Camera & Sound

Hi guys. Welcome to another blog from the best Durban Video Company. Today lets talk about how important good camerawork and sound is to quality videos. You want the viewer to be glued to your videos. In order to keep your viewer entertained make sure you start the process with good quality visuals and sound. Sound is a very challenging medium to work with. Quite often mistakes are made when recording audio in videos / films.

Let us look at the fundamental rules we need to follow when aiming to record good audio.

  1. Make sure you are using the right microphone for the job. How do you know which mic is right….we will discuss that here. Either a mic is seen or not seen, in other words your production requires the mic to be out of sight or it doesn’t. A mic out of sight might be a boom mic or a hidden lapel mic. A boom mic is often used on film sets operated by a boom operator and is often just out of sight of the camera view.
Boom operator on a film set

A lapel microphone can be used but limited to one person and a narrow pick up field. Pick up field is the area around the mic that can be picked up by the mic. The pick up area is very important to what sound sources are being recorded. A boom mic has a large ‘pick up field’ which can include a few actors in a room.

2. For good sound recording it is important to get rid of any surround noise. Surround noise can be traffic, wind, ambient sounds and alarms / telephones. Even fluorescent lights give off a hum and can be heard on some microphones. At GCV Productions we are often in retail stores and can hear drinks fridges in our recordings. Please have a look at the following clip and lets discuss why the handheld mic is chosen.

Lee from Boxer is using a Shure SM58 microphone, the reason for this choice of mic is to eliminate the background noise that happens in a retail store. The Shure SM58 does a great job eliminating surround noise that are not needed for this type of video. Lee could possibly get away with wearing a lapel microphone but we would need to be very careful of the other sounds nearby. Lets have a look at the pick up field for this particular microphone

Shure SM58 cardiod pickup pattern

Above is the pickup pattern for the Shure SM58. Any sound outside of that pattern will not be recorded unless it is very loud. GCV Productions uses the Shure SM58 for the best audio quality in our video productions.

Thank you for reading our blog. Please look out for Part 3 coming soon.

For any video / audio questions please contact Guy Crosbie on +27721281823

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