Austin, TX (March 8, 2017)—For a project in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), an Austin-based filmmaking team has been producing a series of VR videos using Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment.
Director and camera operator Tyler Mann of MannMade Productions LLC was hired for the project, which documents the work of some of the best school teachers in the New Mexico public education system for TeachNM, a resource for educators and administrators in the state. Mann realized he would need a dedicated sound mixer for the VR project, hiring Patrick Wylie, owner and operator of RareFried Sound Services for the job.
Mann and Wylie typically have less than 20 minutes in which to get set up and rolling. Using a combination of transducers—a number of boundary microphones plus a mic suspended beneath the GoPro 360-degree camera, with a lavalier mic for the teacher and a wireless handheld also available—the pair can capture an accurate soundscape for subsequent post production mixing.
On one recent shoot, reports Wylie, “We had seven Lectrosonics SMQV transmitters going, plus one for the teacher and I was also using a plug-on transmitter, so we had nine wireless transmitters in total, which is a lot.” Receivers included a mix of Lectrosonics 411a, SRB and SRC models, he says.
“I was also utilizing the Lectrosonics RM remote control app and doing pre-set frequency coordination with another application. Just going in and knowing that I could rely on Lectrosonics and I was going to get everything I needed—that it was going to work without worry about things like wireless transition and drop-out, made it a lot easier to do. While it’s not live television, VR is basically the same, because there are no retakes and you can’t lose any information. Lectrosonics products were very helpful in that regard,” says Wylie.