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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Robbie Carman: Hi there I'm Robbie Carman. Rich Harrington: And I'm Rich Harrington. Robbie Carman: And welcome back to another installment of DSLR Video Tips. And Rich, this week we're talking about audio for interviews. Rich Harrington: Yeah, now we've discussed some of the basic parameters of working with microphones before. Robbie Carman: Mm-hm. Rich Harrington: But now we're going to put it all into context, and I'm really excited by this because we go out and we do a small crew. It's you, you're going to be, you know, doing the actual interview and I'm running camera and doing audio at the same time. Which is not the ideal situation, but it's one that, you know, we've said in past shows, oh, this isn't ideal.
And what we've heard loud and clear back is we understand it's not idea. Robbie Carman: But this is the reality of it, right. Exactly. Rich Harrington: So we said, all right. We're just going to put our money where our mouth is. We're going to go out there and one man bandit and walk you through it. And that's kind cool, right? We're going to go ahead and actually get things set up. We light the interview, we get the microphones placed. Robbie Carman: Right. Rich Harrington: Pretty straight foward stuff. And one of the things I think is critical, is we're going to go through making sure we have the right gear. So this included headphones for monitoring. Using the zoom recorder in this case, with two channels.
Also we had some safety. And then you actually go through some of the very specifics. So how to place the mic and get your subject comfortable, right? Robbie Carman: Yeah, I mean the thing at the end of the day Rich is that when you're going out in the field to record an interview, in a lot of situations, this is the only chance you're going to have to get this interview. And it's really kind of an awkward situation when you have to go. Hey I didn't get that there was some microphone rub can you repeat that? And often times you loose the sort of the moment. Nobody's ever going to say the same thing, the exact same way with the same emotive feel on it.
So getting audio set up for an interview, is one of those things that you need to spend a little extra time doing and getting right, because sometimes it might be your only chance to get it right. Rich Harrington: Yeah, and this works really well, Rob. I think you've got some great techniques. You also share some practical advice on how to engage your subject, how to ask the questions of them. So I think you guys are going to enjoy this week's episode. Let's jump out into the field and give you some practical advice on getting ready for that interview and how to record the best sound.
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