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Basic Audio Techniques for Video

Producer and engineer Charlie Waymire is back! After covering the ins and outs of instrument and vocal miking for Audio-Technica’s popular “Basic Recording Techniques” video series, Waymire returns to help you get great audio on a video shoot. Featuring a host of professional tips and tricks, presented in concise, easy-to-follow segments, this video series is a must for every budding filmmaker.

Intro to Booming
The most important thing a filmmaker can do to dramatically improve the quality of their soundtrack is use a good microphone. And put that microphone as close to talent as you can.

How to Use a Boompole
Since the advent of the first talking pictures, filmmakers have relied upon mounting a microphone onto a boompole in order to position the microphone overhead of the actors and just out of frame.

Selecting the Right Shotgun Mic
Just as a good camera person carefully decides between using normal, wide-angle, or telephoto lenses, a skilled sound mixer will also choose from a selection of shotgun or boom microphones, depending on what works best for the shot.

Selecting the Right Handheld Mic
If you want to produce a great video, you’ll need great sounding audio along with your picture. In this video, we’ll learn how to select the right handheld microphone for your video production.

Proper Use of the Tie Bar
In this series of videos, we’ll explain how to effectively work with lavalier mics and rig them on talent. This segment will focus on using the tie bar and forming the correct Newsman’s Loop.

Selecting the Right Lavalier Mic
In this video we’ll discuss selecting the right lavalier mic for many common situations.

Hiding the Lavalier Mic (Part 1)
Here are some tips for hiding lavalier mics from the camera.

Hiding the Lavalier Mic (Part 2)
In part one of How To Hide Lavalier Microphones, we showed you how to use sticky triangles made from one-inch cloth camera tape. Another technique that works very well involves using a strip of moleskin and a safety pin.

Lavalier Microphone Windscreens
In this video, we’ll show you how to make your own wind protection for lavalier microphones.

Wireless Mic Systems
In this video, we’ll show you some techniques for getting the most out of your wireless microphone systems.

Plant Mics
In this video, we’ll show you some techniques for hiding microphones in and around the set in order to capture that “hard to reach” dialog.

Miking Inside of a Car
In this segment, we are going to show you how to capture dialog inside of a car.

Reflected Lavalier Miking
In this segment, we are going to show you how a tiny lavalier microphone can mike a large area.

You may also be interested in our some of our other video series:

Drum Mic Basics from A-T

Basic Recording Techniques from A-T