If you’ve listened to my Podcast Answer Man podcast for any length of time, you probably know that I’m pretty picky when it comes to audio quality. While I do prefer audio over video podcasts 99.9% of the time, I believe that every audio podcaster should make use of written blog posts and video content on their site. The thing most people struggle with, when it comes to producing video content, is getting great audio.
I was so happy when I had finally found the Kodak Zi8 pocket HD camera. The reason is that this was the first handheld pocket HD camera that had a built in audio input jack so that you could bring in external audio instead of relying on the built in mics that comes with these cameras.
I have always wanted to get a high quality wireless microphone system to do my videos, but I wanted to hold off until I could afford to get something that would give me the quality that I was looking for. Until now, I’ve been using extremely long cables to bring audio in from my audio mixer for most of my videos. The problem has been that the cables end up getting in the way.
Features That I Love About This System:
– Includes a bodypack transmitter.
– Includes an omni directional lavalier microphone.
– Includes a plug-on XLR microphone Transmitter.
– Includes a portable, battery operated Receiver/Tuner.
– All parts are solid metal construction.
– All units operate on standard AA Batteries.
– Bodyback Transmitter and Receiver come with belt clip.
– Mounting Adapter for camcorder included.
– Mic/Line level input selection on both transmitters.
– Convenient auto channel scanning function.
I am very excited about this purchase and have no doubt that, as a result of the increased ease of setup and the reduced stress of so many wires, I’m going to be producing a great deal more video for this site.
In the video, I did mention that I have the Electro-Voice RE-50B Microphone. I also made use of the Sima SL-20LX Ultra Bright Video Light. Though, I’m pretty sure that one of my next videos will my review of my next purchase, which is the CowboyStudio 2275 Watt Digital Video Softbox Lighting Kit.
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UDPATE: Monday April 11th, 2011
I just released my first official video produced using the wireless mic system and thought I would post it here to demonstrate just how amazing this new gear is.
Before you watch the video embedded below, please take special note of the following two details that will help demonstrate just how impressive this gear is.
1) Pay special attention to Stephanie’s hair in this video. This will explain why, even though the camera is on a steady tripod, the camera seems to have so much movement. The wind was BLOWING SO HARD that it nearly knocked over the tripod. Also notice that the Electro-Voice RE-50B Microphone DOES NOT HAVE A WINDSCREEN on it. It actually has one built into the microphone. As you can tell in this video, this microphone did EXTREMELY WELL in a high wind environment. The Sony UWP-V6 Wireless Microphone Package comes with a receiver, a bodypack that includes a lavalier microphone, and the plug-on adapter for an interview mic. There is no interview mic included with this package. However, the Electro-Voice RE-50B Microphone is THE MIC that I would recommend for out in the field interviews!
2) The camera is on a tripod about 30 feet away from where we are standing in this video. The audio sounds just as great as any wired mic setup that I’ve used in the past. The best part was that there are no wires to deal with. We did have one couple pass in front of our camera while we were shooting this video. Also, you could see how our youngest daughter, McKenna, was dancing around in circles during the video as well. This would have been disastrous if we had to deal with the wires.
Oh, and one other production note. I shot this video in 1080p using my Kodak Zi8 pocket HD camera so that I do this video without any camera guy at all. I knew that I wanted to start the video showing a little bit of the wording of the movie theater name in the beginning of the video and then slowly zoom in on us for the interview. I also knew that I would produce this video in 720p. This meant that I was able to zoom in, in post production. To see what I’m talking about, check out the video from 11 seconds to 27 seconds, where you will see the steady zoom without loss of picture quality.
There you go my friends. I’ve now tested the Sony UWP-V6 Wireless Microphone Package with my Electro-Voice RE-50B Microphone in an extremely windy environment and I’m thoroughly pleased with the results!
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