Posted tagged ‘motion track’

Lessons learned…shooting stage shows, Pt 2

October 5, 2008

Recording audio using a DAT recorder is probably one of the best things I’ve ever done. Granted, I’ve got a pretty good microphone on my “A” camera, and I’ve used it mounted on a boom to very good effect, but it still picks up room noise and, like any microphone, if you’re not right on top of the actor the sound gets a little hollow. Getting right up on top of an actor just isn’t possible in a stage show, and in any event, the shotgun mic isn’t that good.

The director told me in advance that the actors would be wearing body mics, and the board had enough “room” on it to plug me straight in. I just had to provide the recorder and the cables.

Okay, I have to admit, I don’t actually have a DAT recorder. I’m too cheap for that, and besides, it’s not necessary anymore! Got a laptop? Got sound recording software? You’re good to go!