Join Anthony Q. Artis for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording in locations with echo, part of Video Production Techniques: Location Audio Recording.
Now let's talk about another common location audio problem, which is echo.…My first advice for shooting in rooms with echo, is don't.…However, occasionally you'll be stuck with a location…where that's the only place you have to shoot.…Or perhaps aesthetically, in every other aspect, that room is perfect.…Because you're shooting a narrative project, and it looks just right.…Well, there is at least one way we can deal with echo, which I'll tell you…in a second.…But first I want to talk about the causes of echo.…So what causes echo or the reverberation that…we have going on with my voice right now?…Well that's caused by shooting in any room with all hard surfaces.…
So any time your shooting in a room that's empty, or has…little or no furniture like the room that I'm in right now.…Well, you're going to definitely have a problem with echo.…And a problem with echo isn't so much that, you…know, it's problematic, it's just that it sounds kind of amateur.…Not something you're going to come across very often in professional work.…
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