I remember the first time I bought a wireless lav system. It was a lot of money, but I finally bit the bullet and bought my first wireless Sennheiser G2 system. There I was, $600 down, but as happy as a clam. At the time, you couldn’t get a (decent) wireless body-packs for less than $450. My eyes were always set on Sennheiser though. Fast-forward half a decade later, and we have a bunch of wireless options. The prices have been going down and good quality has become more affordable. At $200.00, the Rode Wireless GO is one of the cheapest, most discreet, featured pack wireless systems on the market.
One of the biggest problems for many video shooters is getting decent audio in the camera. The in-camera mics in most cameras aren’t exactly great, and so you need to go external. Sennheiser’s XSW-D range makes getting external audio into your camera easy, and it does it wirelessly over 2.4Ghz. We spoke to Sennhesier at IBC 2019 to find out more.
The Deity Connect is Deity’s new wireless microphone system for lavaliers and XLR microphones. It runs on 2.4Ghz, lets you control your transmitters remotely, and can keep recording even if your transmitter and receiver lose connection. We stopped by the Deity stand at IBC 2019 to find out more about it and how it all works.
Announced in April, Røde’s new Wireless GO microphone system has seen a very positive response. It’s the world’s smallest digital wireless microphone/receiver combination, and while you can use just about any 3.5mm TRS microphone you like with it, Røde has created one specifically for it.
The new Røde Lavalier GO is a tiny lavalier, similar in size to their smartLav+, but with a 3.5mm TRS connector, instead of the TRRS found on the smartLav+. It contains a “Broadcast-grade” 4.5mm omnidirectional condenser capsule with a Kevlar-reinforced cable.
Lav mics are one of the most commonly used and versatile microphones out there. But when you don’t want them seen in the final film, you can often be facing a pretty tough challenge to hide them, especially when you don’t want the microphone placement to negatively affect the quality of the audio.
In this video, Darious Britt of D4Darious shows us ten ways to hide a lav mic while keeping your audio clean, along with a bunch of tips for attaching them.
Regardless of whether you call them lav, lavalier or lapel mics, they are wonderful things. Often used for interviews, spoken pieces to camera, and for when you can’t get a shotgun boomed overhead. What makes them great is that they can be so easily hidden from the camera’s view. You can hide them in clothes, under hair, on set pieces, and all kinds of places to keep them off camera but pick up quality audio.
This video from Creative North shares a handful of great tips on how to do exactly that. Mount and hide them to create great quality audio. It also covers some of the things you can do to cut down noise as your subject moves around – which can be a big problem for beginners to lav mics.
Getting good quality audio is often the biggest challenge faced by DSLR & mirrorless video shooters. The microphones built into most cameras are notoriously bad. They hear all kinds of background noise and echo, they hiss, and pick up a lot of unwanted sound from the camera itself, like autofocus (or even manual focus adjustments).
The easiest solution, of course, is to use an external microphone. You can then plug this either straight into your camera or a separate portable field recorder. While there are many different types of microphone out there, sometimes a lavalier is your best choice. This is where there Saramonic UwMic9 dual wireless lav mic kit comes in.
Wireless lavalier microphones have been a standard in the film & tv industries for years. They’re great for picking up sound while staying hidden from the shot. They’re also very useful for moving subjects where following them with a boomed microphone may be impossible. As more and more wireless devices enter our daily lives, however, issues can start to appear.
Interference, signal drop outs, and other problems can happen in densely populated areas. There’s also the problem of knowing whether the radio frequencies of the microphones you’re about to use are even legal in the location at which you’re using them. Tascam has presented us with a very elegant solution to these problems with the new Tascam DR-10L belt mounted lavalier recorder.
You’d think that recording a simple conversation would be quite straightforward. But it’s not as easy as it often looks. If you want to add a little drama you need to put some thought into it.
This video from CinematicJ is primarily aimed at those shooting some kind of dramatic conversation scene for a movie. But, you can also apply some of the techniques and suggestions mentioned in other filming situations.
Recording audio off the camera is as vital to filmmakers as getting the flash off the hotshoe is to photographers. Just as there are different options with off-camera flash, there are also a number of different microphone options when it comes to off-camera audio.
In this video from Adorama TV, David Day walks us through the two main types of microphones used to record sound. He explains the advantages and disadvantages of each and what types of shooting situations that each is often best suited to.