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- November 3, 2008 at 4:33 PM #37406
I’m going to be doing a video shoot involving a forum setting. There will be a panel of people and an audience asking questions.
I need to know how to best do this at the BEST quality level.
I suspect I’ll be needing 2 cameras so I’m not swinging from panel to audience, to panel and so on.
How do I shoot and capture all the audio, IE: The speakers, the questions and answers?
Thanks > Tony
First question is what is your budget?
And what sound equipment do you already have?
First question is what is your budget? And what sound equipment do you already have?
I was told to do it right and spare no expense. However, I’m sure there is a budget. Let’s say, middle of the pack.
I have NO audio equipment.
I have a Panasonic PS300 or something like that. 3ccd lens etc….
How about something like this? Or should I get a cordless mic?
I’m assuming that this will be edited in an NLE and the speakers will be sitting down…..
It sounds like you’re going to need a mixer with a good number of channels. For example, if you have 4 speakers and a large audience, you definitely need one channeldesignatedfor each speakers, and one or two channels for the audience. I suggest having a lavalier mic on each speaker and 2 hand held mics that can be passed around in the audience. If the audience isn’t too large, one hand held mic will probably be effiencent.
If you embrace this method, youdefinitelyneed someone to operate the mixer, which shouldn’t be too hard. Before the shoot, set the levels for each mic–speakers and audience. During the shoot, the speakers’ mic levels should stay the same, but the audience’s mic levels may change depending on how close they hold the mic to their mouth. That’s where the audio tech comes in. That person will have to monitor their levels as well as mute channels that aren’t being used at the moment.
Then you go out of the mixer and into a camera, but I don’t know how to get more than 2 individual channels. I’ve never don’t that before. I pretty sure you can’t get more than 2 on tape. You may want to look that up. Maybe hook the mixer up to a digital recorder and a camera. Then you can use the audio from the camera to reference while you use the audio from the digital recorder for the final edit.
Thanks for the info thus far.
I will be using FinalCut studio for editing the video, and the audio will be edited using SoundTrackPro. I might be getting the Adobe suite instead, not sure yet….
What if I have someone wondering around with a mic on a boom. How’s this sound (no pun intended)? Wireless Mic?
I kind of understand what you are suggesting, but I don’t like the idea of recording the audio trough the speaker, will that come out sounding ok?
You do bring up a good point, I need to figure out how to capture the audio while having it play over speakers for all to hear. Hmmmm. Can you tell I’m a newbe? I’m a self taught person, have been all my life, so I’m enjoying this research and I’m looking forward to working on this.