Hi all. I've been annoyed with my wired Lavalier lately and need to replace it. As I'm completely replacing my rig, I can't afford a (good) wireless solution, so would prefer to use a shotgun at this stage.
The situation where a wired lav is no longer working for me is as follows:
- Shooting myself behind a desk talking
- No time, I film 10-12 minute videos. I usually have a 15 minute timeframe. 20 at the most. Running a cable discreetly takes alot of time, and the lav often doesn't work straight up (either hiss, clicking, or it seems to invert and blocks out my voice instead of background noise). I don't have time for sound checks after I frame the shot and drag the desk into place.
- Extremely confined space. The desk I sit behind is wall to wall, with less than 1cm of clearance either side. Once I'm behind it, the camera and teleprompt are operated remotely. I don't have space for a boom mic, and the lack of room means the cable run is long and arduous for a lavalier. I also don't have easy access to the camera rig to do adjustment.
- Extremely hot. Ambient temperature in this room in summer is 40 degrees Celsius plus. That's before I switch on the lights. Doesn't directly effect sound quality, but it relates to the time thing as by 10 minutes I'm drowning in sweat. I'll also be running a fan in the background (but it's about 5m away).
So a shotgun mic is my ideal solution, as I can just attach it to the top of my cage and wheel it in to position on the dolly. I am worried about sound quality though.
I was looking at the Rode VideoMic Pro, and was wondering how well it fared over a distance of about 2 metres? I will probably put it on an articulating arm and extend it in front of the cage, so distance might be much shorter. And how will it hold up with background noise of a fan or wind if I open a window?
Or are there better solutions? Thanks