Extreme low angle shot from Citizen Kane.
Dialogue is an excellent narrative tool, but beyond moving the plot forward, a well-shot dialogue scene can dramatically impact tone, character development and audience feeling.
Lugging around the right gear is important for capturing great sound, but sometimes you need to take a break.
There’s no such thing as a universal microphone. Your best choice will necessarily vary according to each specific situation.
It’s important to understand how a compressor and limiter works.
Field audio case with field mixer, mic, audio recorder and headphones.
How much did you spend on your perfect audio kit? What audio kit, you ask? For some reason, many video creators treat the audio portion of their productions like a distant cousin. Talk on blogs and forums is all about pixels, sensor size, codecs and bitrates. There is little,...
For hidden lav mic placement
Lavalier microphones are a trusted stand-by in the gear bag of any video producer. The small size and clear vocal reproduction of a quality lav mic makes it ideal for placing on on-screen talent. In studio situations, a lav mic is most typically clipped to the talent's clothing, either...
Whether you’re shooting with a DSLR with sub par audio controls or you need more inputs than your camcorder has, a field mixer can help expand your audio possibilities and get you better quality audio.
Shot of a young woman putting a shotgun mic into a boom holder.
Watch any behind-the-scenes bonus feature or documentary and you will likely see a boom microphone or boom mic. In fact, you’ll see boom mics on the set of any television drama, reality show and even game shows. They’re standard gear in motion pictures, documentaries and virtually any visual production...
A wedding in a church
Wedding video is back! Only this time, the production value is much higher. In the past, wedding videos were simply a camera on a tripod at the back of the venue. Today’s wedding videos are called “trailers” and look very much like the movie trailers they’re named for. With...
Shotgun microphones are great. They’re portable, directional and easy to use in a variety of situations. But sometimes, it’s not the best—or only—option. If you don’t have a shotgun mic at your disposal or just prefer not to use one, it’s a good idea to explore the alternatives.
A man wearing a microphone and holding a mobile phone with an audio software program in the interface.
Smartphones and tablets didn’t matter to the masses until just a few years ago, and now they’re everywhere. Mobile devices have become our go-to choice for obvious reasons. A small, portable, connected gadget is pretty handy for a media producer on the move. And now - with some adapters...