A shotgun microphone is an essential tool in your audio kit. In this movie, sound recordist Jeff Jacoby explains when a shotgun is the right choice, how to best employ it, why you might choose the shotgun instead of other microphones. Jeff also shows you some booming techniques that will prove useful on set.
- In this movie, I'll show you one microphone choice…you should always consider.…When you're about to record anything,…you need to decide what microphone to use,…and that decision will have a major impact…on the success of the recording.…Professionals keep a mic cabinet that holds…several, or even dozens of choices.…The best-sounding microphone, and the one used…most often on professional shoots is a high-quality shotgun.…That's the mic you often see on movie sets…mounted on the end of a long pole called the boom,…or a fishpole, and pointed at the actors.…
If you have a crew, specifically a sound person…on your shoot, then that's the arrangement…that will usually get you the best sound.…Good shotguns are inherently better microphones…than most lavaliers.…And a mic mounted on a boom allows for more flexibility,…better microphone placement, and fewer problems.…Of course, if you're alone and don't have the budget…for an audio person and a great shotgun mic,…then you'll find other solutions, like a lavalier.…Sometimes, even if you do have a shotgun…
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