March 8, 2016 at 12:19PM

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Audio solution for shooting a wedding? I'm thinking about lavs

I've got an amazing opportunity to shoot a wedding for my aunt who I love dearly in about two months and I'm looking for a way to capture good audio during the ceremony and reception. I have a decent camera (5d mark ii I suppose), a 35mm rokinon, and a 50mm STM, but only a blue yeti mic for audio which won't work for a wedding shoot. I'm thinking about wireless lavs because I'll be just a one man band with another shooter who'll be using a t3i with a kit lens, because that's all he his. I've looked an the sennheiser G3, but they'll expensive as hell and any cheaper I'm afraid the audio might suck, although rode links look promising. My budget is around $200 for lavs. Should I not go any lower then sennheisers and just rent? Also, I don't have an audio recorder so I might also rent a zoom h4n and maybe a 24-105mm. If their any suggestion please comment and also if you have any tips recording on wireless lavs and filming weddings.

Btw I've filmed only narratives before, but I'm not that experienced at filming live events. The web series I'm currently working on I have dedicated people for audio using their equipment so I don't know much about recording audio. I've asked them for advice but they've only worked with shotgun Mics and hate the sound of lavs.

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The Rode SmartLav+ is a high quality LAV mic that uses an iPhone as your recorder, so for a little over $200 you could get three of these mics and plug them into separate iPhones.

Unfortunately I don't think they make a white version of this LAV, so it might not work with the Bride's dress.

March 8, 2016 at 1:30PM, Edited March 8, 1:31PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks, I'm thinking about just setting the Lav on the groom and the priest, that'll hopefully capture the bride's audio during the vows

Bryan Pham

March 8, 2016 at 2:00PM

I have personally used the SmartLav+ with an older iPod & the Rode Rec app for weddings. I mic the groom. Get an audio level before the ceremony that gives him a little room to not clip & usually the bride & officiant can be boosted in post with out major issues. Now you may want to consider a Lav on the officiant as well, that way you have a few options in post.

Derek Armitage

March 9, 2016 at 2:14PM

DIY solution for a cheap white iPhone lav mic...

http://goo.gl/UMb0X3

March 9, 2016 at 7:35AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I've done this too & it works surprisingly well.

Derek Armitage

March 9, 2016 at 2:15PM

Most weddings have their audio sent down to a mixing board. If you attach a digital recorder to it with an XLR you will have the best audio without annoying the bride and groom with lavaliers.

March 9, 2016 at 8:16AM

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Dan Montenegro
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I will point out that this is a maybe. I've pulled audio from a board & it was not the best quality. More times than not it is a friend that is running the board with little experience or even pro's, but they are mixing for the environment & it can sound pretty bad straight to a recorder.

Derek Armitage

March 9, 2016 at 2:17PM

I use the ZOOM H5, I plug it in to the mixing board and brings good crisp quality audio,the only problem when you plug it in direct to the mixing board is sometimes you have funny DJs that play background music or effects (at least where I'm from) the best way is to use an xlr splitter cable and you plug the mic to the splitter and send it to the board and to your recorder.We also have the smartluvs good quality and you can use you iPhone with the smartly app and you can also use a small recorder like the ZOOM H1 but you will have to get the TRRS to TRS convertor for it to work with an external convertor.
Here is a wedding trailer where I used the on board audio with the ZOOM H5 but if you pay attention to the first speech there was some background music playing for a few seconds https://vimeo.com/155839129 and we used the SIGMA 70-200 F2.8 (reception shots), CANON 24 -105 F4 (ceremony shots) ,CANON 50 F1.4 (from shoe shot),

March 10, 2016 at 2:34AM

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Prosper Kunyetu
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First get a decent shotgun mic on the camera, it's the more important as you need that the sound match what you see, only then buy some lav mic, and if you have money left a zoom h4n that you plug on the mixer.
The issue with lav mic is that you will have to bother the groom and the bride all the time to hit record, then stop, and in the end you are not sure that the sound is good during the recording, it's very risky, so it cannot be your only mic.
For the shotgun mic, get the Rode videomic pro, you can put it on the top of you dslr and the +20db you will have good clean sound record on the 5DII. For your budget that's the easier and the best i think. Get magic lantern so you can monitor your audio as well. If you want cheaper option the takstar shotgun mic is good too i heard and very cheap.

March 10, 2016 at 5:27AM, Edited March 10, 5:35AM

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AvdS
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Countryman lavaliers? I see Lectrosonics and even Sennheisers, but I'm not familiar with this brand. Lectrosonics kits are lovely, and available for only a modest second mortgage.

March 11, 2016 at 7:03PM, Edited March 11, 7:03PM

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Minor Mogul
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You may find that the bride may be reluctant to wear a lav as it may be too visible on her dress. We have to remember that this is her very special day and she must be 100% comfortable. Personally I think the Rode VideoMic Pro shotgun mic would be a good choice. I've used it for ages and it gets nice audio provided you don't have wind to contend with and it is compact and on-camera which means you won't need an audio recorder. Obviously using a recorder will up the quality but not by a hugely noticeable amount.

August 31, 2016 at 12:23AM

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Barry Sheerin
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