Tax Preparation for Film Crew
Ah, tax season, when a young film crew member's fancy turns to thoughts of deductions. And 1099's. And IRS schedules and wondering why on earth you thought it was a good idea to keep your receipts in a box full of poisonous asps? Anne K. Johnson, tax & production accountant, guides you through some of the pitfalls.
Schoeps CMIT-5U Shotgun Bundle Rebates!
Rycote and Schoeps have teamed up to offer some excellent Schoeps CMIT-5U
bundles, only for the month of March. Take advantage of them to get the nifty
CMIT-5U shotgun with your choice of accessories:
Some terms and conditions apply. Call us today to order yours, while supplies
Get a free IFB100!
Zaxcom has announced a great special to celebrate the launch of their new TRX992 boom transceiver
Any customer who orders a TRX992
before April 9th, 2009 will get an IFB100 transmitter for free
. Limit one per customer, but, hey, are you going to complain about a free IFB100? I thought not.
AVID & BWF: BFF
There's exciting news regarding
the new Avid Media Composer; they've introduced BWF Audio File Support!
Quotes the ReadMe: You can now import multi-channel, monophonic BWF files into an Avid
editing system as a single master clip.
Matt Schneider of PostWorks New York tells us they've been testing it and it works great: “Media Composer 3.5’s new ability to import multi-channel, monophonic BWF audio as a single master clip has completely eliminated the previously arduous task of using 3rd party software tools to interleave audio prior to import. This render was time-intensive, required double the storage, and slowed down the process of making dailies available in a speedy manner. It has and will make lives easier for film assistants everywhere! It is also an enormous help to those recording for reality TV content where lengthy recording times and multi-character sets push file sizes far beyond the 2GB file limit. Small feature, huge benefit!”
So there goes one more brick in the wall between sound mixers and post-production. Solidarity!
The White Stuff
You thought it was over. But the turmoil over white spaces rages on!
First off, as you've probably heard,
Congress has deferred the DTV conversion to June 12th (Naturally, this also defers Gotham's Farewell
to Analog Party. We'll
keep you posted)
Meanwhile, the FCC is still set to authorize unlicensed devices for sending and
receiving broadband over unused television channels on March 19th, but the.
National Association of Broadcasters and Association for Maximum Service
Television have sued to stop them. The
actionable details remain sketchy, but
more details are available here.
ESPN, the major pro sports leagues, and theater owners and producers have also
And on the 700 MHz front,
Verizon has released a look at their plans for the spectrum. They
begin testing this summer with plans to be up and running in two markets by the
end of the year and 20-30 by the end of next year.
That is, unless the $550 million spectrum license user fee proposed in Obama's budget comes to pass!
Having trouble making sense of it all? Andrew Seybold of the eponynmous Andrew Seybold Media has some interesting things to say.
And, hey, it's not all political wrangling and lawsuits and gloom.
is a nifty new website set up which allows users to search for the open TV white
space channels anywhere in the United States. Should be handy if we end up
fighting like trapped rats for vanishingly small corners of the spectrum! You can pre-register your wireless mic with them now.
New Products at NAB
Be sure to visit Zacom at Booth N3114 and Lectrosonics at N5223. We'll check it all out and bring you the latest on it if you can't get to
Eight is Enough
Lectrosonics recently released photos of a nifty new mockup: the 4 unit SRa receiver holder, more colloquially known as an Octopac. "The real thing will have a four way antenna splitter, 8 SMA terminated RF cables, 8 audio output jacks and a battery sled." says Larry Fisher, president of Lectrosonics, "We are trying to figure out what the best combination of size and function is." Lectro is also considering a version that can accomodate the 5P version of the SRa (the one with the TA5F wart on the side).We'll bring you more on the product
as it develops.
G-Tech Introduces Solid-State Drives
has announced a new family of external drives based on 2.5” solid state drive (SSD)
technology – the G-DRIVE mini SSD (120GB
250GB) and the RAID 0/1 G-RAID mini SSD (250GB
500GB). These high-performance, plug-and-play storage devices are ideal for
the film, television, and broadcasting users who capture, offload and edit
digital content in challenging remote environments. Because the drives have no
moving parts, each drive can withstand extreme shock up to 1500Gs and can endure
higher altitudes, vibration and temperatures when compared to traditional hard
drive-based solutions. Delightfully, these new drives also provide higher data
transfer rates, lower seek times and use less power, all while delivering a
cooler, quieter operation.
They're currently in pre-order - we'll let you know when they ship!
788T Firmware Update
Sound Devices 788T Firmware Update 1.65 is out and it introduces a host of improvements,
including new input routing, latching tone, and sampling rate options.
Download it from Sound Devices here.
The Last Leaf Screening
Friend of Gotham
informs us that The Last Leaf, which he co-produced, sound
designed, and edited, will be screened during the 5th NYC Downtown Short Film
The Last Leaf, directed
by Kathleen Weir, is based on the O. Henry story of the same name and
recounts the story of two female artists living together in Greenwich
Village during the 1919 flu epidemic. The screening is March 7th at 8 PM at the
Duo Multicutural Arts Center at 62 East 4th Street.
Tickets may be purchased here.
Daylight Savings Time
goes into effect this weekend. Don't forget to set your clocks forward; gotta make those call times!
Solice Mixer Now Shipping!
PSC's long-awaited eight-channel Solice Audio Mixer is now shipping! Stop by Gotham to check one out today or order your very own!