HDVideoPro by Dan Brockett
A professional, yet affordable wireless sound system
Q I'm shooting a long-term documentary in Angola with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Since I'm working alone, a boom mic is out of the question. What do you recommend to obtain decent sound from a moving subject? I'm shooting interviews with several people, but my main subject is a doctor, and I need to follow him as he makes house calls to several tribes in different regions of the country. I'm hoping to pick up his conversations with his patients.
A I think a wireless microphone system is going to be the solution for your challenge. I'm not a big fan of wireless microphone systems and only use them when I must and there's no other way to capture the audio I need. All wireless systems, regardless of cost, never sound as good or as consistent as a $40 XLR cable. That said, there are obviously some situations where a wireless system is the only way to make a situation work, and your scenario seems to be one of those situations.
Wireless microphone systems tend to fall within three distinct categories. The first is professional, high-end wireless systems like those from Lectrosonics and Zaxcom. While there's some price variance within each company's product lineup, in general, figure about $3,000 and up for a single, high-end wireless system. Since you're shooting with a low-cost DSLR, I'll make the assumption that you may not want to or be able to spend that much money to buy a wireless system. read more...
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