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Getting audio in extreme wide shots

From: Video Production Techniques: Location Audio Recording

Video: Getting audio in extreme wide shots

One of the challenges that you may face

Getting audio in extreme wide shots

One of the challenges that you may face when you're location audio recording are wide shots. The problem is simply that the shot is too wide to get a boom anywhere near close engouh to get good audio from this distance. So that means you're going to need a wireless microphone. The only problem with that is that wireless microphones do tend to be expensive items, so they're often one of the last things that people add to their kit. Instead I want to share with you a quick down and dirty solution that you can use that may work for you in many circumstances where you have a wide shot like this And that is using a smart phone, or a small audio recorder just like the one, that I have in my pocket, that's recording my audio right now.

This is the iphone, TASCAM PCM Recorder is the name of the app. And the reason I like this particular recorder app over the built in app on the iphone, is that it allows me greater control over the audio. So I can manually set my levels as well as even EQ and has a limiter and other professional audio features built in. So regardless of what program you use find a good audio recorder that you like and try this trick at home and see if it works for you and you just might save yourself the cost of a wireless microphone.

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