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Suddenly Controversial Article “Is Wireless Dead?”

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Audio, Ceremony, Education, Microphones, Top Stories, Wireless | 13 Comments

This controversial article disappeared recently for some mysterious reason, so we wanted resurrect it here and continue with the stimulating comments.

Adam Forgione writes,

Well maybe not exactly, but for me, wireless audio is a last resort. Signal always wants to travel the path of least resistance and air is resistant. The same concept applies many times to wireless internet vs. direct ethernet connection.

The goal is always to travel through the least amount of devices and through the shortest and least resistant path. Because you are using the wireless system to “carry” the signal, it becomes two more devices (transmitter + receiver) added to the chain causing more noise. Fortunately technology has given us many options to record our audio without wireless. Field recorders are becoming more mainstream and most record directly onto media like SDHC cards. There are 2 types of field recorder – full size and pocket size.

Full size usually packs better quality parts and more channels giving you more options and better pre-amps which give you a warmer and less noisy signal but may be too bulky to hold or wear. I use this especially when conducting controlled interviews or dialogue where there is not much movement. I also can send feeds from a mixing board into this field recorder.

Pocket size is great for portability and to hide in a pocket or clip onto a belt. I use these with a good quality lav mics for interviews, lectures, dialogue, walking/taking shots, etc.

The disadvantage of wireless is huge with event filmmakers. You have no control over possible interference, dropouts, and most wireless systems only carry the signal but do not record the signal. The signal to noise ratio is noisier than wired because the transmitter is sending signal literally through air to get to its receiver. Although there are some really good wireless systems out there, the problem is that they will cost a lot of money ($2000 +) and still do not guarantee a cleaner signal then simple wired.

Using wireless is a choice you have to decide based on your own experiences. In some situations I would actually choose to use wireless lavs so I can monitor the audio on the actor and make sure there is no noise from clothing scratching on the mic. When wireless is needed, I currently use the UR series from Shure which is a highend solution and much cleaner than most. In addition I would back up with a wired pocket recorder as well.

So to summarize, I will mostly choose wired over wireless because wired field recorders will give me a better quality signal, I won’t have to deal with wireless interference, and I won’t have to invest as much money. I will warn you about electronic devices like cell phones being near wired or wireless. Some cell phones and similar devices can create interference on all recorders and wireless systems so always keep that in mind.

Here are some setups I personally use


Shure VP89M medium shotgun mic wired to Roland R44 field recorder


1/4” instrument cable or XLR cable wired from mixing board to Roland R44 field recorder

Roland R05 pocket recorder wired with Sanken COS11D lav mic for groom or podium in church


Roland R05 pocket recorder wired with Sanken COS11D lav mic and hush lav sleeves to reduce clothing noise


Rode VideoMic Pro wired to DSLR – Not the best quality but acceptable for run and gun.

Read controversial comments on Adam’s Vimeo Page

Event Filmmaker’s Worth

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Behind the Scenes, Business, Education, Top Stories | 6 Comments


We asked the question “What is your average invoice?” and out of about 184 entries so far, we came up with this graph. About 93% were entries from the United States. The idea that event filmmakers are undervalued is a common belief within the industry. Here are some interesting stats based on average invoices :

  • Only 3.4% charge $7000+ 
  • Over 1/2 the industry charges between $2000-4000
  • 87% charge under 5k
  • 22% charge under 2k
Recently at the IN[FOCUS] conference, many leaders were pushing for the industry raise the value of event filmmaking. Keep in mind not every event filmmaker is present here but this gives you a nice snapshot of what our industry looks like today. It is obvious that the major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco house some of the more expensive companies but the standard of living is equally higher. Some companies choose to focus on destination weddings so that they can go to the cities with higher budgets.
These charts gave us the idea to create more surveys so we can all take a snap shot of what our industry looks like. If you would like to suggest other graphs, please comment below or add your ideas in our suggestion box. Stay tuned for more of these fun surveys and be sure to join WCP FORUM on Facebook where this poll originated from.
We can update the poll if enough event filmmakers add to the original 2 question survey here.
Results as of 4:30pm Jan 25, 2012. Be sure to share this so we can feedback on how to make the next survey better.

Adam Forgione Teaches Advanced Audio for Filmmakers

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Top Stories, Workshops | Leave a comment


Where : Unique Photo and Video • 123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004 | 973-377-2007
When : February 1, 2012 @ 6:30pm – 10pm

“Adam breaks down everything you need to know into understandable, coherent sections which by the end of his seminar will leave you much the wiser, more confident and ready to record great sound!” – Philip Bloom

Topics include :
Capturing Audio
Sweetening Audio in Post
How To Pick the Right Microphone
How To Pick the Right Field Recorder
Wired vs. Wireless
EQ’s (equalizers)
Editing music
Song structure
Time signatures
Sound Design/Sound Effects
Ambient audio
Using source audio creatively
Voice overs
Complete setups for dialogue, interviews, wedding production, etc
Q + A

In[Focus] 2012

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Education, Events, In[Focus], Networking, Top Stories, Wedding, Workshops | Leave a comment

Well it has almost officially started as of Sunday Jan 15, 2012. We will keep you posted as it unfolds. Steve Moses shares this photo and says

Flying with my friend David & others to Charleston SC in the morning to a incredible meeting of hundreds of Event Filmmakers at In[Focus]. Great education..dinners..& parties!! Always ready to learn more about all aspects of this great profession!! 3rd year in a row….can’t wait !!

Don’t forget to keep visiting the LIVESTREAM page and live iphone coverage of In[Focus]. Also the recorded interviews will eventually be featured in FEATURED INTERVIEWS if you miss it.

In[Focus] is doing live streaming as well so check in there as often as possible.