Modern technology is amazing. There are many peripherals that you can augment onto any one video source; so many that the possibilities appear endless. But the concern is that with each peripheral you choose to run, there are usually one or more extra wires that come with it. This can lead to a confusing jumble of small cabling cluttering up your production workflow and making it difficult for you to keep your applications straight. With the advent and advantage of wireless audio microphone systems, it meant new freedom for video talent to wirelessly move in front of the camera while maintaining a good visual reference for the camera operator. This naturally also led to the development of wireless adaptors that are ergonomically mounted onto professional cameras.
The ‘transmitter’ portion of the wireless audio system may be concealed in a body pack or within the capsule of a handheld microphone. Where wireless adaptors come in is in the ‘receiver’ part of the pack – which can be mounted on the back of a camera along with the camera battery and other peripherals. It’s at the camera location where adding wireless audio, and wireless adaptors to hold this sophisticated gear, should be carefully researched in order to maximize efficiency, weight and ergonomics. Factors such as the physical layout of the camera, the type of wireless audio system required (such as single or diversity channel types) and ease of mounting/dismantling (to work on other cameras) all come into play when deciding on how to adapt a wireless system and a wireless adaptor for field work.
There is a great and wide variety of wireless adaptors on the market including high-end, very flexible adaptors for professionals who need the best audio quality without hard wire connection to the microphone source. Today’s quality engineering, precise machine work and lightweight materials are now common elements evident in the many selections videographers have in the area of wireless adaptors.