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Audio Techniques for Video Production: A Comprehensive Guide

Capturing high-quality audio is a vital element for any successful film project. There are several factors to consider when preparing for production, including which microphone is best for your particular project and how to properly rig microphones on your talent. We teamed up with Charlie Waymire of Ultimate Studios Inc. to put together a series of informative videos detailing everything you need to know about recording audio for video productions. Audio Techniques for Video Production

Intro to Booming

Using a boompole on set allows you to get your microphone close to the talent while still staying out of the frame. Proper positioning is crucial, as where you hold the mic will directly impact the quality of the audio you record.

How to Use a Boompole

In this video, Waymire provides some insider tips from professional boom operators, exploring the advantages of booming and sharing techniques you can use on set.

Selecting the Right Shotgun Mic

Picking the proper microphone for your shooting environment is important to the success of your project. Learn about the different types of shotgun microphones and the situations in which they perform best.

Selecting the Right Handheld Mic

Some video productions require the use of handheld mics. Such projects include interviews, on-site reporting and voiceovers. This tutorial explores the use of dynamic microphones and their pickup patterns.

Proper Use of the Tie Bar

Lavalier microphones are ideal for hands-free miking and can be hidden if necessary. However, when it’s appropriate for the microphone to be visible to an audience it’s best to rig your talent with a tie bar.

Selecting the Right Lavalier Mic

Explore the two different groups of lavalier microphones and discover how to make the right miking choice for a variety of situations.

Hiding the Lavalier

Some shoots will require that your lavalier mic be hidden from view. This tutorial demonstrates several of the most common techniques for miking talent so that the mic won’t be seen.

Lavalier Windscreens

Wind can cause irreparable damage to the audio you capture when filming outdoors. Learn how to make your own windscreens that will protect your lavalier microphone from the elements.

Wireless Techniques

Get the most out of your wireless microphone systems with these tips, including transmitter prep and how to set up your receiver and mic.

Plant Mics

Hiding microphones around the set will allow you to capture audio that would otherwise be difficult to reach. Learn basic techniques for using plant microphones on set.

Miking Inside of a Car

Capturing audio inside a vehicle can present some unique challenges. Explore techniques for miking the inside of a car, including using plant mics and booming.

Reflected Lavalier Miking

Despite their small size, lavalier microphones can be used to capture audio in large areas. With some creative mounting even the smallest microphone can be used to pick up audio in large spaces. With these tips and tricks you’ll be prepared to capture stellar audio on the set of your next video production!

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