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The Azden WLX-Pro Radio MicrophoneHow Did AusCam Score It?
It's amazing how much bad audio there is on video these days, especially in interviews. Too much emphasis is placed on using on-camera mics as against actually aiming for tippy top audio.
To reiterate, viewers will put up with the occasional skippy frame, shaky image or even the odd out of focus, but lousy or stuttery or out of sync audio will never be tolerated and people will turn off. So to fix audio problems, the first thing to do is make sure you are using the right mic for the job, and for interviews, this generally means using a radio transmitter receiver and lapel (also called lavaliere) mic.
Hobbyist videographers and even some top enthusiasts have the misconception that these are horrendously expensive, but this is not necessarily so. Chez Auscam has just taken possession of an Azden WLX-Pro radio mic setup and this retails for less than $250.
And for this price you get a nifty little unit indeed.
Firstly, you get a decent range of up to 76 metres (depending on conditions of course) using FM radio frequencies. And if you are using a couple of these for two interviewees, you have a pair of frequencies to choose from. A shoe mount is built in to attach the receiver to a camera/camcorder but it also possible to attach it to a wall mount.
Why would you do that? Because the WLX-Pro can also double as sender receiver for a PA system for public speaking or in a classroom environment.
The sending unit has a belt clip and the cable is around 1 metre long which is adequate for most jobs. An extender can of course be got if required for just a few dollars from Dick Smith, Jaycar and so on.
Power is supplied by a standard 9v battery in each of the units and the receiver also has provision for an earphone (supplied) or of course you can use your own set of cans (headphones). An adaptor plug is also supplied. The antenna on the receiver extends to around 15 centimetres.
Both units have a single switch for Off/Freq 1/ Freq 2.
In use, audio was very good and quite suitable for live interviews and the like. It would also be more than adequate for shooting say a monologue on stage with a camera on wide to take in the whole stage (think Stephen Fry or Billy Connolly).
Battery life is said to be 10 hours continuous.
Contact: GDB International - www.gdbint.com.au
We liked: Ease of use, value for money, audio quality
We didn't like: No volume control for headphones or level for mic
- Performance 8/10
- Documentation 7/10
- Features 8/10
- Setup 9/10
- Value for Money 10/10
- Help Functions. N/A
David Hague comes from a photographic family with both his father and older brother having been professional photographers. David's experiences include writing and directing the suite of training videotapes for Microsoft for Office and Windows, training tapes for Filemaker Pro and Autocad Lite and numerous TV commercials, documentaries and corporate videos. He was for 3 years the Managing Editor of Australian Video Camera Publications and is now publishing and editing AusCam magazine and PC Update. He has a bent for fishing and motor sport and is an unashamed Aussie who makes a killer Home Brew. David lives in the south west of Western Australia among the dolphins and pelicans of Mandurah, 45 minutes south of the capital, Perth.
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