Join Anthony Q. Artis for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding shorts in your cables, part of Video Production Techniques: Location Audio Recording.
Now I want to talk about a particularly dangerous…audio problem, and that is the problem of shorts.…When you have a short in your cable or connector, it…results in audio pops, dropouts, and crackles, and otherwise unusable audio.…What makes this problem so dangerous is that it's an intermittent problem.…So, sometimes it may be there, sometimes it may not.…So, you could do all of your due diligence, and the night before…check all of your equipment, and do an audio test, and everything sound fine.…And then get on set only to discover that you have some…serious audio issues, that you may not be able to easily overcome.…
So first I want to talk about what causes shorts.…One of the things that causes shorts is rough handling of XLR cables.…It's not at all unusual.…Then I will admit, I've done it myself as a student.…That we've done the shoot, we've unplugged it, and then what do you do with…the XLR cable? Drop it right to the ground.…Well, when you do that, it can result in knocking the little the little wires…
recipesfor 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.
- Hooking up a mixer
- Selecting the right mic for the job—table, lavalier, or boom
- Using wireless mics
- Hiding mics
- Mic'ing the crowd at an event
- Capturing the action up close
- Matching visual perspective to audio
- Dealing with background noise
- Reducing rumble, wind noise, and hiss in post