November 2, 2015 at 10:35PM
Best Dslr audio setup for wilderness travel doco
Ok so I'm about to embark on a pretty big project and I'm after other peoples opinion on a good all round audio setup for a feature documentary about walking the length of New Zealand. I will be on the road for 5 months shooting on a Sony A7s ii. There are 3 others with me and I will be filming them and sometimes all of us on a tripod. I really do want to capture the best audio possible but I am obviously aware of the many limitation this project has in regards to audio.
I figured for all of the walking and more impromptu shooting stuff I will just go for the old Radio Mic Pro. I know its not ideal but I think that it will be just too much trying to sync 5 months worth of footage.
However, there will be plenty of time when we arent walking and we are around camp, chilling out etc and I would like to have a slightly better audio setup here. Im thinking sometimes I will just have the camera on a tripod and have us talking and sometimes I will get the camera in close on others. I also want to do some interviewing too. So Im trying to figure out what the best solution is here...I dont mind doing post sync in these situations if I need to.
I was thinking maybe a Zoom H4n to capture the camp stuff and maybe have another shotgun that I can use for interviews. Or I could go for a wired Lav into the H4n for interviews but I may want to sometimes have a few people at once being interviewed so the Lav will be too restricting.
Man oh man, its a mind f**k. The thing is I dont have a super huge budget to be honest. Like maybe $1000.
I will only have access to power spiradically. Sometimes 4,5,6, even 8 days apart. Sometimes its less too.
Weight is a big one too. I have to keep the weight to a reasonable level because I'm carrying it all 3000km.
Sorry for the essay. Any ideas would be hugely appreciated.