If you've ever considered connecting a wireless microphone to your video camera, the thought may have crossed your mind that it wouldn't hurt to have more than one mic. Attaching multiple wireless microphones to a video camera can be a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. This guide was created to show you the ins and outs of using these systems successfully with your video camera.
The focus of this article is about using multiple wireless systems on a video camera; however, the same basic information can be applied to using multiple wired microphones with a video camera, such as handheld, shotgun, and clip-on lavalier mics.
Step One: Inspect Your Camera
The first thing you need to establish is whether your camera has more than one microphone input. Medium and larger-sized prosumer video cameras often feature two XLR inputs that look like this:
|If your camera has two XLR inputs, you're ready to pick out which kind of wireless systems to use for your camera.
Many smaller camcorders often feature only a single mini-plug microphone input. If your camera has a single mini-plug microphone input, you are going to need a device that will allow you to plug in two separate microphones. These devices are called Camcorder XLR Adapters. You can learn all about Camcorder XLR Adapters by reading this B&H article or watching this B&H Educational Video. Some cameras don't have any microphone input at all. If your video camera doesn't have any microphone inputs, unfortunately there is no way for you to plug in external microphones.
Step Two: Choose Your Wireless System
Next you have to decide what kind of wireless microphone system to use. Wireless clip-on lavalier systems are a frequent and popular choice for use in video, but you may want to consider a pair of handheld systems. You could also get a couple of combo systems, which include a lavalier and a plug-on transmitter. Whichever way you go, you will need to buy two systems. The only time this is not the case is if you choose to use a dual-channel system, which features a single wireless receiver that can mount to your camera and accepts the signal from two separate wireless transmitters.
The most inexpensive dual-channel portable wireless system is a VHF series made by Azden. The components of this system are sold separately. They are manufactured in two separate frequency groups, so you have to be careful to buy transmitters that match the frequency range of the receivers. To simplify the process of configuring one of these systems, we grouped the proper components together in the links below:
WR22-Pro Receiver and beltpack transmitter and clip-on microphone or handheld mic in the 169.445 170.245 MHz frequency range
WR22-Pro Receiver and beltpack transmitter and clip-on microphone or handheld mic in the 171.105 171.845 MHz frequency range