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TLC - DUI and Flex Files
I am sorry to be such a black cloud in regards to the new TLC-DUI.
But, after reading Gary Adams' posting about all of the new and
wonderful features currently being offered on the TLC and up coming
features for the TLC I felt inclined to post a reality check. Also,
there has been a great deal of talk on the user's group on the
subject of Flex files and Keycode readers. If anyone out there has
some ideas and can offer assistance it would be greatly appreciated.
Crawford is currently running Artisan/DUI's in their
telecine suites. Because of the limited edit packages internal to
the Renaissance and the fact that we wanted our TLC's to be
integrated into the DUI we opted to trade up our "older model" TLC's
for the new DUI TLC. Since the upgrade we have a flood of problems,
all of which the Dynatech reps. are aware of and are trying to
correct. Here is a brief list of the problems we are having with the
*Reading Keycode: Within an un-cut roll of negative the TLC will
periodicly misread the Keycode numbers from the Evertz 4025. On one
event the keycode is reading correctly and on the next it may be off.
Usually a (shift/CRT - spacebar - play) will reset the TLC and the
numbers will read correctly. Sometimes this has to be done two or
three times on a single event to make the numbers read correctly.
This makes the system very unreliable.
*Basic Functions: When setting up a session for Flex Logging
the TLC will not retain all of the input information. The TLC
selectively retains some items such as reel numbers, and operator
initials but not the session title, dates, VTR modes ect. If we go
back into the edit bins or the set-up modes to change any session
option the TLC defaults back to information input from a prior
session. In the middle of sessions the TLC will change the title of
the Flex log. During sessions the TLC will reset VTR offsets and
modes. After every transfer we have to check the Flex file for
accuracy. Errors are random and numerous.
*Keycode Reading: Inaccuracy in the Keycode reading is frequent. In
order to get the TLC to read numbers correctly we must do a RTC
re-connect or reset the RISC . This little dance is
performed many times during a session. It has to be done, or the
numbers are wrong. Fortunately the Evertz reads correctly and window
burns can be used to check against our Flex file.
*Edit Functions: The TLC has a very hard time syncronizing and
locking up the telecine and VTRs. It is not uncommon for an event to
be aborted two or three times before locking up correctly. Manual
and automatic calculations for edit durations, commonly used when
syncing up tail slates, do not work properly.
These are only a few of the more major problems we are having.
All of them do have a work around in order to ensure the Flex logs
are correct but it is all too time consuming. There are also
numerous DUI "Bugs" which I would be happy to discuss with anyone
also having problems on the new DUI. The main problem is it's just
plain slow, especially after importing large EDL's for tape-to-tape
color correction. As the color grade list grows, the DUI functions
If the new DUI TLC's are supposed to be so great, why are we
having so many problems with ours? Are we just not living right or
One last thing I must mention. All of the customer service reps
at Dynatech have been very receptive to our problems and I do believe
it is their intention to correct this situation as painlessly and as
quickly as possible.
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