Recording with boom microphones and building the audio chain
It’s almost a visual cliché, the image of a boom operator holding a 12-foot boom pole above his or her head, dangling a large, fur-covered boom microphone a foot over the heads of a pair of actors, recording intimate dialogue for in an intense scene. For once, this visual cliché is actually accurate; this is precisely how a large portion of the... Read more
Three packages to satisfy the bottom line when you can’t hire a professional sound mixer
RØDE Wireless Filmmaker Kit
One of the most commonly asked questions by video and digital cinema shooters is, “Which audio gear should I buy?” It’s not an easy question to answer because there’s no single answer that applies to everyone’s situation. If you have the budget and resources, always hire a professional sound mixer. Capturing crystal-clear... Read more
What is a lavalier?
lav·a·liere [lav-uh-leer, lah-vuh-] – noun
An ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck
Also, lav·a·lier, la·val·lière [Origin: 1915-20; after the Duchesse de La Vallière (1644-1710), one of the mistresses of Louis XIV] — Random House Unabridged Dictionary
“A lavalier... Read more
Tools for capturing high-quality professional-level sound with these cameras
Sound Devices MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 Audio Recorders
We’re almost a decade past the entrance of DSLR cameras into the professional video and cinema production space. The video-capable Nikon D90 hit the market in August 2008, quickly followed by the game-changing Canon EOS 5D Mark II a month later. While the images produced by large-sensor cameras were... Read more
Alternative strategies for sound professionals using wireless mics today and in the future
My production company recently created a corporate video for a client, shooting the project at a golf resort. While shooting skits with the talent out on the golf course, we had to use wireless microphones, as our talent was moving around a lot in each scene. After carefully miking our talent, both my fellow camera operator and I were rewarded with... Read more
Using your smartphone as an additional sound tool for pro audio work
Professional sound mixers and audio engineers who use their ears to earn a living seem to be inexorably attached to their smartphones. But did you ever think that your smartphone could become a valuable tool for professional audio work? There are tens of thousands of apps out there, so how to narrow down the field to the best ones for those of us who... Read more
Rounding up a few of the most popular microphone and audio recorder options for capturing better audio with still cameras and mirrorless systems
Sony PCM-D100 Audio Recorder
While DSLRs are still popular, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Panasonic GH5 and the Sony a6000 series in the APS-C category have become increasingly attractive. With professional features like 4K video, high-frame-rate (HFR) shooting for slow-motion footage, advanced color-profile support and the ability to shoot in... Read more
Part two on how to improve your prospects of getting acquired in domestic and international markets
By Mark Litwak, Esq.
Filmmakers expend so much effort to produce their films that they often give little thought to distribution until the movie is completed. Many filmmakers believe that if they just make a good film, distribution will take care of itself. However, securing distribution is often more challenging than raising funds and producing the movie.
One’s leverage... Read more
Adding time code to non-time-code devices, and recording ambisonic sound for 360º video
By Dan Brockett
Made in Germany, the small and lightweight Tentacle Sync box works in conjunction with software to provide frame-accurate time code to almost any recording device.
TIME CODE WITH TENTACLE SYNC
Q I work for an ad agency, and we shoot a three-camera meeting each month using Panasonic DMC-GH4 cameras. It’s my job to edit all of these into a highlights... Read more
Proper planning often can mitigate disaster, but if the worst happens, follow these strategies for saving your assets
By Charles “C.R.” Caillouet
A still from video taken by “C.R.” Caillouet documenting the results of a flood in his home, the regular HDVP columnist was hit hard by a severe storm that deluged nearly four decades of his personal video archives. Caillouet urges donations for disaster recovery efforts to Team Rubicon (teamrubiconusa.org) and Habitat for Humanity (habitat.org).... Read more
The differences between film markets and festivals, with advice on the best way to promote and sell your independent film
By Mark Litwak, Esq.
Markets and festivals aren’t the same. Filmmakers may find this confusing because some festivals operate alongside a film market, as is the case in Berlin and Cannes. Sundance is a festival; however, an informal market has now grown up around it, with distributors bidding to acquire rights to films.
Markets are generally only open to... Read more
ATSC 3.0 is being deployed to challenge OTT services like Apple TV and the Internet
By Charles “C.R.” Caillouet
Periodically, we hear that over-the-air (OTA) broadcasting has been diagnosed as dying, laid low by some new technology promising to better inform, entertain or educate us, measure our preferences or sell us products. After each such announcement, we find that broadcast isn’t really dead, but transformed and risen out of the ashes of its past. It’s... Read more