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Old June 13th, 2007, 07:22 AM   #1
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Wireless boom operator? Help

Is it possible to unplug the boom op from the camera via lets`say ATW 1800 series transmitter that has a line level hirose input (I also don`t know how can I adapt line level XLR to hirose but I assume it is possible somehow).

Or should boom op use a professional field recorder like Fostex fr-2LE instead as it gives a better audio resolution anyway?
Unfortunately sub $1000 field recorders doesn`t have balanced outputs for additional line level feed to transmitter or camcorder.

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Old June 13th, 2007, 07:49 AM   #2
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Anything is possible but most boom mics are mic level and need some kind of powering phantom, 12 Volt AB or an internal battery so your rig might need to take that into account as well. If you get a little mixer to power the mic and feed the transmitter line or mic level depending on what you need and your sound person can monitor/adjust the levels, listen to the sound and power the mic.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 09:44 AM   #3
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The Audio-Technica 1800 has an XLR plug-on transmitter that will turn any XLR mic into a wireless mic. It even provides phantom power. The specs say only up to 12 volts, but on another thread http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=95686 Douglas Spotted Eagle said that he is using the XLR plug-on with the NTG-1 (whose specs say 48 volt), and it works. That seems to be the best way to make your XLR mic totally wireless.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #4
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The Audio-Technica 1800 has an XLR plug-on transmitter that will turn any XLR mic into a wireless mic. It even provides phantom power. The specs say only up to 12 volts, but on another thread http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=95686 Douglas Spotted Eagle said that he is using the XLR plug-on with the NTG-1 (whose specs say 48 volt), and it works. That seems to be the best way to make your XLR mic totally wireless.
WARNING:::::::I have tried the 1800 plug on
on the ntg-1 and the audio was horrible.
The ntg-2, with battery, however, worked.

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Old June 15th, 2007, 02:26 AM   #5
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As the NTG-1 is designed to use 44V to 52V phantom it will not work correctly with 12V phantom provided by the ATW 1800 series plug.

In my vision my sound guy will operate the boom and the mixer given that I operate the cam. But that leads me to the question that if I should make the connection between the sound guy and camcorder wireless or should I just use a field recorder on a sound guy?

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Old June 15th, 2007, 07:04 AM   #6
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That more a question about dutoes and capabilities than gear.

If your boom guy is really booming mmore than a static shot, he'll need both hands. That means he can't mix. There is a little volume control thing I've seen that mounts on the boom, but at some point you need a boom op, a mixer and a shooter.

If you're smart you'll get folks who are cross-trained, e.g. I do sound for some clients, but can shoot and help light a shot.

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