Recording Audio With 1 Man Crew And Cast

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ebgt
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Joined: Mar 6 2007

Hi

I'm making a short on DV. I'm the crew as well as the cast and (with my limited budget) I'm trying to figure out the way I can get the best audio possible.

The equipment I have to hand is:
SONY DCR-HC30E PAL camcorder
Sennheiser omnidirectional mike (not an expensive one)
Apple Powerbook
MBox & Protools

The in-camera mike isn't good enough, so the way I see it I have 2 basic options:
1/Plug a mike straight into the camera
2/Record externally into Protools and match the sound later

If 1/ I don't think the Sennheiser mike is going to be practical. Proximity is going to be difficult as I'm going to be on camera. One solution will be for me to hire/buy a radio mike. If so, do I not then have to also hire/buy a "mixer" to stop the sound peaking - as the camera has no internal method of limiting levels? Or would plugging it straight in work?

If 2/ Can I plug a radio mike into the Mac and limit the levels using Protools?

Thoughts appreciated.

Ewan Thomson

fuddam
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Joined: Nov 19 2005

the radio mic should have some ability to prevent peaking

Maxwell
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Joined: Jan 13 2007

It would be a good idea to let us know what you are planning to make. As a one man crew.
You may be able to do your sound in the post-production edit on your mac.
Like the last post to you. Radio mic should do the trick.
Good Luck.

dominicwitherow
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Joined: Apr 2 2006

Easy way to stop peaking is to go through the audio to be recorded before filming, checking the levels and adjusting the audio-in on the camera. Of course, this only works with a pre-defined script, but is the basic starting point for on-set audio in professional film making.

In addittion, the very good and relatively cheap Sennheiser 112 radio mics can have limiters set if desired.

Let us know what you decide.

Dominic