Aldi Medion Base Station (no monitor)

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ChrisH
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Not sure if this is a bargain or not?

Goes on sale at an Aldi near youThursday 15th Feb.

£399

http://uk.aldi.com/

Intel® Pentium® D 915 Dual Core Processor 2.8GHz, 2 × 2MB L2 Cache with 800MHz FSB
1024MB DDR2 SDRAM with 533MHz 64 bit.
250GB SATA hard drive 8MB cache, super-fast 7,200rpm.
NVidia® GeForce™ 7300 SE graphics card – 128MB memory with DVI-I, D-Sub VGA and TV-out. Supports up to 384MB graphics memory NVidia® TurboCache™ technology.CD/DVD Burner – Supports all the usual CD/DVD standards, including dual layer DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD-RAM.
8 channel High Definition audio
TV Tuner for analogue/digital TV (DVB -T).

noddydog
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Lidl had an interesting item last week (don't know if it's still there), it was a mains plug (UK) fader unit, ie you insert the mains plug of an electrical item into this unit and then plug it into the wall socket. You can then adjust how much power goes to the electrical item. These are great when you have practicals on location and they are providing the incorrect exposure for any other lighting you are using (which is why they are often removed or left off). If you place this fader unit in line then you can reduce the level of the practical until you can expose correctly on the camera. I know the colour temperature will change, but given that it's a practical most viewers expect it to be warmer than the rest of the lighting environment and so it looks ok. Of course the other way is to carry around a variety of low wattage bulbs, but this doesn't give you much control and they will often get broken.

GTFC Video
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I bought a couple of these faders two years ago, I think one was dodgy but they replaced it. The other is used with a 500w floodlight, I know it sounds a bit basic, but I very rarely have to use lighting when I'm videoing. Although I have to say that I used this set up in an executive box at a football match to do an interview at night and the only other lighting was the poor flourecsent strip light. I pointed the floodlight up to the ceiling and the reflected light was very good and the resulting interview came out so good I didn't have to do any post changes.

noddydog
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whatdoiknow wrote:
The other is used with a 500w floodlight

I don't think the one I bought is rated anywhere near that figure!

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Oops, well you'll have to let me know what that means, it is only used very sparingly and it is inbetween the mains and the floodlight so all I'm doing is reducing power to the floodlight or so I thought.

noddydog
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It depends on the model and what it is designed to cope with. Most of the cheap domestic ones are only rated for household appliances, e.g. a 100w lamp is usually the maximum. There are proper industrial/commercial faders but they are normally much more expensive. For example a broadcast version (designed to fade x3 channels up to about 1000W each) is approx £300-400. I once looked into having an electrician build one for me with heaving duty components and the quote came back at about £100 for just a single fader that would cope with a single 850W redhead.

I'm not sure what will happen if you overload yours. I assume it is fused and hopefully the fuse will blow (it may be the reason your first one didn't work). If that weren't the case I imagine there is a serious risk of overheating/fire.

Incidentally if anyone knows a cheaper/better solution for video lights please let me know.

bcrabtree
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ChrisH wrote:
Not sure if this is a bargain or not?

Goes on sale at an Aldi near youThursday 15th Feb.

£399

http://uk.aldi.com/

Intel® Pentium® D 915 Dual Core Processor 2.8GHz, 2 × 2MB L2 Cache with 800MHz FSB
1024MB DDR2 SDRAM with 533MHz 64 bit.
250GB SATA hard drive 8MB cache, super-fast 7,200rpm.
NVidia® GeForce™ 7300 SE graphics card – 128MB memory with DVI-I, D-Sub VGA and TV-out. Supports up to 384MB graphics memory NVidia® TurboCache™ technology.CD/DVD Burner – Supports all the usual CD/DVD standards, including dual layer DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD-RAM.
8 channel High Definition audio
TV Tuner for analogue/digital TV (DVB -T).

Not sure how much of a bargain it is, but the full specs are here:
http://uk.aldi.com/images/data_product/100192406445c09aa442577.pdf

So others may be able to enlighten us.