Camera Audio Simplified - Location Audio for Camera Operators

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Product Overview

You’ve spent a lot of time learning how to use the features of your video camera to take amazing pictures, but chances are the audio always gives you trouble! Today, with production budgets shrinking, many are being asked to go-it-alone and sound is a frequent pain point that can drag production value down to an amateur level. To achieve great sound to go along with great video, you need to go beyond "automatic" mode and take control – know as much about microphones as you do about lenses with the help of Camera Audio Simplified. Author Dean Miles gives you the skills you need to capture quality location audio with your camera mic, wireless system, lavaliers, and handheld microphones. You’ll get step-by-step guidance to help elevate your sound from amateur to professional – and build your career and video production business.

©2016, 158 pages

Chapter 1 - Introduction 01

Sharing the knowledge 02

Why is the audio in video production so bad so often? 03

A little about the author 04

chapter 2 - The Location 07

Choosing and Prepping the location 08

Shot type vs. sound requirements 09

What do you need to listen for when choosing a location that has sound requirements? 16

When should you implement these listening techniques into your shooting process? 20

Prepping the location 21

Common trouble makers 22

chapter 3 – sound elements 25

Sound Elements 26

Sound Elements you need to capture while shooting 32

chapter 4 – video cameras 39

Common video camera functions 41

Always check your recordings 51

chapter 5 – Camera-mounted mic 53

Camera-mounted mic 54

Pick-up pattern diagrams 56

Bass roll-off 58

Cancellation ports 59

Shock mounts and wind suppression 60

Headphones 63

Calibrating the camera for a camera-mounted mic 64

What audio can you record with a camera mic? 68

Metering 72

How do you know when you can’t record dialogue with a camera-mounted mic? 74

chapter 6 – lavalier mics 77

Lavalier microphones 78

Wind 79

Clothing noise 81

Hardwired lavalier 82

Entering someone’s personal space 84

Lavalier wiring kit 88

Body micing 89

Exposed micing – News style 91

Hidden micing – Button shirts 96

Hidden micing – Porous fabric 100

Hidden micing – Skin, chest area 104

Micing on the head 108

Hidden micing – Hats, baseball caps 109

Hidden micing – Glasses 112

chapter 7 – Wireless systems 117

Wireless systems 118

Wireless basics 120

RF signal 121

Calibrating the wireless transmitter 124

Calibrating the wireless receiver 127

chapter 8 – Handheld mics 133

Dynamic microphones 134

Setting the input levels when hardwired 136

Setting the input levels when using a wireless system 137

chapter 9 – DSLR cameras 139

DSLR cameras 140

The built-in camera mic 143

Camera-mounted mic set up 145

Keeping in sync 146

More books and online courses – there’s just more! 152