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Old December 9th, 2005, 05:37 PM   #1
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Shot first wedding...Iriver/Giant Squid

Wow... shot my first wedding and learned a lot. Had 2 cams which was invaluable.

I am writing to say thanks to all who convinced me to go the Iriver route. I attached a Giant Squid mic to the Iriver (790 series), put it in the groom's pocket and hooked up the mic to his tux.

Wow. What a great quality of sound I got from the groom, bride, and minister. This one setup got all of their voices with ease and clarity. I remember looking at wireless mic systems and mini-disc recorders and I decided to go the Iriver route. I had to come back here and search posts for how to actually record through the Iriver, because as anyone with an Iriver knows, their buttons/ease of navigation is downright cryptic.

Anyway, through this forum I have purchased a Rode Videomic and the Iriver/Giant Squid setup. Great recommendations. I have really good quality audio from this wedding. As Spot says, good audio is 70% of good video (paraphrasing).

Thanks to this forum.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 06:32 PM   #2
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Anyway, through this forum I have purchased a Rode Videomic
I bought one too, it just came yesterday so I haven't had much time to play with it.

I can say that while the sound is great the mic construction itself leaves me wondering how long it will last. Turning the tiny plastic switch to OFF takes a hard push just to get it to stay off. The overall chasis is just cheaply made.

Again though, the sound seems pretty good. (After I figured out that I needed to switch the audio gain to "manual" on my VX2100 - cutting it down by about half)

As far as the iRivers... I just got two 895's and am still waiting on my squid mics. But you're right. These things do indeed require the manual to figure out. :)

Glad to hear things went well Jeff!
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Old December 9th, 2005, 08:50 PM   #3
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Glad things went well Jeff! I have the Evolution G2 wireless system, but always use the iRiver 790 w/Giant Squid for backup audio. You can't beat it for the price. I also have the Rode Videomic and I'm very happy with it. I've even used it for some quick voice over work and the results were very good.
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Old December 14th, 2005, 04:48 PM   #4
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iRiver???

Are you talking about the little MP3 player that also acts as a recorder? Do they capture sound with adequate quality for video work?

I tried using a digital voice recorder and wasn't very happy with the sound quality.

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Old December 15th, 2005, 07:08 AM   #5
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The IFP series of iRivers (7XXX & 8XXX). The new "T" series are useless. Plently of the IFP iRivers on ebay...
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Old December 15th, 2005, 07:56 AM   #6
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Are you talking about the little MP3 player that also acts as a recorder? Do they capture sound with adequate quality for video work?

I tried using a digital voice recorder and wasn't very happy with the sound quality.

Tom
Those who are successful use it with an external mic. A typical recorder's internal mic just won't cut it.
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