Sometimes you need to use more than one microphone on your shoot. But more than one microphone may require using a mixer. Audio specialist Jeff Jacoby shows you why an audio mixer with several inputs and outputs might solve your problem. Jeff goes over what choices you have, shows you the basics, and explains when to put a mixer in the mix.
- In this movie, we'll look at portable mixers,…which, expand your options.…Sometimes on a shoot, it makes sense…to add a mixer to the signal flow.…Now the question on your mind is probably,…why use a mixer?…Can't I go from the microphone right into the camera…or audio recorder?…And the answer is yes, you can,…but a mixer bill give you several choices on location…that you might want to have available.…As usual, it comes down to planning the shoot carefully,…and considering your options based on…what you intend to shoot.…If, for example, you are shooting one person talking,…then a mixer may not be necessary.…
But if it's two people talking, where will those two signals…from two microphones go?…The camera or audio recorder will have two inputs,…so you could just plug one mic cable into each input.…Then of course you have to set levels on the camera…or recorder.…So if you need to change levels on the fly,…it might get tricky.…I mean, how will you adjust those levels while you…or someone else is handling the camera?…
This series, Capturing Audio for Video, demystifies sound capture, offering professional insights along with practical tips and tricks. In this introductory installment, Professor Jeff Jacoby shows how to plan a shoot with sound in mind, choose microphones, and adjust camera settings and audio hardware to capture the best results. These tutorials are easy to follow and apply, fun to watch, and enormously helpful for video producers and directors.
- How to "think" in audio
- How to choose microphones
- How to set up a boom mic
- How to set up your camera and cables
- How to work with sound recorders and mixers