The sound is a very
important part of your video production, so don't for one second think of
scrimping on the quality, you will need the very best sound you can afford.
So the best way to get the best sound is to have an experienced sound operator
and they come with all the right gear (ring me for a few names).
Okay so you want to
do it your-self: Hire the right equipment, a quality Shotgun microphone
and someone to point it, the best Radio Lapel or cable neck mic you can
afford and a method of monitoring the sound as it is being recorded..
On location STOP and
listen to the background sound, ensure it is not being heard via your microphone,
we won't be able to get rid of the background sound - we may be able to
minimize it but we will not be able to eliminate it completely.
Hand-held mics are versatile and relatively easy to use. They are well-suited to
mobile interviews and to situations where the interviewer needs control as people
speak when the interviewer points the mic at them.
Lapel (lavalier) mics create high quality, consistent sound. Each person has their
own mic, the mics are (theoretically) always in the correct position and any unwanted
noise is rejected well.
The disadvantage is you must be careful of clothing noise
and beware of the battery becoming flat and causing distortion.
Microphones placed on a boom arm and are versatile used in both
studio and location settings. The main advantage is the on camera talent
don't need to be rigged for audio or have attached mics, the sound operator
is in full control. The microphone is usually a shotgun (very directional) mic which
can be easily pointed.
The boom operator and camera operator need to work
together to make sure the mic stays out of camera shot.
Any digital sound should
be supplied as Original as possible don't compress it,
nor reduce the quality
by reducing the sampling - Supply 44k, 16 bit Stereo or
Mono some broadcast
jobs will be 48k. That is fine bring the files in as they are
Any music you intend
to use just bring the Original MUSIC CD we can transfer
it subject to
the usual copyright requirements.
REMEMBER IF THE ORIGINAL
SOUND IS CRAPPY THEN IT IS NOT GOING TO
GET ANY BETTER - We can't perform
miracles, but we do try hard.