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  1. I was doing the on-line LA times crossword puzzle today and clue 35-down was "Stabilizer for movie shooters". When you start showing up in crossword puzzles you've officially made it.
  2. The BarTech Utility Zoom (BUZ) is back! I discontinued the BUZ in 2015 when I ran out of machined housings. As I was cleaning out my storage unit I found a whole box of them I had forgotten about so I am putting it back into production. For those of you unfamiliar with the BUZ it is a module that interfaces video zoom controllers, such as a Libec or VariZoom, with either zoom motors or focus motors. It performs the same function as a Preston Microforce at a fraction of the price. It is of particular use for Steadicam operators who want to control their own zoom. You can read more about it at my website: BarTech Website Jim Bartell
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    BarTech Digital Sytem Group buy

    You will have to contact PLC for the answer to that. This offer is only for the single channel V2-1 and the focus handset. Jim
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    BarTech Digital Sytem Group buy

    Apparently saying the units were $800 each was unclear. It is $800 for the handset and $800 for the receiver so $1600 for the pair. I hope this helps. Jim
  5. 2018 is coming to a close and you may be looking for a way to get a write-off on your taxes and/or just get some gear to provide back-up if your main system goes down. Even if you just are starting out and you don't want to buy a cheap knock-off with no customer support, this is your chance for a better alternative. We have recently been approached by several people interested in a group buy but without wishing to pay the extra fees associated with a group buying website. This includes a couple of schools and Camera Community Libraries as well that are looking for a reliable, simple to use system with high performance. So we are offering a group buy of the BFD handset and the V2-1 digital receiver for $800 each! That's is a savings of over $1100 over the standard price for the pair. This system is compatible with most digital motors, including Preston, Heden, Red and RedRock. It has all the features you need, such as auto or manual calibration and adjustable torque while still being the easiest system you use. So if you want to get in on this offer e-mail me at jim@bartechengineering.com and get on the list. If we sell out our inventory we will do another run at the same price. Jim Bartell
  6. I don't know how I missed this when it was posted. All BFD handsets will work with either analog or digital receivers. However, a very small minority (<5%) of older units that are still running obsolete software may need an update. The upgrade is $45 for the new CPU chip.
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    BIG FAVOUR FOR GARRETT!

    I've got a WRC-3 (not 4, 3) handset and receiver you are welcome to. This was one of the first wireless follow focus ever made. Jim Bartell
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    Follow focus, motors , service!!!

    Whenever someone asks me for a person who can repair BFD's in Europe I send them to Carmine Zecca. Top notch, very talented. Jim
  9. Sold out! Thanks everybody. I thought I was going to take these things to my grave. Jim
  10. Since Don Wetzel passed away last year there is no longer anyone making analog motors. This leaves me stuck with a bin full of analog receivers I can't sell. I used to sell these for over $1000 each. Now is your chance to pick one up for $350! It is the ultimate backup for your analog system since more than 90% of BFD repairs are due to failures in the receiver. Buy one of these and you will never have to worry about your BFD failing on set. These are complete analog receivers, brand new housing and all! Get them while you can! Jim Bartell jim@bartechengineering.com
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    BarTech vs. Teradek power cables: WTF?

    Sure. It is just 3 parts: 1. A Lemo 2-pin socket, type B, size 0 (EGG.0B.302) or equivalent 2. A 1.2K, 1/4 watt resistor 3. A dual bidirectional red/green LED Solder one end of the resistor to the socket pin 1. Solder the other end of the resistor to the anode of the green LED (which is the cathode of the red LED). Solder the cathode of the green LED (which is the anode of the red LED) to pin 2 of the socket. Plug the cable being tested into power (12 or 24 VDC) and the 2-pin Lemo plug end into the socket of the tester. The LED will light up green for BFD cables, red for Teradek cables and neither for a broken cable. Jim Bartell
  12. Is anyone planning to go to the Radiant Images Open House this Saturday, 1/13? I'm planning to drag my ass up from Long Beach (gotta get out of my garage!) and was curious if anyone else would be there. Jim Bartell
  13. As most of you are probably aware the BFD and Teradek units use the exact same power connector but they are wired with polarity reversed from each other. And if you use the wrong cable the BFD analog receiver (not the digital) and the Teradek units get damaged. Today I sold a BFD to someone who had a bunch of cables and wanted to know how to tell them apart BEFORE she plugged them into the units and risked damage. My first thought was to recommend getting a voltmeter but trying to get probes on the pins is difficult and risks shorting out the cable. I have a simple cable tester I use but it isn't something you can just buy. Then I had a brainstorm: You DO have a cable tester already: It is your BFD handset! Just remove the 9V battery and plug the power cable into the POWER IN jack on the base of the unit. If it turns on your cable is good for use with the BFD. If it doesn't it is either broken or reverse polarity. Unlike the receiver the handset has reverse polarity protection so you won't risk damaging the handset. It's that simple. But you MUST REMOVE THE 9V BATTERY FIRST. It won't damage the handset or the battery if you don't but it will power the handset even if the cable is bad so it can give a false positive. I hope this helps you out in the field. Spread the word! Jim Bartell
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    Best place to purchase Bartech FF in US

    First, I DO sell directly in the USA and most other places unless I have an official distributor there, such as Louis Puli in Australia. PLC is my official distributor in Canada and sells my handset along with the Digital Receiver they manufacture that I sell here in the USA. I think you will find our prices pretty much the same but if you live in the USA and order from Canada the shipping charges will be higher. I hope that clears everything up. Jim Bartell
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    Heden Carat Service in US?

    Too bad. I liked Magnus. It's a pity the M28VP and the early HLC units are no longer supported. Do they service the M26P? It isn't mentioned on the web page. Jim Bartell
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