Join Anthony Q. Artis for an in-depth discussion in this video Hiding mics on talent, part of Video Production Techniques: Location Audio Recording.
Traditionally, narrative scenes like the one we're about…to record would be covered with the Boom Pole.…However, I went over boom poles extensively in…my course Foundations of Video, Cameras and Shooting.…So be sure to check that out for boom techniques.…What I want to talk about in this course however, is hiding mics.…There are two places that we can hide mics when it comes to a narrative scene.…One is onset, and the other one I want to show you right now…is hiding mics directly on talent.…And in this case, I'm talking about hiding wireless lavalier mics.…
Now, when it comes to hiding mics on talent, the…reason we need to hide it is because it's a narrative.…We can't just show it like this.…For documentary or corporate, perfectly fine to…show the microphone like I have right here.…But for narrative, we don't want to break that…fourth wall, so we gotta keep the mic hidden.…So I'm going to give you some techniques for hiding that mic right now.…But the first…thing to be aware of, is that this is a little bit risky technique,…
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