Archive for May, 2011

Audio Technician in Arizona

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Being an audio technician, the most vital trait or characteristic to have is knowing your field mixer bag inside and out. Field audio techinicians are thrown into different situations every day from breaking news of the Tucson shooting to news of the day for ESPN. So, knowing your mixer bag is imperative while out in the field as things spring up or audio gremlins appear. After a year of true work, I completely disassembled my bag and made the most of the space within the bag, but stocked it with the gear I figured out I needed the most in the field. A great way to look at what audio technicians need in their mixer bag is to go through past call sheets or invoices and recall the shoot. Remember what situation you entered into with that shoot and what challenges were present. If you start string together common challenges and/or difficulties from past shoot and one piece of equipment fixed those problems, its a good bet to have that item within your bag. Finally, no matter how hectic a shoot can be, do not let your bag get out of order. A free moment always presents itself and take that moment to put your mixer bag back in order. There is no excuse to give your producer or camera as to why you cant find something within your mixer bag. Its your bag, take ownership and make it yours.

Crew West Audio Tech Doug Klausen

Glidecam and Steadicam Services in Arizona

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Glidecam HD-4000 Camera Stabilizing System

Crew West is now the proud owner of a Glidecam HD-4000 camera stabilizing system. Glidecam is a competitor to Tiffen’s Steadicam. Along with the Glidecam we purchased the X10 arm and vest. The arm and vest make stable shooting easier and prolongs the shooter’s endurance. The Glidecam HD-4000 has a weight rating of up to 15 pounds. This makes it perfect for cameras like the 5D Mark ll, Sony F3 and FS 100, or even a stripped down RED Epic. The majestic floating look achieved when using the Glidecam always brings an extra amount of class to any production. Because of the Glidecam HD-4000’s smaller size the cost to our clients compared to a large Steadicam rig is less than half.

Satellite Uplink

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This past week we transmitted an event backhaul for EWTN Global Catholic Network from Tonopah, AZ. We provided an SD satellite uplink for a live presentation of a chapel dedication. Our satellite truck was uplinking the live event to EWTN’s teleport where they turned around our satellite feed from Tonopah to their global network of affiliates.