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Old July 30th, 2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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Best mic setup for a Canon GL2?

Hi there,

I'm pretty new to digital video, so I appreciate your patience in advance!

I have a Canon GL2. This weekend, I am filming several interviews in a studio - some with one person, some with two people. We have one wireless lav mic at our disposal, but this won't work for the two-person interviews. (or will it?)

Assuming it won't, I see two options. 1 - rent a second lav mic, or 2 - rent a boom mic/shotgun mic. (First silly question: is a boom mic just a shotgun on a stick?)

Anyway, which option seems more reasonable? I've called some rental places about shotgun mics, and they said that since my camera only has an 1/8" jack, I would need an XLR adapter box before we could talk.

But if we go the route of two wireless lav mics, how would that work with my camera? We don't have an audio mixer or anything - we're just recording sound through the camera. This may be the silliest question yet, but is it possible for two wireless mics to work with one receiver?

Thanks sooo much for your help.

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Old July 30th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #2
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I would call another rental house if they said that.
Chicago is a big city, there should be one that has a BeachTek, Sign Video or similar XLR adapter, if not, ask if they have a portable mixer for rent. Hopefully you find a good rental house that will treat you right and be somewhat cool about educating you in what to rent.
Depending on what type of wireless you have, you may just want to rent two of the same so the difference isn't so dramatic.

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Looks like Zacuto in Chicago has a nice package

Mic Kit # 1
$125/day or $350/week
2 Tram lav mics, with 25' XLR cable
1 Sennheiser 416 short shotgun mic kit/Zeppelin shock mount/windsock/ wired 12' boom pole/BoomMate/XLR cords/Stand
1 RE50 Electro-Voice omni directional stick mic, with 25' XLR cable
1 headphones
1 Shure FP32 3 channel stereo mixer/PortaBrace case
1 15' Breakaway camera/mixer cable snake
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