Join Anthony Q. Artis for an in-depth discussion in this video Hiding mics on set, part of Video Production Techniques: Location Audio Recording.
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Now like I said, traditionally, a narrative scene…like this would be covered with the boom pole.…But even then, sometimes you can't get a boom in certain spots.…In that case, you might find it useful to hide some live mics on set, to…pick up certain lines of dialog, or to…cover certain action, depending on what your blocking is.…In this particular scene, our actor is going to walk…over to that window and turn around and look out.…I can't really get a good…boom angle from the back of his head if he's facing that way, and…still be in position to pick up my other actor, who's also in the scene.…
So, in this case, we're going to hide a…live mic just behind that cabinet over my shoulder.…It's going to be out of the scene, but still pick up this audio, crystal clear.…But remember, you can hide a live mic…anywhere on set, as long as it's close enough…to the actor's mouth, for the proximity of the mic, and as long as it's not seen…on camera.…
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