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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.
Now Rich, I think a lot of visual people, people who run cameras, who are editors, that kind of stuff, they I don't want to say always but a lot of- >> Often. >> Often. >> Frequently. >> Most of the time. >> More often than not. >> Forget about sound. Right? And it just happens. And when we're on site doing a scout, I actually think sound is a really important thing to to get. Now after all we're going to take pictures of the room. >> Yeah. >> We're going to figure out where power is. We're going to discuss lighting, which we'll do at a later week. But my thing is, what about the environment? Like you know, is it noisy? What is the ambient sound like? And there's actually a cool app that you have that will sort of let us sort of record some of that out in the field for scouting purposes.
>> Well, there's tons of audio apps available. Your phone probably has a built-in audio recorder. I like using Pro Audio to go. There's others out there. Twisted Wav, others. I'd rather compress a, I should say, I'd rather record a less compressed file format so I can listen to a wav file or an af file and really judge it. But the idea is, is capture the sound. >> Right. >> Now you can use your phones built in mic or, folks like blue microphone, might be able to use those. They make mics that'll attach to the bottom port, which you can use as well. It's got sensitivity. And essentially, you just want to record some sound in the environment.
Now, about how much room tone do you usually record? >> I usually record 30 seconds to a minute. Maybe a minute to two minutes depending on what it is. And now, for example if I'm in an environment that has mixed audio, like maybe there's a PC kicking on, or where we are here, maybe there's heavy traffic and then there's a lull. I might record more. The thing about room tone, and trust me audio mixers and sound designers will always tell you this, More is better. Right? So having. >> Yeah. >> A minute or two of it, or, well, at least 30 seconds is, is a good thing. >> So what I typically will do is roam around the location and record some reference sound from that location.
So I can go back to the studio, close my eyes, sit in my edit suite where it's nice and quiet and listen to the sound. So we've got this plugin. >> Yup. >> I'll do an audio slate so I know what it is. And then we're going to stand here for 30 seconds, and we'll just fill the time randomly as we wait. >> All right. >> The important thing is, nobody talks. >> We'll do this the old fashioned way with our our hands as the marker. Okay? >> All right. >> Here you go. So we're going to be baseball field. >> Home plate. >> Home plate, take one. Mark. >> And stop. Well that was a long 30 seconds. >> Yeah. Now, the point is that you want to get that environment, you know, sort of recorded. Now here's one thing I will say that's really kind of interesting to keep in mind is that outdoors of course it's, it's important to get, but it's varied.
You're not going to have a lot of control outside, outdoor sound all the time. >> Yeah. >> Where I find this particularly useful is when we go into indoor environments. Things like interviews, recording somebody in a maybe a old house or something. A different sound of that room. That's the stuff that I always want to get recorded when I'm scouting a location, because I want to be able to figure out hey can I do noise reduction on this? >> Yeah. >> Can I do EQ on this to fix the sort of reflections in this room. That kind of stuff. Outside it's going to be a little bit more challenging, but still I think you get a feel for it. >> Hey there's a lot of noise. >> Yeah. >> You know bird sounds or some traffic.
>> We're near where, Reagan National Airport. I can hear airplanes all the time. I mean, the thing is even if it is outdoors, if you go in a time similar. >> Yeah. >> To the time you're going to shoot, you know, you don't want to go to locations scout it at 2:00 in the afternoon and if you're going to be shooting at 5 o'clock at night. >> Right. >> With rush hour traffic. So, this is all sort of going to play out. Just give you more information. >> Yup. >> Well, with all those things put together. Some good photos, some information about the weather, some 360 views and some audio. You have what you need to do an essential pre-production plan. So, head back to the studio, start to put all your plans together, but just remember the next time before you go out and shoot, go out and scout and gather that information up first.
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