January 12, 2016 at 3:37PM


How to get audio for a commercial?

Hello, I'm shooting a commercial in the next couple weeks with two URSA minis (4k ef). I have recorded audio externally and internally on other projects but there will be short dialogue between two people across a room. Both URSAs will be over the shoulder during the shoot and I would like to capture the audio and video for the dialogue in one take (or without saying a sentence then switching angle causing some continuity errors sometimes) . What's the best way to record audio from each person continually through a sequence of dialogue?


If you've got a real budget you should always hire a professional audio person to handle sound for you. They will have their own professional gear and be very experienced at getting good sound under any kind of shooting environments.

January 13, 2016 at 11:03AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

You could hire two pin mic's if you can't get a professional audio person, and listen to both of them after each take. It will save you on budget and get you decent sound.

If you do have budget, you could also record the dialogue again in a studio. Sound is so often overlooked/neglected. It's not my field of expertise either, but I know how important it is. If you have crappy sound, you have a crappy end product. If your sound - and everything else is great (or at least good, but let's be honest.. it better be great! :)) - all the pieces of the puzzle just come together.

July 28, 2016 at 6:53AM

You voted '+1'.
Jaap Ruurd Feitsma
EU based director and cinematographer

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