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Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate

B&H # BISACC Mfr # 425011
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You Pay: $94.95
Product Highlights
  • Color Clapper Sticks
  • Uses Dry-Erase Markers

The Birns & Sawyer 425011 is a professional scene-marking production slate with inlaid color clapping sticks. The full slate measures 9.5" high by 11" wide. It has durable engraved sections/text, works with DRY-ERASE markers and fits into a standard front-box. It includes markings for production, roll, scene, take, director, camera, date, filter, FPS, Day, Night, Interior, Exterior, MOS, and Sync information.

Writing Surface Acrylic
Clapper Color
Dimensions (HxW) 7.5 x 11" (writing surface)
9.5 x 11" (w/clapper)
Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Birns & Sawyer425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate
     
    4.5

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (19)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Improves performance (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (17)
      • Complex projects (9)
      • In the studio (9)
      • Home movies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (15), Business owner (11), Enthusiast (4), Film student (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great product - does what you need

      I've been a professional editor for years. The color and grayscales are great in post. I have also used in the field. I read the reviews about dry erase makers not working. I...Read complete review

      I've been a professional editor for years. The color and grayscales are great in post. I have also used in the field. I read the reviews about dry erase makers not working. I haven't had any problems during filming with standard Expo markers. Clap is bright and solid. A couple picky things I would have liked. The board is translucent. If it was white, I could use it to white balance. Also, the space available for writing in production notes is, in my use of the board, not in the correct proportions. For instance, the space for production is tight at the top while director is prominent in the middle. Like I said, more pertains to my particular shoots than a bad design of the board, but I just ignore the engraved writing on the board and write what I need where I need it.
      Again, I recommend this slate for any production artist who wants to make their editors happy.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Flimsy and Full of chips/missing chunks

      I was dying in anticipation to receive my [$] slate in the mail and expected it to blow my mind. When I got it I was more than disappointed. The wood had several...Read complete review

      I was dying in anticipation to receive my [$] slate in the mail and expected it to blow my mind. When I got it I was more than disappointed. The wood had several chips in it and the corners were bent. The acrylic portion wasn't even aligned with the wood and was flimsily attached. Don't waste your money on this; just go out and make your own for dirt cheap.

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      5.0

      On time and Perfect condition

      By Jul AC

      from Bogota, Colombia

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

        Great Slate, very good wood used for the sticks. The slate itsef its also very well made. Bit pricey for a slate at the end of the day, but its a present so there you go.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        3.0

        Useful tool for independent film-makers.

        By Sean

        from New Mexico

        About Me Business Owner, Independent Film Maker, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

        As an independent film-maker I'm now starting to shoot multiple scenes and also to use multiple cameras for each scene. The Production Slate helps me to keep the individual scenes and cameras organized and the sound synched for each scene.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Perfect Clapper . . .

        By oteimages

        from Washington State

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

          Exactly what we were looking for / works perfectly

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Exudes Quality and Professional Design!

          By Ingluorius Gaffer

          from Ontario, Canada

          About Me Business Owner, Documentary Maker, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Read
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality
          • Stellar Craftsmanship
          • True Kodak Color

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Documentary
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio
            • TV

            Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

            Received this product in perfect condition and immediately noticed the high quality workmanship of the product. The clapper sticks are inlaid with true Kodak colour; no stickers or poor paint job! The sticks are made of real mahogany by the smell and feel and will clearly last a substantial beating for the next several decades. The engraving on the slate is bold and exceptionally easy to read, and also well laid-out for production. I went with the colour sticks since we shoot digital video and have not been disappointed in post-production! This slate makes colour editing a breeze. Due to the nature of our equipment we shoot with a glorified audio recorder and the consistent CLAP sound of the sticks has made audio sync a breeze. Cheap dry-erase markers make a clear, easily legible mark on the board and wipes off clean without problem. I highly recommend this board for those who want a true high-quality product without spending $ on a digital slate! This board is being used for student film as well as professional studio and we love the enhanced ease of production!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Good Slate

            By Dick Beninya

            from Pasadena, CA

            About Me Film Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

              Does everything a slate should do. I like the color bar to help with color grading in post.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great product - does what you need

              By AReich

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Color and grayscale
              • Professional Quality
              • Works as advertised

              Cons

              • Engraved note headings
              • Translucent

              Best Uses

              • Helping your editor
              • Multicamera shoots

              Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

              I've been a professional editor for years. The color and grayscales are great in post. I have also used in the field. I read the reviews about dry erase makers not working. I haven't had any problems during filming with standard Expo markers. Clap is bright and solid. A couple picky things I would have liked. The board is translucent. If it was white, I could use it to white balance. Also, the space available for writing in production notes is, in my use of the board, not in the correct proportions. For instance, the space for production is tight at the top while director is prominent in the middle. Like I said, more pertains to my particular shoots than a bad design of the board, but I just ignore the engraved writing on the board and write what I need where I need it.
              Again, I recommend this slate for any production artist who wants to make their editors happy.

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              • No

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              2.0

              Flimsy and Full of chips/missing chunks

              By MDFilmClub

              from Tampa, Fl

              About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                  I was dying in anticipation to receive my [$] slate in the mail and expected it to blow my mind. When I got it I was more than disappointed. The wood had several chips in it and the corners were bent. The acrylic portion wasn't even aligned with the wood and was flimsily attached. Don't waste your money on this; just go out and make your own for dirt cheap.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent, But Don't Use Dry Erase

                  By JB

                  from Fort Collins, CO

                  About Me Business Owner, Producer, Professional Artist

                  Pros

                  • Color Reference Bars
                  • Professional Quality
                  • White Balance Bars

                  Cons

                  • Not Dry Erase

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films
                  • In Post
                  • In Production
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                  This is an excellent production slate for those that aren't using state-of-the-art time code equipment in production and post. It produces a solid "clap" for manual video/audio sync and the color and luminosity reference marks are valuable in post.

                  BUT BUT BUT

                  Even though Birns & Sawyer say it's dry-erase compatible, it's not. I used bog standard Expo dry erase markets on it and needed to make a correction 10 seconds later. It would not come off with either water or alcohol-based solvents. Elbow grease doesn't work. Dry erase chemically bonds with acrylic surface.

                  If this happens to you, don't panic. It *can* be removed with a micro-abrasive sponge like "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser". Use something like this before using your fingernail or scratching it.

                  Otherwise this is a wonderful little slate which is highly functional and impresses the clients :-).

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Works perfectly

                  By TrackGeek Chris

                  from Efland, NC

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                    This is a simple but important item to have on a shoot. It makes a difference when you start looking through a lot of takes in the edit suite. After using it the first time I won't do a project without it.

                    One thing to keep in mind - USE THE RIGHT MARKERS! The low smell markers do not erase easily from the acrylic. Buy the cheap smelly markers and you'll have no problem erasing the slate.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Fantastic

                    By Bombshell Studios

                    from Hillsborough, NC

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                    This is an all around excellent slate. It writes clean and doesn't immediately wipe off by an accidental brush.

                    Only con is that in real strong daylight (specifically backlit) it can make the slate hard to read due to its transparency.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    What you see is what you get

                    By George Peer

                    from Greece

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                      Great packaging. The product was what i expected to be.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      simple and elegant

                      By Ed the Guerrilla Filmmaker

                      from NYC, NY

                      About Me Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                        A nice slate that's large and comfortable. Very nice sound on the clapper. I love it.

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                        4.0

                        Quality

                        By BlackbagProductions

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • None thus far

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                        This thing just projects profesionalism and seems to be very durable.

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                        5.0

                        One Great Slate

                        By For All Audiences Productions

                        from Western North Carolina

                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                          This slate is absolutely worth the extra $$. You'll get plenty of whiteboard space for legibility at almost any focal distance, and smooth, solid hinge action. The clapper itself is made of light yet solid wood, and the added color bars are a nice touch to allow for easier color balancing in post. Nicely balanced for one-handed use and sturdy enough to survive drops and dings and keep on clappin'.

                          Adding this to my crew's production kit gave us an instant credibility boost with clients, and really made us feel like pros. I cannot recommend this product highly enough.

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                          5.0

                          Really solid product!

                          By Martha BP

                          from Topeka, KS

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                            I was really wow'd when I opened the box. This is a very solid, substantial slate. It's well-made and everything was just right. Good value for the price!

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                            5.0

                            outstanding

                            By Seanie

                            from Orlando, FL

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Home Movies
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                              outstanding, works perfectly. clients love it!

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                              5.0

                              Awesome

                              By Joey

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Professional Artist

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • Independent Films

                                Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                                This thing is indestructable! Used it on a shoot where it was constanly thrown around, but it still looks and functions like I just bought it. I highly recommend it to anyone. It's not cheap, but it will save you from having to buy another one for a very long time.

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                                5.0

                                Great Prop

                                By Kell Dog

                                from Cincinnati, OH

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects

                                  Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                                  Great product, but it should be for the money, basically used as an impressive prop which everyone thinks is cool, worth it for that alone.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Slate !

                                  By Mack Truck

                                  from Nashville, TN

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                                      A nice and durable slate.

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                                      4.0

                                      Just What You Need

                                      By JustJG

                                      from Sangre De Cristos, NM

                                      About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Independent Films

                                        Comments about Birns & Sawyer 425011 Professional Acrylic Production Slate:

                                        I'd give it 5 stars, but... Well, really, 5 stars?

                                        Anyway, it works just as you'd expect it do, as durable as they get, the professional standard, only thing you might want is a fully digital back lit slate, but who has that kind of money for something that really is a dying part of film making... Does anybody "sync" sound anymore, except of course studio productions...

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