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Unique Solutions for Video Production

30 May 2016

Customer comments on the Little DARling

Posted by Robert Rozak

This comes from a production company that has done work for PBS Nature:

When it comes to small crew vérité style documentary work the Little DARlings have been tremendous on many levels. Simply the fact I can place a mic on someone in the morning and let it run all day is tremendous. I don;t have to worry about poor transmission or battery failure that regularly occurs when using wireless mics. In addition I am able to gather natural and spontaneous remarks since the unit is always on regardless weather the camera is rolling. In situations when I am doing run and gun work getting those key sound bites is extremely important regardless weather the camera is rolling or not.

The fact that is recording two channels for each mic capturing both highs and lows makes a big difference when filming discreetly. One minute someone could be whispering and the next shouting, so having that protection is really valuable.

I generally have a reference mic for syncing so for the most part it has been working great. In my fantasy world I would love to have timecode, and would love to see that as an option for the future. I would be willing to pay more for a unit if it had such a feature, but not the price point of similar Zaxcom systems.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a bit of feedback since I have been using the units regularly over the past couple months.

Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

To answer the question regarding timecode, the Little DARling will never have timecode.  It's not a technical issue, but I'm not going to elaborate further.  For syncing multiple DARs and cameras, use the slate feature of the DAR124RX01.  For more details, please see the User Manual "DARlink Multi-Recorder and Multi-Camera Production Flow" section.