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Old October 11th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hi Guys, For weddings I think walky talky sets are no good.

Of course hand signals are still the best non-intrusive, but getting someone's attention is another matter.

I just had a bright idea, but can't find anything on google without running into some seriously dodgy results.

What I'd like is a remote controlled vibrate pack able to be hooked onto a belt or put into the the pocket, so that when one of the guys want to communicate via hand signals, simply press a button and the devices vibrates to get attention.

Any one know of a solution or better solution? LOL
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Old October 11th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #2
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Perhaps someone can write an iphone app to work over wireless? .. LOL
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Old October 11th, 2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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Why don't you just set your phones to vibrate and speed-dial each other?
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Old October 11th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #4
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Won't making calls mid-ceremony run the risk of possible audio interference?
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Old October 11th, 2010, 07:02 PM   #5
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Maybe, but not likely any more than any other wireless device he's contemplating....

Aren't cell phones in a different part of the spectrum than wireless mics?
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Old October 11th, 2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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No idea, Adam - personally I've always believed it wise to have my phone switched off when recording, if not because of the noise intrusion when it rings then perhaps fearing the possibility of radio mic interference.

You might be right, phone signals may make no difference to radio or other mics.

I'm wary though that if my mobile rings or receives a text anywhere near my computer for example, I can pick up that 'blip blip blipblipbliiiip!' noise through my speakers.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #7
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Yeah dont like phones.. too fiddly and of course wireless interference..

Something simple like button or something would be good.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #8
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We've recently expanded our team to three which means that whilst the third camera still mounted high on a special tripod it can be operated via and hand control (the third member) rather than remotely and wirelessly by me.

As others have noted in other threads, the value of a third static camera is that you can always rely on at least one shot to go to if the other two are momentarily unusable. So as not to lose this security we propose to have a wireless signal system which will be operated by the third camera some seconds before he's planning to move/re-frame. This signal will light tiny LED lights on the supply arms of the other two cameras. we're generally in easy sight of each other and can make sure that one of us holds static until the third camera turns the light off signalling that he's stable again.

If the system's viable and practical I'll post the circuitry here.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #9
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Hm.... what about a wireless doorbell system? Could you replace the audio portion with a small LED light?
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Old October 12th, 2010, 03:36 AM   #10
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Adam, I should have added that like our remote control system for our hotheads, the transmission will have to be digital and encoded - there's no point in risking somebody's doorbell push, car key fob etc giving us false signals and all these things run on the same few frequencies.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 01:18 PM   #11
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I like using headsets for weddings and my team is able to perform much better with them. What is it that you don't like about them Josh?

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Old October 12th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #12
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Josh we use UHF lapel mics, I have four wireless mics and rarely use more than two at weddings, we use the other two as a communication system which allows us to whisper however generally if I'm in front of the church it hard to whisper without drawing attention. For times when we don't use mics I've found cheap laser pointers work great to get the attention of your assistant.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 03:21 PM   #13
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Well I think using walky talky during weddings are too intrusive.. I have done multi cam shoots for shows etc where whispering in a large auditorium is not a problem but for weddings, it draws too much attention and seems unprofessional.
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