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- June 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM #67782BwsabParticipant
Iâ€™m prepping my first wedding shoot, and I canâ€™t figure out the best way to record the audio.
1) Will the on camera mics capture good sound for the ceremony? (Specifically from the EX1 and a RODE VideoMic.)
2) Should I put a lav on the groom? If I did, would that lav also capture the bride? (I donâ€™t want to try to figure out how to lav a bride.)
3) Would it be better to hide a mic somewhere around the ceremony where it wouldnâ€™t be noticed?
Thank you all so much,
Personally, I prefer Lav mic and a shotgun mic. I usually have at least two camcorders. I regularly mix the two audio tracks, depending on what’s transpiring…
Eons ago, before camcorders, I was asked to ( audio ) record a couple weddings. I found that by planting a wireless lav on the preacher ( priest, officiate, whatever ) somewhere around the solar plexus did a pretty good job of picking up the bride and groom also. One advantage is that the preacher is more " available " when you need to retrieve your mic. A stereo pair ( perhaps one each side of the main aisle, front row of pews ) is also needed to be able to hear a sense of space and pick up the organ if there is one. Of course, musical groups or soloists need to be considered. For the reception, you'll be in " news reporter " mode, staying mobile; and so, a good shotgun mic mounted on the camera is necessary.
Personally I think it's a job for a lav. If the official has a book held infront of him, clip it there. The bride's bouquet has been used. Mic the quietest voice (not always the bride!) For the Rode mic to be effective you'll have to be close between the bride and groom and the guests and especially in front of the photgrapher which won't sit well. The lav doesn't have to be wireless, it could go direct to a little recorder like the resonably priced Zoom H2 (which you can put in wedding officals pocket). Excellent sound will make all the difference in the world to the finished product and customer satisfaction – don't under estimate it. If you are looking at doing Weddings as a business then further business will be based on this and subsequent jobs. I think fellow forum contributor Earl once wrote he put (hid) H2's all over the place, on podiums, in flower arrangements…etc.
The last wedding we did we had a Lav on the groom to one camera,, a zoom recorder connected to be sound system. A zoom hidden on the alter area plus on camera mic on 2 More cameras. Ended up using 3 of the audio sources.
Bwsab, I agree with the other posters. Using a lav works well. I mic the groom with a omni-directional lav and put a Zoom H2 in his pocket. I start it recording close to the start of the ceremony (don't trust the groom to press start), make sure that you plug in earphones to test the pickup of the location of the lav before you hide the wire and tuck the recorder out of sight. I have found that this picks up the groom and the bride well.I think if you mic the minister you might miss some interesting audio between the couple as they approach the alter, light unity candle, exiting, etc. Others on this site have suggested some good brands of wireless lav setups, this will save you the trouble of syncing in post but costs more money. I use a omni lav from Radio Shack (~$30.00) plugged into the H2 and get good results. Keep shooting.