Six Tips for Cutting Down Mic Wind Noise

So you've got the camera set up, your talent is miked up perfectly, and the shot looks stunning. Your audio guy (or perhaps you if you've got a small crew) slips on the headphones, and that's when he hears it. The windstorm that seems to be blowing a hurricane force wind directly into your mic. Since we're not likely to be able to just turn off the wind, and fixing it in post can have mixed results, here's six tips to cut down wind noise on your mic.

1. Windscreen

Okay, we couldn't just leave the obvious out right? The real trick here is ensuring that you have a couple of proper windscreens for your mics. This is ideal, but the truth is, windscreens are easily misplaced or forgotten, and sometimes still not enough to cut out the wind.

2. Vehicle

If you're lucky enough to have a production van, or a big truck, park that thing in the perfect spot and it makes for a great wind blocker. The bigger the vehicle the better the result. Also, if you've got the right van, you can even shoot from inside with the doors wide open. Even if it means firing up a light, the improvement in audio will be well worth it.

3. Talent Placement

Simply positioning your talent so their back faces the wind can do wonders to protect the mic. It may not be the background you initially intended, but viewers are sure to notice wind noise in the audio before they think about a better background choice.

4. Reflector

Reflectors have about a thousand uses, and wind blocker is high on the list. If you've ever had to hold a reflector in high wind, you know that they are basically like sails, and can be a bit tough to manage. The positive side of that is that it makes them great wind blockers.

5. Gaffers Tape

Okay, this may not be the first thing you'd want to try, but in a pinch, using gaffers tape to create a “bubble” around your mic can do the trick. You have to be careful and try to leave an opening so you won't get a muffled sound, but it does work!

6. Clothing

Honestly, this option can end up causing more headaches than it solves, but sometimes simply hiding the mic underneath a shirt or jacket can do the trick. The downside of course is that it increases the chances of picking up clothing rustle on the mic.

We all like perfectly calm days, with quiet backgrounds and perfectly placed mics for pristine audio. But the reality is we are often forced to make the best of a difficult shooting situation. Here's hoping these tips might get you better audio when the flags are waving fiercely

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Greg Olson
Greg Olson
Greg is a Media Production Specialist for Chico State University.

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