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TECH TIP: Getting the Shot with Corey Rich: DSLR Audio: Intermediate

You thought you were recording a great interview, only when you get back to the studio, you are horrified to discover that your great interview has turned into a lame mime act. Bummer! 

In the second installment of this three-part series of Tech Tips for AdoramaTV, I wanted to go through some of the additional devices you can add to your quiver of sound-recording devices.

In part one, I began by discussing the most basic fundamentals: capturing crisp audio using the built-in mic on your HD-SLR, dealing with wind, and adding a shotgun mic onto your camera’s hot shoe.

In this video, I discuss the next level of equipment, from remote shotgun mics mounted on tripods or booms, to laval ear microphones pinned to your interview subject. When you don’t want your visuals to be limited by the audio you capture, you’ll need to begin to understand how to record audio from remote distance, often to external recording devices.

Listen up. Audio is the hardest part of video. When you are thinking about telling a great story, capturing great visuals, and capturing great audio, it’s a lot of hats for any director to wear. I can’t walk, talk and chew gum at the same time. It’s possible to be a one-man band, but don’t be hard on yourself if you mess something up. Better yet, work with an audio technician! Hope you enjoy this latest Tech Tip, and stay tuned for part three, when I bring in an sound engineer/audio tech to help me take my production to the next-level.

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