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Todd Terry
Re: XL-H1a wirless mic set up
on Sep 27, 2008 at 2:41:03 pm

Hi Curt...

I'm not 100% what the power concerns are... almost ALL radio mic receivers designed for on-camera use are self-powered with their own batteries. You CAN power them off camera batteries, but certainly usually don't have to.

That being said, the Anton-Bauer battery adapter for the XLH1 is a wonderful thing, and I heartily recommend it. It works well, nice balance, and with it a single brick will power the H1 for what seems like an endless amount of time. In addition, the goldmount has the usual A-B "powertap" connector so that you can juice something else (your radio mic receiver, perhaps) as well. We don't usually go this wild, but in one or two extreme conditions we have used a single brick in the adapter to power the camera, Mini35 converter, teleprompter, and small on-camera obie light.

You can indeed use radio mics for the type of setup that you suggested. You might plug a shotgun mic into your sideline transmitter rather than a lavalier and have a soundperson hold it and follow the action. Or, a mic in a parabolic dish is often used for ballgame sideline action. Be aware that some of the favorite shotgun mics out there (such as my person favorite, the "industry standard" Sennheiser MKH416) do require 48v phantom power to work (usually provided by the camera), so in a wireless situation you will need to choose a mic that requires no power or is self-powered (battery).

For transmitters and receivers, I heartily recommend Lectrosonics.


Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

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