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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.
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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