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Bill Davis
Re: Question to shooters: earbuds etc.
on Oct 16, 2018 at 1:55:43 am

For me personally, I've kinda had a two tier strategy to my field monitoring.

Tier one has always been SET UP THE SOUND.

Set up the gear, get the signal path working. Test it with regular headphones listening for issues. Fix the issues.
IF there's a sound person, turn it all over to them.
If not, rely on the gear to continue to operate as designed accepting that if things OVERTLY change, (traffic, doors opening or closing, a light that goes on with a buzzy ballast, etc - I'll hear it in the real world of the shoot and can get out the cans to see if it's a serious issue.

Then we move on to:
SHOOTING WITH SOUND.
I often wear a single earbud for doing this. I have about 3 of them from Amazon, from a company called Far End. They sell a Stereo-to-mono Noise Isolating Earphone with Fabric Wrapped Cord. These come in short and VERY short versions. Very short can hang off a shoulder mount camera really well. It has a 3.5mm plug, so you may have to adapt that to 1/4" stereo phone if your source has that.

It's not at all a real "isolation" strategy, and takes some getting used to - BUT - if a battery fails or something goes seriously wrong, you should notice it. It's certainly better than the old "ear side" speakers built into the earlier betacams so that your camera side ear could at least hear SOMETHING was getting to the preamps!

And the "medum short" one works pretty well with a gimbal rig.

They aren't nearly as good as cans. But if you use them, you at least aren't shooting sonically blind.

I've always wanted to check out the Etymotic stuff, (or the custom moulded ear sets like my wife used on the air on TV for so many years for IFB, but I've never found a decent excuse to spend that much money.

My 2 cents. YMMV.

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