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- November 8, 2007 at 3:16 AM #37134OKAL_EntParticipant
Ok, so I may in the near future have to film a group meeting, where everyone prefers to sit in a rather large circle (usually 12-15 people) and have a discussion about politics, etc. I don’t have clip on or external mics, and I’m using a 3CCD Camera with a built in Mic. I need advice on the best way to shoot this meeting, while keeping in mind my sound problems.
If there is any way you can place some sort of recorder in the middle perhaps, with a decent mic – that would help. No matter where the camera ends up, some portion of the audio will be difficult to hear. Maybe you can place the camera off to the side, capturing as many faces as possible, and have a wired mic in the center of the circle hooked up to the mic in jack on the camera. Just some random thoughts. Good luck!
A three quarter circle of people with a locked off camera occupying the fourth quarter will enable you to get everyone in. Then, even a couple of el cheapo omnidirectional mics hanging down from the ceiling (just out of frame) towards either side of the circle (left and right of the camera) would be better than relying on the built-in camera mics.
But if you can’t even get hold of el cheapo mics, try to record in as small a room as you can – this will help to bounce the audio toward the camera mics.
Define El Cheapo Omni Directional Mics. 😛
You could film a la “That 70’s Show” style – Just set up on a tripod in the center and swivel – You could actually do this with multiple cameras and have each shooter responsible for an arc to minimize panning delays. Also shoot some b-roll footage to hide the pans (or you can accentuate if that’s the effect you want).
Sorry, by el cheapo omni mic I just meant a cheap mic that picks up sound from all directions (omnidirectional), as opposed to one that needs the speaker to be directly in front of it (unidirectional).
Not ideal, I know, as the audio quality will be inferior, but even cheap mics closer to the speakers would probably give better audio than relying on the built-in mics. But as I said, a small room will help.
I was assuming you have one camera and no budget to spend on good audio equipment.