Rode Wireless GO preliminary findings

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My preliminary findings for the new Rode Wireless GO radio mic system are not very complimentary.

I bought this system from a shop in Glasgow so my findings are based on a unit that I own. There is always a possibility my unit is faulty.

Rode Filmaker Kit = £289 (4 years ago 2015)

Sennheiser AVX-MKE2 = £690 (2018)

Rode Wireless GO = £179 (2019)

During the video review I started to notice drop out from the Rode Wireless GO at about 40 meters and decided to do my own testing while walking with the receiver attached to my camera. It does not cope well while moving around after about 40 meters and can completely drop out at about 60 meters walking to come back at 70 meters as long as you stand still but can completely drop out without any rime or reason.

I did the same test with the older Rode filmmaker kit to discover it actually performed slightly better. Having had the older Rode Filmmaker kit since new I never had the chance to use the older Rode wireless system at any distance short of about 10 feet.

The Sennheiser AVX-MKE2 out performs both Rode wireless systems with no drop out even at 100 meters from the camera line of sight.

I decided to test all three systems inside my house running through 2 double plasterboard walls and a brick wall, total distance of 12 meters to find the following…

At 12 meters all three systems performed fine.

At 20 meters only the Rode Filmmaker kit worked and the Sennheiser AVX. The Rode Wireless GO was out the game.

Surprisingly at 40 meters the Rode Filmmaker kit still worked as did the Sennheiser.

This kind of tells you once again you get what you pay for the Sennheiser AVX system is three times the price of the Rode Wireless GO but works flawlessly over distances of 100 meters up to 140 meters.

The Wireless GO uses the SmartLav+ mic and a second cable (SC3) which I was not happy about, the more cables plugged into a mic system the more chance of introducing noise or problems. Another bad part of the Rode Wireless GO system is how bad it is in sunlight to see if the kit is switched on. The internal mic worked well but the wind shield kept falling off and it is far too bulky while sitting on someones jacket.

Is it a good step up from the Rode Filmmaker kit, only if size is a problem. I have pulled my video review meantime while I send my unit back as faulty or not. Seemingly others have had the same problem, you would think a company like Rode who produce good quality sound equipment would have decided to test these radio mics before taking them to market.

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DJI introducing ADS-B to all new drones.

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© Chris Attkins

Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS–B) is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations as a replacement for secondary surveillance radar, as no interrogation signal is needed from the ground. It can also be received by other aircraft to provide situational awareness and allow self-separation.

  • 1. DJI will install ADS-B receivers in all new drones above 250 grams
    2. DJI will develop a new automatic warning for drone pilots flying at extended distances.
    3. DJI will establish an internal Safety Standards Group to meet regulatory and customer expectations.
    4. Aviation industry groups must develop standards for reporting drone incidents.
    5. All drone manufacturers should install geofencing and remote identification.
    6. Governments must require remote identification
    7. Governments must require a user-friendly knowledge test for new drone pilots.
    8. Governments must clearly designate sensitive restriction areas
    9. Local authorities must be allowed to respond to drone threats that are clear and serious.
    10. Governments must increase enforcement of laws against unsafe drone operation.

You can view manned aircraft that currently have ADS-B using an app called FlightRadar24. It’s pretty cool to play around with but you will notice helicopters, private light aircraft and the military don’t use ADS-B. This extra technology will not protect the drone pilot against the aircraft that’s far more dangerous and probably closer to their altitude. I still think the military should be forced into using ADS-B only while on tactical training sorties in the UK.

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Interesting that DJI have entered this field of action cameras, thought not surprising as GoPro did bring out a drone called the Karma during October 2016.

This is DJIs response to the Karma hitting GoPro where it hurts most. I can’t quite see where this camera is much different from the Hero 7 apart from being £50 less and front screen.

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KitShow Glasgow starts today at 10.30am

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We can confirm the following kit being shown by CVP today at the KitShow at the Glasgow Science Centre starting at 10.30am

Sony Venice with Zeiss Supreme lens

PXW-FS5 Mkii

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Canon XF705

Canon EOS-R

Red Dragon-X kit

Zcam E2

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Coming soon…Reviewing all 3 radio mics the RODE Wireless GO, RODE filmmaker kit and the Sennheiser AVX-MKE2

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As I have all three radio mics I thought you might like a run-through of all the features and good and bad points of all three. This will be in the form of a video review at the end of this month.

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KitPlus Show coming back to Glasgow

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Eleven days to go until the KitPlus Shows for 2019 kicks off. Glasgow the 14th May (Pacific Quay, opposite BBC Scotland) in the Glasgow Science Centre.

Tue, 14 May 2019 starting at 10:30 – 16:30

Although unconfirmed you should see the latest kit from Panasonic, Sony, BlackMagic and many more.

AC Entertainment, AJA, Angelbird, Astera, Atomos, Axle, Bectu, 

Blackmagic Design, Bright Tangerine, Broadcast Bionics, Chroma-Q

Codex, CVP, Datavideo, Fujinon, G6 Moco, Glensound, Global Distribution

GTC, G-Technology, Hedbox, Holdan, IDT, IDX, Lacie, Laowa, Ledgo, Libec

Miller, M-logic, Panasonic, Promotion Hire, Quasar Science, RED, Roland

Shape, Sigma, Small HD, Sonnet, Sony, Telestream, Telos Alliance, Teradek

Tourflex Cabling, Vision Research

Simon Tillyer “In short we currently have three seminars, Alister Chapman (sensors and the right tool for the right job), David Chalmers, BBC Scotland (streaming), and David Rudeforth (Slomo filming).”

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RodeCaster Pro now saves multitrack files to micro SD card

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It took a while but out of the blue Rode updated its firmware to v1.2.0 finally allowing your podcasts to be saved as multitrack files onto the micro SD card .

This is a major step by Rode as you no longer have to worry about one of your guests being slightly on the low side as you can now crank it up in the edit.

The REC button now changes to green when in stop mode and flashes red during recording. You can also name your podcasts (thank goodness) and send them to your edit program.

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Drone’s for Transplants

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I just love stories like these, the proper use of drone technology.

Getting away from expensive helicopter rides to transport an organ from one hospital to another within a 3 mile radius.

This is certainly a far better use of a drone than delivery of parcels, Amazon wants to pursue.

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New firmware for the Panasonic S1 v1.1

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A new firmware has been sent out for the Panasonic S1

Improvements include

  • Improvement of accuracy in exposure during burst shooting.
  • Improvement of accuracy in flash sync performance.

Dont fall into the trap of including all the folders in the SD card or you will not be able to start the update.

You can get the FW here…

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The Panasonic S1 so far (FW v1.0) with response from Panasonic

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The first niggle is the way Panasonic have “redesigned” the way this camera opens the card door with a new lock lever. Its very unintuitive in its action and can be a pain to get your cards in and out compared to a GH5.

Panasonic “Regarding your point around the lock lever on the card door, this was redesigned further to feedback received on the G Series that over time the card door opened too easily and therefore could be opened by accident, exposing the cards. So, it was part of the improvements incorporated into S Series to ensure the camera was as durable as possible for the professional audience.”

I am using FW version 1.0 so far I am vey unhappy with the autofocus in a so called professional flagship camera. There were times during my photo shoot with Grace that I had to switch to manual to get focus as the lens 24-105 f4 S lens would not focus on my subject.

This is very serious in my opinion as it took many firmwares to get the GH5 to autofocus with more accuracy. You would think Panasonic would get this right out of the box as so much is riding on it.

Panasonic “The autofocus should certainly not have the issues you describe where it is unable to focus on a subject – especially portraiture style photography which is one of the strong focuses for the S Series cameras.

Once again Panasonic screw up with useless information when I look online at their “REGISTER NOW” to allow me to register the camera the link comes to an abrupt end, the very same thing happened with the GH5 initially.

I never understand how companies never check this information. PS I have since discovered its

Thanks for bringing the broken link to my attention. I personally wasn’t aware of this and agree with you that it is disappointing that it wasn’t checked before going live – most likely issues coordinating sites globally unfortunately! I’ve raised this as a priority internally and have been assured it has been picked up with our developers.

Video record file formats are also restricting in the S1 with a choice of AVCHD giving you full frame recording at 28Mbps HD only or MP4 restricting you to APS-C in 4K 50p or full frame at 4K 25p. In APS-C you don’t get a full frame 24mm picture as it punches in on the frame.

Richard Payne “It’s processing power I am afraid, you have to spend mega bucks on an Alexa or a Venice to get full frame 4K 50p at the moment.

Using the DMW-XLR1unit allows you to have various qualities like 96kHz/24bit, 48kHz/24bit or 48kHz/16bit on the GH5 but sadly on the S1 its on or off. (The Panasonic manual has it set at 48kHz/16bit).

Panasonic “The S1 is limited in terms of audio recording with the XLR1 at this time, but I will keep you updated if I am informed that this will be improved in the future.”

With some added softness from Luminar

As a photographic tool the Panasonic S1 produces great pictures out of the camera as for a video tool I am still assessing.

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