I’M SCARED OF WIRELESS VIDEO TOOLS!! (This Is What I Use Anyway 🤷‍♂️)

– I have a love/hate relationship
with wireless technology. (suspenseful music) – [Automated Female
Voice] Bluetooth pairing. Bluetooth pairing. I love you, Dunna. – [Creepy Demon Voice] I love you, Dunna. – What the f– (laid back techno music)
(camera shutters) I’m an audio engineer, so, in my studio, just like every studio I’ve ever been in, we appreciate the safety and
comfort of a secure connection, between a cable and the port
that you’re plugging it into. (exhaling) Yes! And, while cables can stop working, and connection issues can exist, they’re less likely and
much more easily fixed than when you’re using
a wireless connection. Now, I’m not trying to scare
anyone away from wireless, I use wireless devices, and
I love the freedom of them, but I thought I should
just get it out of the way that I have a slight
distrust for certain aspects of the wireless world. That being said, today we’re gonna be
taking a quick look at three wireless products
that I’ve been using, in my videos, lately. Two of them are wireless
microphone solutions, and one is a wireless video solution. And that is not including my possessed Sony wireless headphones, which are absolutely my
favorite headphones of all-time, but I didn’t think
really fit in this video. Link’s in the description. Okay, first of all, let’s talk audio. Wireless audio makes me extremely nervous about dropouts and interference. Especially when I’m filming myself, and I can’t be monitoring, to make sure that things
are going all right. Unless you want me to look
like this, in my videos. What is up, people? Dunna, here. And, today, I’m gonna have to stand really close to the camera, because my cable’s only so long. But, sometimes the best
way to get the job done is using a wireless
transmitter and receiver combo, instead of running a cable. For example, sometimes you wanna be far away from the camera,
and still be audible. Is it okay if you just stay over there? Just feelin’ a little
sensitive, right now. Thanks. Or you might need to move around a lot, and you might not necessarily
have a boom operator to follow you. I asked you to stay over there. Why are you following me?
(feet shuffling) So, for those times, I
personally have two systems that I use. And there are a lot of options out there, so I’m not necessarily
saying these are the best, but they’re the ones that I
currently have, and I like them. The first of those options
is the Deity Connect. The Deity Connect is a killer
value, for what you get. In the box, you get a
fantastic carrying case, two transmitters that pair
with a single receiver, two lav mics, and all the
accessory connection cables and bits and pieces that you might need. This system is perfect for
things like interview settings, where you might need multiple inputs. For example, I did a video with Becki, from Becki and Chris,
where we used this system, and it worked great. This guy’s got boom-y voices. – Yeah, they just moved
a lot closer to us. What a bunch of (beep) (beep), don’t they know we’re
filming video over here? – And they’re always crouching. – It’s like a power move.
– I think so, yeah. Power stance. – You have to crouch, you get a good leg burn. Wow, a butterfly, ooh, Jesus!
– Hey, that’s a butterfly! (laughing) – Okay, that was a little
too close, for comfort. – The Deity system has a lot
of power and flexibility. You can control the settings, from the transmitters, themselves, or directly from the receiver, if you’re just running the camera and not hopping in front of it. If you’re only using one
of the output channels, to go to a camera, you
can use the other output to monitor audio, with
headphones, which is super handy. And you can change the way
the outputs are configured, depending on what kind
of setup you’re using. Because I pretty much
exclusively use this, plugged into my camera, they have a DSLR setting,
that I use most of the time. But, if you’re gonna use it
with another recording system, it comes with everything
that you need for that, too. When using two microphones,
they’re separated into the right and left channel, so you can still mix
them separately, in post, by separating the stereo audio file, that you get from your camera, into two mono audio files, in your editor. Both the transmitters and
receivers have screens on them, so that you can get through the menu, to set things up nice and easy. I have run into some
areas of interference, and a couple of dropouts, here and there, but, overall, I’ve been very happy with how the system has performed. This kind of issue is basically inherent in any wireless system,
hence my apprehension mention at the beginning. The only reason that I choose not to use this system sometimes, is
because it’s actually a bit overkill for certain situations. It’s a dual receiver, so
it’s a bit bigger than some other systems out there. And, sometimes, you just
don’t need all that function, and all that power. For example, the other system that I use is the Azden PRO-XR. And the biggest difference
between this system, and the Deity system, is
that this one has very few bells and whistles. It’s small, it’s simple, and it works, making it perfect for some
people who don’t need or want the flexibility, or
control that the Deity has. This is a single receiver
and transmitter pack, that comes with a lav mic, and
all the cables you’ll need. To be honest, I like the sound
of the Deity lav mic better, so I typically use that one,
plugged into this system, but you can use any typical
lav mic with either system. This is a test of the Deity Connect. And I have to remember
that I don’t have to yell, even though the camera
is far away from me. This is a test of the Azden PRO-XR, and something funny to say, (sucking lip in thought) Nope, I got nothin’. Again, I’ve been quite happy with the connection that I get, with this, its been pretty solid,
for me, for the most part, and, again, it’s just small and simple. The Azden system has a headphone out, so, if your camera doesn’t,
you can still monitor your audio, from the receiver. So those are the two
wireless audio systems that I’m currently bouncing between, depending on the situation. ‘But, Dunna, what we you
were you saying about ‘wireless video monitoring?’ Oh, yeah, thanks for reminding me, Steve. Recently, a company called
Hollyland reached out to me, to try their MARS 400S wireless
video transmission system. And it’s actually remarkably similar to the wireless audio systems. You plug in your camera,
HDMI, or SDI output to the transmitter, and then
you plug in the receiver to your monitor, and voila, you have a monitor that isn’t
connected to your camera. Now, there were a couple of things that I was pretty impressed
and surprised with, about this system. First of all, the units
themselves are very small, and very straightforward. They use Sony NPF-style batteries and, the first time I used them, I slapped some batteries
on them, turned them on, and they just worked. No setup, or anything,
they just paired together, and away we went. The other thing that really impressed me was the speed of the transmission. There’s very little delay,
compared to what I was expecting from a system like this. I figured that it would
probably be useful for framing, and then you probably wanna turn it off, but it was actually quite useful for me, while I was recording the shots, where I needed to monitor a top-down view, and move things in and out of the frame. There was only really one issue that I had with the Hollyland MARS
400S, and that is the noise. Both the transmitter and receiver seemed to have fans in them, that kick in as soon as you turn them on, and they’re not super quiet. The transmitter mounted on
the camera wasn’t an issue, for me, because the camera
was always a ways away, but the receiver was pretty close to me, which is where my microphone is pointing, so I had to be pretty careful about that. But nobody seemed to notice,
and they didn’t say anything, so, I guess it’s definitely workable. Overall, I definitely
suggest the MARS 400S if you want something
like this, for your setup. As always, links for the
products I talked about will be down in the description, as well as all my other gear. And I wanna hear from you guys, what do you guys think about wireless? Are you as scared of it as I am? And let me know what systems you’re using, for audio and wireless video transmission. And, on your way down to the comments, make sure to hit that ‘like’
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don’t miss all the new videos that I’m putting out. Thank you so much, for watching, and I’ll see you next time. (laid back techno music)