, that will be perfect solution for your problem. Just in case that your mike needs less power than 12 or 48V, there are plenty of attenuation XLR plug adapters which have to be connected btw mike and unit and they can be found in every well-equipped Electronic shop (like there is Chipoteka in Zagreb, Croatia....an Electronic Heaven as I used to call it)
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(Sigh) There are some very cheap cables (cost the same as e.g. two Burger meals) which quality is questionable but reasonable. When you buy a mike, you can ask a salesman for such a cable and if you tell him that you're out of money and that cable means your whole life, maybe the salesman will give you one as a store gift or discount. Just tell him that you need a cable with XLR female plug on the one side and 3.5mm stereo male plug on the other side of cable. What am I talking about?? The salesman knows everything :-)
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(null) > Boom Microphone Options for Canon HG20 camera > Sennheiser Phantom Power (an old staff)
by: Dario Odobasic

Well, about 15 years ago when I worked as Croatian TV ENG sound technician, we had a small device called Phantom power unit produced by Sennheiser. This thingy was used only to set 12 or 48V power supply for MKH 416 series mikes used on old U-matic VCR which was not able to do direct power supply to the mike. Try to find somewhere that little black box with 9V R21 battery inside and two XLRs (in and out) connectors and if you find it, that will be perfect solution for your problem. Just in case that your mike needs less power than 12 or 48V, there are plenty of attenuation XLR plug adapters which have to be connected btw mike and unit and they can be found in every well-equipped Electronic shop (like there is Chipoteka in Zagreb, Croatia....an Electronic Heaven as I used to call it)
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If I was going to get a new boom mic I'd want to pay 200 euros or less so the MCE-72 sounds just about plausible though it's at the edge of my budget. How the heck do I connect it to my camera though? I need something that goes into a 3.5mm jack. The Mogami cable looks good but I just don't have the money for it. I already blew almost all my "video hobby" money on my camera and a new computer.
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(null) > Boom Microphone Options for Canon HG20 camera > Sennheiser Phantom Power (an old staff)
by: Dario Odobasic

Well, about 15 years ago when I worked as Croatian TV ENG sound technician, we had a small device called Phantom power unit produced by Sennheiser. This thingy was used only to set 12 or 48V power supply for MKH 416 series mikes used on old U-matic VCR which was not able to do direct power supply to the mike. Try to find somewhere that little black box with 9V R21 battery inside and two XLRs (in and out) connectors and if you find it, that will be perfect solution for your problem. Just in case that your mike needs less power than 12 or 48V, there are plenty of attenuation XLR plug adapters which have to be connected btw mike and unit and they can be found in every well-equipped Electronic shop (like there is Chipoteka in Zagreb, Croatia....an Electronic Heaven as I used to call it)
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So do I, Kris :-( Croatia is still a country with small payments in a big-budget Europe but we learned how to manage the situation. This device on upper pic is an old product of Sennheiser so I think you could find one in specialized Second Hand shops or maybe on Ebay and it should cost less than 200 euros I suppose. The 2nd solution is, as you said, to buy a battery-powered microphone. In a range of some 200 euros I suggest Beyerdynamic MCE-72 CAM. Its quality is far better than some Sony models which cost a bit more and have a lot wider angle of sound catching which is not good for film&video production. And yes, it's a Stereo mike so you can use it as Mono in case of speech rec. or Stereo in case of getting atmosphere and music rec. Its shape is perfect for Boompole mounting. If you haven't a cable yet, I suggest Mogami cable with Neutrik jacks. You'll always find at least one Electro-freak who'll do that "scary" soldering job for you :-)
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As noted in another task, part of the start of the film would have a spy satellite re-entering the atmosphere (this isn't by accident, it's designed to re-enter).

The satellite/capsule would use parachutes to slow itself down, and it would land in a forest with the capsule ending up hanging from the branches of a tree, held up by its parachute cords.

The actual landing could be done by CGI, but has anyone got any ideas for building a prop of this satellite/capsule? It would have to be fairly small to be supported by a typical tree branch, maybe something about a metre in size. The prop would be what the actors would actually interact with, so it would have to be fairly convincing. The actors would cut the prop down from the cords and then take it away.

I remember reading about spy satellites of the 1960s which contained a similar capsule delivery system where the photos were physically sent down to earth, does anyone know where there might be images of that kind of system? It might be a good reference but I don't know what the system was called.

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I'm not a CGI expert so I need some advice. Can anyone give a general idea of how difficult it would be to do the following:

A space capsule (it's a sort of spy satellite type thing but designed for re-entry) travels through space for a short while and then begins to enter the atmosphere. We see it streaking through the air, and then eventually deploys parachutes and lands in a forest.

What I had in mind was using this as part of a teaser video, which could then be used to attract more people to join the production.