October 30, 2016 at 6:09PM
Issue with sound filmed in cafe, looking for advice
I recently filmed my first short, but am having issues with the sound files. It was filmed in a cafe (open, relatively crowded), and the audio gear was a R0DE NTG-2 on a boom pole and a Zoom recorder. The problem is that while the characters' audio is clearly audible, so is an online hubbub of voices sound.
I've tried dialing down that hubbub noise on Audition, but it seems that separating out wanted voices from unwanted voices isn't possible.
My question is then:
1) In general, is there a way to lessen sounds like that in post-production without killing the dialogue?
2) Also, I am not sure whether the problem with the sound files was due to inexperience and not getting the mike close enough, or whether a cafe which is open is going to be too loud. Related, would lav mics help in a situation like this?