So you've got the camera set up, your talent is miked up perfectly, and the shot looks stunning. Your audio guy (or perhaps you if you've got a small crew) slips on the headphones, and that's when he hears it. The windstorm that seems to be blowing a hurricane force wind directly into your mic.
Here’s the scenario: You recently replied to an audio gig posted on craigslist. It’s set to shoot next Tuesday and the producers just hired you. In your email information packet, they list three locations and the addresses. One is indoors, one is an urban downtown setting and the last is on a wooded walking trail just outside of town. A quick look at Google Maps verifies the locations and now you’re wondering what challenges each will bring, and how to deliver the very best quality audio. You need to do a location scout, only this time it’s for audio.
How many times have you heard video producers complain about their love-hate relationship with the new DSLR shooting and workflow? Yes, using a DSLR gives you the chance to swap lenses and capture great depth-of-field shots, but then you have to deal with the one big issue that traditional camcorders have addressed for decades: capturing good clean audio. BeachTEK has a solution.
Innovation and iOS are words that are often seen together, but now add RØDE to this list with the release of smarLav. It’s a lapel microphone that makes it easy to record to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via the headphone jack.
The EMK4071 ENG/EFP microphone kit exudes its manufacturer’s characteristic quality. DPA has put together a complete kit, including a lavalier microphone and necessary accessories that are perfect for electronic news gathering and electronic field production applications.
It can be a distraction for knowing what you need versus what a large production company with unlimited resources might need. So this list will give you a nice lean collection of the minimums to capture professional quality sound for your projects. Note: This assumes that you are aware of cables, media cards, card readers or any other devices to transfer the data to your editing system.
This list of 7 items that everyone should have in their audio toolkit, plus, as a bonus, a couple extra audio tools that aren't necessary but can make your life much easier.