June 2, 2016 at 4:01PM

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Experience With The Rode Rodelink Filmmaker Kit

Has anyone here at NFS had any experience with the Rode Rodelink Filmmaker Kit? I've been looking for a decent quality wireless lav to pick up dialog in wide shots. The Rodelink kit is right in the ballpark of my price range for a wireless lav and I've read/watched multiple good reviews on the system. I've also been looking into the Sennheiser G3 series, but those are really the maximum I would spend on a wireless lav at the moment since I am still in film school.

If anyone else has a suggestion for a better system at around the same price I'd love to hear about those as well. Thank you to everyone in advance!

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I've been using one since they came out The negatives is that the lav itself is definitely not as robust as the sennheiser ones, and the camera and belt packs are much bulkier. But they are the easiest things in the world to use as they don't run on radio frequencies, they are digital so they will link themselves up. Also despite the hefty price I've always had interference in some form or another with the sennheisers just because of their UHF nature, there are radio signals bouncing around everywhere. So for general all round use you could do a lot worse than the Rode. They may not last a lifetime in build quality, but are much easier to use and sound pretty close.

Also, you have to register a sennheiser with a UHF license which can cause problems if you're using abroad. I don't know the ins and outs of this but I don't have to worry about that with the Rode.

June 3, 2016 at 5:38AM

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Liam Martin
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Thanks Liam! I've been seeing lots of good things about this wireless setup so I think I might invest in one soon. I guess I could always just buy a different mic since it only connects with a 3.5mm screw connector.

Jon Cibella

June 4, 2016 at 1:47PM

I agree with what Liam said. They are the best value right now, if you go cheaper you can tell, if you go more expensive most people won't hear a difference.

They also provide great service. The first Lav would cut in and out if the wire was bent the wrong way. I contacted Rode and two days latter I had a brand new Lav in my mail box, no charge, no need to exchange.

June 8, 2016 at 12:06AM

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Thanks Josh! I think I'm going to invest in one and see how it works for me. It's good to hear that Rode's customer service is wiling to send out new parts so fast for customers.

Jon Cibella

June 9, 2016 at 3:10PM, Edited June 9, 3:10PM

I used the Sennheiser Evolution mics with wireless transmitter, but recently ended up switching to the little darling recorders from juiced link and keeping the mics instead.with the little dar the recorder is built in so it doesnt use wireless frequiences which is perfect in my case since it seems like lately i have been getting more interference from wireless frequencies.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1043553-REG/juicedlink_dar122_litt...

June 8, 2016 at 9:40AM

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Mark K.
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Thanks for the reply Mark! If the Rodelink kit doesn't pan out as I hope it will, I'll give the Little Darling a try and see how it works. I've never used anything from JuicedLink before but I've heard great things about all of their products. It just scares me that I wouldn't be able to have my sound guy monitor the audio, but I'm optimistic about it! Thanks again!

Jon Cibella

June 9, 2016 at 3:16PM

Or you can go for a zacom kit, you get both wireless and recording. It's just a bit more expensive :D

AvdS

June 10, 2016 at 5:53AM, Edited June 10, 5:53AM

I've just bought the rodelink so I can't say if they will last long in time but I have to say that they are the easiest wireless mic I've used. Sound quality wise it's very clean and very good. Tastwise I'm not a big fan of the sound that comes out of the provided lav but with a little eq adjustment it's fine. You can also use most lav that are dedicated for wireless with mini jack connector.
I've used a lot of wireless mic since years and I'm very happy of the rodelink. I definitly recommend it.

June 10, 2016 at 5:50AM, Edited June 10, 5:50AM

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AvdS
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Thanks AvdS! I'll be buying one later this month and hopefully it works out well for me!

Jon Cibella

June 10, 2016 at 4:17PM

I've had one for a few months and am quite happy with it how it performs. If you're using it in some capacity during event shooting just be aware that you could find yourself being bounced off the wireless channel. I was shooting one particular event where they were using a wireless mic and speaker system made by Rode where that happened. My reciever did not auto switch channels, but after a quick reboot, the kit switched to channel 2 and all was well. I did have an second mic recording, so I was covered, but now if I'm at an event where other wireless devices may be present I just make sure I'm not on channel 1 to be safe. So far so good. Just something to be aware of, especially if the lav is going to be your only source of audio.

June 12, 2016 at 8:12PM, Edited June 12, 8:13PM

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Tom Cain
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Good to know, thanks

AvdS

June 13, 2016 at 3:01PM

Thanks for the insight, Gerry! Always something to think about.

Jon Cibella

June 13, 2016 at 8:54PM, Edited June 13, 8:54PM

For the price and quality it is beneficial to go for the Rode Rodelink Filmmakers Kit. I almost contemplated purchasing the Sennheiser, but I realized the money could be used more wisely elsewhere in my audio kit.
That being said; I do prefer to not use Wireless Lavs whenever possible. Dialogue does not sound as great to me personally as it does coming from a shotgun microphone.

June 18, 2016 at 2:30AM, Edited June 18, 2:30AM

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Kenzie Vanessa
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