Video Production Techniques: Location Audio Recording
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Capturing audio from a video presentation


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Video Production Techniques: Location Audio Recording

with Anthony Q. Artis

Video: Capturing audio from a video presentation

Now it's not at all unusual when you're shooting panels or speakers that there might be a video component to the presentation. And if there's going to be a video component to the presentation, there's also going to be an audio component. So I want to make sure, if there's going to be any video played on the screen, that I'm ready to adjust my levels. And know more or less what level they're going to come into. So whenever possible, beforehand, I want to get that presenter to tell me all the videos they're going to play, and run through one or two of them to make sure my levels are set properly.

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1h 23m Appropriate for all Nov 20, 2013

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Audio is one the most important but least appreciated aspects of filmmaking. Your audience will notice if you don't put the same care and attention you pay to your visuals into your audio. In this how-to course, Anthony Q. Artis walks through many of the most common audio recording scenarios. Think of it like an audio "cookbook" with step-by-step recipes for situations like conference panels, stage shows, and narrative dialog scenes. Anthony also shows you how to set up mixers, wireless mics, and booms, and make sure your camera is correctly set up to capture audio. He wraps up with troubleshooting tips covering a range of issues, from wind noise to echoes, and shows how to fix the problems you can't solve on set in post production.

Topics include:
  • Hooking up a mixer
  • Selecting the right mic for the job—table, lavalier, or boom
  • Using wireless mics
  • Hiding mics
  • Mic'ing the crowd at an event
  • Capturing the action up close
  • Matching visual perspective to audio
  • Dealing with background noise
  • Reducing rumble, wind noise, and hiss in post
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Anthony Q. Artis

Capturing audio from a video presentation

Now it's not at all unusual when you're shooting panels or speakers that there might be a video component to the presentation. And if there's going to be a video component to the presentation, there's also going to be an audio component. So I want to make sure, if there's going to be any video played on the screen, that I'm ready to adjust my levels. And know more or less what level they're going to come into. So whenever possible, beforehand, I want to get that presenter to tell me all the videos they're going to play, and run through one or two of them to make sure my levels are set properly. So that's what I'm going to do now.

So Jonathan, can you go ahead and play that video that you planned on playing? >> It's happening all over the world. Every day people are harnessing the power of the sun and it's literally lighting up their lives. >> And all I'm looking to do right here is just make sure that my video's not blowing out and not going to be too soft. And you might notice that I also did a smooth pan over from Jonathan to the video. The reason I did that is because I always recommend that you try to shoot any event like this, as if it were going out live over the air. Just in case it doesn't end up getting edited, or just in case you need a quick turnaround.

To be clear, the ideal would always be to get your hands on the source video, and edit that directly into your piece, so you don't have any audio or video issues with it. But just in case, you want to make sure you cover both. So remember, any time you're shooting a presentation or a speaker, you want to be as familiar with the presentation and the room as possible so you don't get caught off guard.

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