Shooting for documentary

raphaelgandara's picture
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Hey guys,

I'm shooting for a documentary and I'd like to know some tips about recording a person speaking as we can see in most of documentaries in the market.
They put the person talking to the interviewer and the camera in a side position, right?

What should I do to get the best quality for voice w/o noise and external sounds? Is it better to shooting in a inside room?

I have just a camera (GL-2). Should I shoot in FRAME option and than use Magic Studio to put like film quality or the inverse?

Sorry about some questions, but I'm a newbe in this subject.

Thanks.


TomScratch's picture
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Hi,

More choices for you!

Simple one camera setup:

Distance cam to subject, 5-10 feet

Set cam on tripod, cam at head height of subject

Manual focus, focus on eyeballs

Manual exposure preferred, but automatic should be O.K.

I prefer lavalier with unobtrusive cable over to cam. Will need unbalanced converter cable to connect from balanced XLR cable (from lavalier) into cam. If good cables are used, not cheap cheap but average, you should get clean audio with no interference worries. Test the audio level with headphones before you start.

Lighting doesnt have to be complicated. A single video light strategically aimed from a table can do wonders.

Interviewer sits to right or left of cam.

Ask the subject to include your question in the responses.

Looking forward to your doc!

REGARDS TOM 8)

raphaelgandara's picture
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Video-maniac Wrote:


As far as shooting in frame mode, if you're planning on showing this on a TV you don't want to use frame mode. You'll want to use regular interlaced mode. If you're planning on using this on the web only, then you could try using frame mode. You'll won't get very good results in trying for the film look by going the way you're talking about. Documentaries and movies are two somewhat different animals.

RAM



Shooting in frame mode is not good? For a mix (doc and movie).
I mean, for action shots, should I still capturing images using regular interlaced mode? I will use it on a TV etc. It is a DVD.
Thanks again,

Raphael

Endeavor's picture
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I have to disagree with video-maniac about frame mode. I love frame mode! It keeps your footage from looking like that "amateur camcorder-ish", TV news footage. I use it whenever I can.

raphaelgandara's picture
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So...

For my final product (people will buy the dvd and play in home tv, etc.) should I use Interlaced or Frame mode?

Thanks :)

Endeavor's picture
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compusolver Wrote:

Though broadcast signals are interlaced, it is my understanding that DVD players send non-interlaced signals to the TV/monitor. Therefore, I would think that avoiding interlacing should be helpful. But I don't have first-hand experience with it.


Yes, the tv is displaying it as interlaced but the look is very different. I personally like frame (progressive) mode better. Try them out!

raphaelgandara's picture
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Thanks guys.
Tomorrow I will start it.