September 10, 2015 at 2:58AM, Edited September 10, 3:00AM


Sound without a soundrecorder

I have invested in a boom pole and a shotgun mic, but I'm still not satisfied with the result. I feel like I continue to get a bit of a "homevideo" kind of sound, There's a lot of room noice and the sound it pretty extreme, if you get where I'm coming from, like if the actor is putting down a cup or moving a chair the sound is very loud and bad.

Would a audio recorder make the difference, like a H4n or a similar tool?


What mic are you using ?

September 10, 2015 at 4:53AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Perhaps the placement of the mic is not the greatest? Maybe the room has too many reflective surfaces? Maybe both? In my experience, a mic that is not the highest quality, but which his placed close to the talent in the proper position (aimed at his mouth area) and not surrounded by reflective surfaces, should be able to give you results above that of "home video" sound. Please let us know your set up.

September 13, 2015 at 10:09PM

Harlan Rumjahn
Low-level government official

It's the same as saying, I bought an Alexa and my video looks bad. It doesn't matter the tools you use. Record on the camera or H4n, shotgun or lavaliere. You have to understand how your equipment work and approach session in a more holistic way( consider other factors not just the equipment)
1. Space - as the earlier post said, your space may be too reflective. Solution- purchase sound blankets and set up in off camera areas, also great results can be had with cushions, drapes, wardrobe dept's rack of clothing.
1. Microphone placement- a good boom Op is a good thing to have. The microphone NEEDS to follow the actors lips as if it were attached to them, one bad cue from the operator and you'll need another take. Or, the use of lavaliere microphones is an option, costs more and takes some work positioning them.
3. Inexperienced camera operator- if this person can't hold his headroom on a moving shot or has way to much unnecessary headroom and keep yelling at the boom guy to get out the shot.
4. Trying to get everything in one shot- yes we're all on a low budget project but better results can be had when you go in for the singles and close ups.
5. Don't forget rule #1- always get the mic as close as possible.

August 14, 2016 at 12:48PM


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