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. Since we're not likely to be able to just turn off the wind, and fixing it it post can have mixed results, here's six tips to cut down wind noise on your mic.
Okay, we couldn't just leave the obvious out right? The real trick here is ensuring that you have a couple of proper windscreens for your mics. This is ideal, but the truth is, windscreens are easily misplaced or forgotten, and sometimes still not enough to cut out the wind.
If you're lucky enough to have a production van, or a big truck, park that thing in the perfect spot and it makes for a great wind blocker. The bigger the vehicle the better the result. Also, if you've got the right van, you can even shoot from inside with the doors wide open. Even if it means firing up a light, the improvement in audio will be well worth it.
Simply positioning your talent so their back faces the wind can do wonders to protect the mic. It may not be the background you initially intended, but viewers are sure to notice wind noise in the audio before they think about a better background choice.