Lavalier microphones, sometimes called clip-on microphones or throat microphones, are commonly used. The problem is that they are so often used as a default, even if it isn’t the best choice. In this movie, sound expert and audio professor Jeff Jacoby will teach you when lavaliers are a good choice, and how to use these little microphones properly.
- In this movie, we'll take a look at a type…of microphone, called a Lavalier.…An excellent choice that will save you over and over again.…See this little thing clipped on my shirt?…It's a very useful little mic that pros often use,…called a Lavalier, or more commonly a Lav.…This mic will often save you,…when nothing else will get the job done.…You need to understand, it's still a compromise.…That's where a lot of producers get it wrong.…Lots of well-meaning folks default to using the Lav,…because it's hands-free and feels easier to use,…but it's not the best-sounding type of mic,…which would likely be a Shotgun,…and a Lavalier can introduce all sorts of problems on set.…
But, when it's the right choice, you'll be glad to have one.…If for example, you're truly on your own,…then you don't really have any other reasonable choice.…You can't hold a Shotgun on a Boom Pole,…run sound, run the camera…and direct the talent at the same time.…Usually, you just pin one of these little babies…on the talent, and assume you're all set,…
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