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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.
Now one of the issues you're going to have to contend with, especially when you're location shooting, is background noise. Now we have enough money to rent this space for the day, but we don't have quite have enough money to completely buy the joint out and shut it down, so we have to contend with every day transactions, and the comings and goings of customers. So that means, we want to take some steps to minimize that background noise so that we can still record any dialogue that we want to record. The biggest thing that you can do is to use a shotgun microphone that's directional. What the shotgun microphone will do is it won't eliminate the background noise, but it will make the voice of your subject much more prominent than the background noise.
You want to be careful about where you point your shotgun mic because it will make a big difference in the amount of background noise you pick up. Sometimes you'll want to experiment with micing from above, below, and the side to see if you get better acoustics when you lower the mic. So we're going to lower the shotgun mike here. And remember that every location is different. So the acoustics, depending on how the ceiling is shaped. Or walls, or structures you're near, could be totally different when you mike from below, or above. But the bottom line is, if there's background noises, you want to take whatever steps you can to minimize them, and keep them out of your sound track.
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