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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

SIT DOWN INTERVIEWS AND SCENES WITH MINIMAL MOVEMENT

Shure VP89M medium shotgun mic wired to Roland R44 field recorder

WEDDING

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

WALKING TALKING SHOTS

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

RUN AND GUN DSLR

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

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LIVESTREAM : “Delivery” with Tatjana Green and Candice Cossel

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Advertising, Business, Delivery, Education, Marketing, Networking, Photographer, Social Media, Wedding | 8 Comments

WATCH THE LIVESTREAM ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7TH, 2012 @ 4PM EST.

Once your film is finished, it’s not over yet. One of the most important steps to the successful customer experience is The Delivery. What does your customer feel when they open your packaging? Is it different than anyone else? Did they expect to have an experience opening it like they did? Where is it stored and how is it shared? These questions any many more are questions you should be asking yourself when delivering your product to your customer.

Join us on Tuesday February 7, 2012 at 4pm EST as Tatjana Green of Brought to You By and Candice Cossel of Serendipity Studios discuss this overlooked topic. Tatjana is a well known Art Director, Brand Expert, and Filmmaker and Candice Cossel is an award winning photographer who runs her photo + cinema studio with husband Travis Cossel. We will cover delivery devices like custom flash drives, wireless downloads, dvd, blu-ray, ipads, and more. Delivery times and expectations, perceived value which effects first impressions, branding on your packaging, how your clients can share your work, and making an impact to your clients.

Royalty Free / Licensed Music for Weddings

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Music, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

615 Music – http://www.615music.com – must create account before seeing much. Mention WCP Facebook Forum and save 18%.

Audio Jungle – http://audiojungle.net – varies and check out the difference between standard and extended license, its not clear to me.

Band Camp – http://bandcamp.com – Waiting to hear back from them if they really do royalty-free music.

Catalyst Sound – http://www.catalystsoundlicensing.com – you have to ask for a quote, no idea on licensing

Digital Juice (Music Box or older Stack Traxx)- http://www.digitaljuice.com/products/product_lines.asp?plid=239 – price varies, use forever – Royalty Free library, 3 volumes, but currently going through “retirement” and will probably show up as a download item at some point.

Ear Candy Digital – http://www.earcandydigital.com – $25/song – 25 dvd limit per project – lifetime use, “20forcali” for 20% off through March 2012.

First Com – http://www.firstcom.com – Can’t tell must create userid on site and they will contact you.

Footage Firm – http://www.footagefirm.com – $8.41/CD – use forever

Free Stock Music –  http://www.freestockmusic.com – no fees, no catch, unlimited downloads – forever

Incompetech – http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free – Free if willing to credit to $30 –  unlimited

Jewel Beat – http://www.jewelbeat.com/index.php – $1 upwards – be sure to read standard vs extended license – 99 years

Music Bed, The – http://www.themusicbed.com – $49/song – 1 time use, $79 – one year multiple use

Music 2 Hues – http://www.music2hues.com – $19/song – emailed them about licensing, its not clear.

Music Licensing Store – http://www.musiclicensingstore.com – requires registration to see pricing

Neosounds – http://www.neosounds.com – $19 and up per song. NeoSounds offers two types of licenses: the Standard License and the Mass Market License. Both of the licenses allow use of  music and sfxs in almost any type of audio/visual production as many times as you desire, in as many of your productions as you desire, for as long as you desire.

O’Neill Brothers (Piano Music) – http://www.pianobrothers.com/ – Can licesnse by the song ($59 for 3 songs) or the whole library.  WEVA members get the whole library for $150, instead $247.

Premium Beat – http://www.premiumbeat.com – $30-$50/song, use forever

ProductionTrax – http://www.productiontrax.com – anywhere from $13-$120,  We would require B license, couldn’t find the length of license

Shawn Reeder Music – http://shawnreeder.com – $44/song – 99 years, I couldn’t figure out how to sample the music.

SmartAssMusic – http://www.smartassmusic.com – $4-$16/song based on license type – 99 years

Smartsound – http://www.smartsound.com – $30 upwards, unlimited use

Song Freedom – http://www.songfreedom.com – $4-$36/song requires subscription – 1 yr from when downloaded, “DR” for 50% off

Sound Rangers – http://www.soundrangers.com – $20 to $200 – multitude of licenses

Stock20 – hhtp://www.stock20.com – $20/song – lifetime

Triple Scoop Music – http://triplescoopmusic.com – $60/song – 99 years

Truetone Productions – http://truetoneproductions.com – $48/song – 1 yr license

Vimeo Music Store – http://vimeo.com/musicstore – free to $98 for commercial use – single specific video

With Etiquette – http://withetiquette.com – $99/song – 5 years

You License – http://www.youlicense.com – $6-$300 based on purpose, can’t tell requires registration

How are you recording audio?

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Audio, Business, Education, Poll, Sales, Survey, Wedding | 8 Comments

Source : WCP Forum Poll