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I'd say it will depend very much on the position of the camera (how close it was to the subject), and then you'll have other factors such as how reflective the room is and where the rest of the crew was standing in relation to the camera and subject. Was the camera recording using only the onboard microphone? There are a lot of questions that can lead you in ...


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The main issue when speaker B spills on speaker A microphone (be it a lapel or not) is the relative level between A and B on A's mic. By reducing the sensitivity of the transmitter, you are not changing this ratio, you are probably just under modulating the radio link (which is not good!). Don't reduce transmitter sensitivity to solve a spilling issue. ...


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Sometimes s**t happens but you should use this as an opportunity and not a defeat and try to restore as much audio as possible from whatever sources you can recover. You want to be remembered as the guy who, even though he lost the recording, went above and beyond to restore it from a lousy source and made it work, not the guy who wasted everyone's time. ...


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I've recently been forced into using a clip of DSLR camera audio in a short doc, and it actually ended up sounding passable. Key was the fact that the camera was very close to the subject, so I got good signal/noise and signal/verb ratio. The technical challenge was overcoming the crappy mic and autogain. I ended up dipping out quite a bit of the ...


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Pretty much any DAW or audio editor will let you insert markers on the fly during playback, and you can reposition them with sample accuracy. Off the top: Reaper, Ableton Live, Wavelab, Nuendo, ProTools, Adobe Audition, probably Audacity. Some programs make working with markers a pleasure, others are more awkward.


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Dynamic mics like the Shure SM58 are really good at rejecting (i.e. cancelling out) noise from behind the mic. They are used extensively by singers at concerts who need to hear their backing music using loud monitors positioned in front of them - a sound which needs to be cancelled from their own vocal feed and the mic is actually designed to do exactly this....


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A lot of natural Documentarys are made 100% by foley. Could be quite fun to record a fake sound. If there are interviews with people you could try voice over but.... Don't feel bad, thing happen and mistakes are human! Take it a chance to foley around (if you got the time). A little trick I use when i am recording/booming a single track. I use seenhei├čer ...


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One setup that I've found to work pretty well is an all-in-one field recorder, such as a Zoom H6 or a Tascam Digital Portastudio. Such devices can often be found for cheaper than the cost of a full recording setup and is an all-in-one device that handles everything for you. Plus, they keep their resale value pretty well so after you're done with the project ...


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Have you actually TRIED recording with a phone in your conference room? If you identify exactly where is the microphone and hold it around 8 inches from the subject's mouth you may be surprised how well it works, assuming your room is not very reverberant. DO NOT assume you have to go out and buy extra gear (especially for a one-time temporary application) ...


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You can measure distortion, especially at the edge of the useful envelope (ie see which one distorts first as you increase the volume of noises you want to record) or sensitivity (does one pick up quiet sounds better) but if they work equally well, then your best bet is to pick the one you like the sound of better. This is likely to just be a slightly ...


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The whole idea of the shotgun is that it mainly picks up ambient noise that is in the direction it's pointed. Have the speaker stand with their backs to the quietest area around. If there are trees, walls, hedges, etc., that's where you want the speaker. A truck rolling by or a jet flying over is going to get all over your audio no matter what, so you have ...


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There are a few ways to do this. For one you can pull it out in post production with some mixing tricks. EQ and noise gates can be your friend here. Keep in mind that you wont want to go too crazy since some background noise is nice. You can try tucking the lav behind a collar or in the neck of the shirt. this may help to block some of the wind. You can ...


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This is a common problem and is not best solved with a new camcorder, but with a separate microphone. If you are satisfied with the picture quality you get today, then a new microphone is what you need. If you don't want to hand the interviewee a microphone then a camera mounted shotgun microphone could vastly improve the sound. During the interview the ...


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-Should I use the automatic recording level feature? No never, it's destructive and not undoable. If it's an interview so the subject will probably keep his or her voice on the same level. Two options: 1. You can choose to manually ride the 'levels' during the interview to correct low speaking. But with a Zoom H5n i think it's safer to choose > 2. Set an ...


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Deliver the best sound you can get!! But also inform that there is different audio material. I would prepare the Lav for the Editor and bounce out the shotgun parts in stems that start at the begin of the timecode of the project. So then he can use them if he needs more atmo. Also something that makes me happy is when i get a full prepaired atmo track for ...


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