Sennheiser Launches New Ambeo Smart Headset Contest

February 7th, 2019
Sennheiser Launches New Ambeo Smart Headset Contest

Sennheiser is running a fun new contest where you can win €10K in Sennheiser products by making a film with binaural audio.

Lights, smartphone, Ambeo Smart Headset, Action. We don’t normally highlight contests like this, but it’s not often audio is given the spotlight, and not just any audio, but immersive binaural audio. This is a particularly interesting move by Sennheiser to promote not only the headset, but the idea of making immersive audio a key driver of how a story is told.

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset Makes Recording Binaural Audio Easy

We often get caught up in cameras, lenses and post, and forget that sound is a huge factor in any production. Binaural audio has been around for some time, but it’s never been particularly easy or straightforward. The Ambeo Smart Headset changes that, as it make recording high quality true binaural spatial audio as easy as wearing headphones. I have the Ambeo Smart Headset and used it extensively last summer to record ambient sound in Greece for a travel video. It’s one of my favourite bits of kit, there’s no easier way to capture high quality spatial ambience and natural sound of a location.

Take a look at the film Final Stop, which Sennheiser have linked to as an example. Make sure you listen with headphones to get the immersive experience.

Now you have the chance to give it a try by submitting a one page rough storyboard for a short project where you plan to make sound a key component in telling the story. The first 300 submissions will get a Ambeo Smart Headset to create their film.

After the films are made and uploaded, people will vote for their favourite.

You can submit your one page storyboard and see more details of the contest on the Sennheiser website.

Tips for Making a 3D Audio Film

  • Have a storyboard in mind.
  • Plan the sound moments and how they effect the story.
  • Think in all dimensions.
  • Use production apps like the ‎FiLMiC Pro app.
  • Pan your camera and your head at the same time.

Have you already used the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Paul Szilard
MemberFebruary 8th, 2019

This is freaking amazing. The Final Stop movie just freaked me out too. But the mic/headsets are great!

 Rab C
Rab C
MemberFebruary 9th, 2019

I’ve always enjoyed the site, but I’ve registered just to ask you to take this down, Richard. This is a really bad competition for creatives, and one I really, really don’t think C5D should be promoting. Just to be clear, the T&Cs make it clear that:

i) [minor issue] the “up to 300” pairs of headphones (i.e. who knows how many in reality?) are loaner – you need to be able to send it back completely unmarked, in packaging, after making a film with it, in April.

ii) [MAJOR issue] “By sharing the link or sending the film via email the entrant grants the Organizer the exclusive, transferable, and irrevocable right to use the uploaded Film free of charge, along with sound and accompanying comments and descriptions, including for marketing purposes, and in particular to copy it, edit it, make derivative works, and to publish it free from temporal or geographical restrictions. The entrant also grants the Organizer the right to delete the Film, at Organizer’s sole discretion”

In other words, EVERY SINGLE ENTERED FILM, whether it wins, ranks, gets votes, or is even deleted by the organiser, belongs in all rights commercial and derivative, to Sennheiser. If they like the idea, they can resell it, remake it, re-edit it into an ad for another company or product, turn it into a novel, album, novelty tie-tattoo-and-tshirt-line or entire cinematic universe, in every country or region in the known universe, for ever and not give the originators a single cent, or attributive credit, or even a say-so on whether or how it happens. The actors who appear can find their faces used to advertise some unknown product or cause without further permission. The soundtrack can be reused or resold. The whole lot could even be broken down into nice individual shots and uploaded to stock footage sites, all under Sennheiser’s name, without even acknowledging your name, and you have to say you’d be OK with all this, just to enter.

Every entry, not just winners. Just for a *chance* of being selected, and given some gear.

Not even a guarantee of that terrible modern plague of modern creative life, the “promise of exposure”. Just what Sennheiser says is 10k Euro’s worth of their gear.

I’m sure that’s not a deal you would want to encourage ANY creative into, is it?

 Rab C
Rab C
MemberFebruary 9th, 2019

Oh, and even if you don’t win,or get any votes, or if you immediately get deleted without explanation, YOU can’t do ANY of these things with your own work, or sell it, or enter it anywhere else, or turn it into a feature film. Because the rights you gave them are exclusive. YAY!!

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