There are dozens of choices when it comes to audio recorders, at all price points. What audio recorder should you use when capturing audio for video? In this movie, professor of audio Jeff Jacoby goes over some important concepts and considerations, shows you a couple of choices, and explains what you need to know when thinking about this all-important piece of gear for your shoot.
- Here is an important question for you.…On your next shoot, where are you recording your sound?…I mean, into what device?…You may be assuming…that you'll record the sound on a camera,…but that might not be the best option.…In this movie, we'll take a look at some other options.…Sometimes on a shoot it makes sense…to use an audio recorder to record the audio.…So why bother with a separate sound recorder?…Why not run the audio right into the camera?…It's a good question.…The answer, unsurprisingly, is that it depends.…
It's safe to say that…if you're the only person running the shoot and,…therefore, also running the camera,…you can't easily run a separate sound recorder.…It's possible, but it's another…layer of stuff to worry about.…So if you're alone,…I'd suggest you run the audio signal,…presumably from an external microphone,…right into the camera.…Set your menus and levels and proceed.…And that's called Single System Recording.…You can learn more about setting up a camera properly…by watching a movie called Setting Up 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