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#1 William Santana

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 07:41 PM

I've been so caught up with learning how to use my Pilot that I've completely overlooked how I'll be capturing usable audio. I've done light research on wireless transmitters but I admittingly have zero idea in what to look for. So does anyone have any suggestions and tips?
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#2 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:50 AM

Hi,

Not exactly the place for this, but check out manufacturers such as Sennheiser and Shure for this...
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 11:15 AM

Sorry, I wasn't quite sure which forum to put my question in. Thanks for the lead though.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 04:23 PM

Sorry, I wasn't quite sure which forum to put my question in. Thanks for the lead though.


We use the Sennheiser Evo EW100 G2 wireless transmitters and receivers - for the money they are very good and reliable. The enxt step up (in price and quality) from those would probably be Lectrosonics.
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#5 Dave Gish

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:50 PM

I've been so caught up with learning how to use my Pilot that I've completely overlooked how I'll be capturing usable audio. I've done light research on wireless transmitters but I admittingly have zero idea in what to look for. So does anyone have any suggestions and tips?

There are 4 ways to get sound with the Pilot:
1) Use a shotgun microphone that rides on the camera.
2) Use a wireless link to get sound to the camera.
3) Use wireless to get sound to the camera, plus a separate wired recorder as backup.
4) Forget about wireless, record sound on a separate wired recorder, use a clapper/slate in production, and then manually line up everything in post.

The first method is the easiest, but has the worst sound. The second method can be used with either a boom pole shotgun, or a wireless lavaliere mic. Note that most wireless lavaliere mic systems also accept a line input on the wireless transmitter, so if you have something that will act as a microphone preamp (e.g. small mixer or field sound recorder), then you can use a wireless lavaliere mic system with a shotgun mic on a boom pole. Also note that wireless systems can produce noise and/or dropouts in adverse conditions, which leads to the third method above. You may want to have sound also recorded on a wired flash memory field sound recorder as backup. If the wireless audio to the camera has problem spots, you can still use the good spots of wireless audio to manually line up audio from the flash memory field sound recorder. Method #4 has the best sound, but takes the most time in post.

I've used all 4 methods above, and they each have their place.

We use the Sennheiser Evo EW100 G2 wireless transmitters and receivers - for the money they are very good and reliable. The next step up (in price and quality) from those would probably be Lectrosonics.

Right. I have the Sennheiser G2-100 system, but I did fly a Lectrosonics receiver for a job I did once.

I also have a Fostex FR2-LE field recorder, which I've used for 2-system sound with a slate, and also as backup with a line out into the G2-100 transmitter.
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Posted 04 December 2009 - 12:20 PM

If you get the Sennheiser G2 system and you plan on utilizing a phantom powered boom mic, you have 2 options. One is to buy a "self-powered" phantom mic or the other is to pop for the SKP-2000 wireless transmitter that works with the G2 system. Expensive but good.

-Andrew

Edited by Andrew Stone, 04 December 2009 - 12:21 PM.

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