So ever since I started this YouTube channel and more importantly since I started doing a lot moreBehind-the-scenes content taking you along for every time we go film somethingThe question I get asked most often is what do we wear in our ears?What are the walkie-talkies that we're using or what are we using them for in the first place?And why do we always use them?you see it became pretty clear to me that a lot of people don't have great communication on aJob, whether it's at a weddingWhether it's on a commercial production a lot of small business owners a lot of weddingvideographers a lot of people that are kind of new into this business don't realize howIncredibly beneficial it is to have some form of communication on the job.
I know you're probably saying yourselfWell, we all have cell phones and I can text and I have an Apple watch and so I can text someone on thereThat's all really greatThe problem is all of those things take time and they take hoping that the person on the other side of the message actuallygets it and if you're someone like me who does a lot of wedding work and when you show up to aCeremony and you need to talk with your shooterabout something or about position or about make sure you grab this shot or make sure you get this or I get this there's aLot of communication that happens on a wedding day.
There's a lot of communication that happens on a commercial shootYou need something a little bit more reliable than a cell phoneso at 4lc Studioswe started usingwalkie-talkiesSince as early as I can remember when we started filming events because I was tired of trying to hope that during a weddingOr another shoot that my second shooter or assistant or whoever I was working withI was tired of them not actually getting text that I was trying to get to themSo I decided to go with walkie-talkiesThe first model I went with was from company called Midland Midland has been around for a long time and they areBasically the industry leader in terms of walkie-talkiesThey had the mostPopular two-way radios in the world and we started and they've been using for the last about 6 to 12 months the midland x talkerWalkie talkie.
This is a really nice small little radio as you can see very very small worksGreat, really everything we were looking for over the last 6 to 12 monthsbut recently we decided to actually upgrade so we actually upgraded to the midland GX t1000s the GX t 1000 is the most powerful two-way radio that you can buy from Lynde and we've beenCrazy impressed with it just over the short time.
We've already been using it.
Like I said coming from the ex talkerWe never had any issues with these walkie-talkies at allExcept when we were in some of the bigger cities or some bigger areas where we just needed a stronger rangewe never really have line of sight range and the type of work we're doing we're never like out in the middle of nowhere whereWe have 30 miles worth of range.
So even though these both say they can do over 30 miles of actual rangeWe know that that's not realistic for the type of environment that we work inwe work in a lot of big cities like Philadelphia in New York City and Jersey andAreas that we may be in the same location, but maybe a half mile awayMight be really hard for radios to get to so we wanted to upgrade to something that would give us a little bit strongerOf a signal and just be even more reliable than these already were so we contactedMidland and they told us to go with a GXT1000 and they have been phenomenal so farso what we use that we really love we've been using these since we started using the walkie talkies are basically the securitystyle headset, I believe they call them their surveillance headsets, but they're the ones that look like you're in the CIA andNumber one, they're super comfortable and you can wear them all dayI also like the fact that it kind of makes you look Secret Service because no one messes with youIt's just it's pretty sweet.
So we choose the users surveillance headsets because they're really really clean.
They look nice.
They look professionalNone of these cables are ever exposed when we're actually on a jobWe hide them in our shirt really cleanly and we like the fact that this is just readily accessibleyou can always hear somebody in your ear without anyone else here in theConversation that you're having and you can also just the click of a button just talked in the radio works really really wellAnd it's just always there being able to be in their ear the entire time and not hoping that they hear meBut they actually can hear me is incredible and one of the features we like about the GXT1000 is in the event that my second shooter or assistant takes this off every once in a whileSomeone will take it offMaybe they're having a conversation with somebody and it's just they want to kind of get out of their earOr maybe they go to the bathroom and they just naturally take it out.
Whatever it isThere are times that our shooter has takenIt off their ear and then kind of forgot that it was off their earAnd then what would have as I'd be calling them on the radio trying to get in touch with them?And naturally they wouldn't have it in their ear so they couldn't hear it.
And that doesn't work for me very wellso the GXT 1000 has what's called vibrate mode, which I love because if IPress the call button on the other radioThis radio will actually vibrate on their belt pack and then they would probably quickly realizeOh I don't have my earpiece in they'll put it in and then I can have a conversation with them in terms of battery life theseLast all day for us so they come with rechargeable packs inside that you can recharge which is no problem at allWe just charge them before any wedding or before any jobWe're gonna do it and we're usually on the job for 12 to 15Hours and they last no problemNow if we are on a job for 15 hoursAnd we were talking a ton on them all the time the battery toward the end of the nightSometimes will give a warning that we need to replace their batteriesThe good thing about these is even though they have the rechargeable unit in them if that goes deadYou can simply just pop off the back and put in double-a batteries, which we have tons of rechargeable batteries for soThat's a great optionYou're not limited to only being able to use the battery pack that comes with it, which is greatNow the ex talkerWhich is the other model that we used to use actually has a better battery life because it's a bigger batteryIt's also a lower powerWalking talkie.
So I believe it's two wall similar to five watts.
So naturally the less wattageIt uses the longer it'll last so these we never had a battery issue whatsoever.
They lasted all day 15 20 hoursWhere the time no problem at all, but a little less power overallIf you don't think that that's a big issue for you.
Then these may be great great option for youThe GXT 1000 gives you way more channels than the actual x talkerSo you definitely don't have to ever worry about interferenceYou can change channels for days and never run out of available channels for itso that's a big thing if you're in an area that is highly congested if you do a lot of work in big cities youObviously have to worry about a lot of other people with radios or whatever it isIf you're in a hotel, there's a lot of different radiosSo having the extra channels on this is really really goodOne thing to note about the GXT 1000 because a few of you have asked before this is the most powerfulTwo-way radio you can have by law.
So whether you know it or notThere are actually certain licenses required for certain power in certain areas and different things like thatThis requires no license whatsoeverand it is the most powerful you can have by law which is great to know because you may have not known that butGet them was powerful because why wouldn't Jeff but yeahWe've been using these walkie talkies for years and they are just incredibly convenient it blows my mindhow many people come up to me and ask what models we use or what we do with thewalkie-talkies in general and they've never used them before and they talk about the same thing all the time, which is thatOh, it's always hard for me to get in touch with my shooter or wellWe always use hand signals or we do text messages or we use our watch and believe meThere's nothing that's more convenient than when someone's in your ear and at the press of a button you instantly can talk to themwe recently had a shooter film a BTS for us for one of our weddings and they were blown away by how much communicationHappened throughout the day and it was all made possible because of these I would not have texted that muchI wouldn't have called that much but everything from where are you at now - where you headed -Have you set this up yet?Have you set this up - in the middle of a ceremony saying can you lock down a shot?I need to move my shot and just being able to communicate is hugeYou want to make sure that if you were doing video production?You are covering all your basesAnd the best way to cover your bases is to make sure you know what your other shooter is doing and having an assistant beingAble to be on the other side of these just incredibly incredibly convenientSo choose the walkie-talkie that works best for you whether you're choosing X talker or the GX t1000?I think they both be really good for what you're looking forIf you don't mind spending a few extra dollars get the G X T 1000 because it's just a stronger radioIt is a little bit biggerSo if you're worried about a little bit extra bulk, you can see that the antenna is about double the lengthSo it does stick up a little bit more from your belt backBut if that's not a huge issue, I always like to go with the most powerfulIt just gives you just a peace of mind that it's gonna work in any situation.
So thanks for watching.
Hopefully this was helpfulI will put links as always down below - exactly the models that I talked about the earpieces that I used all those thingsI highly highlysuggest you getyourself a set of walkie-talkiesby yourself for like I do then you have one for you you one for your second shooter and you always have two extra whetherIt's for an assistant or whether one goes dead on the day of or you drop one it breaks whatever it isJust have extras it's good to have backup because once you get used to using them, it really sucks if you don't.