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Bj Allman
Recording dialogue in a moving car
on Sep 21, 2015 at 5:56:11 pm

I'm going to be producing a web show similar to Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, and was wondering what is the best way to capture dialogue in this situation.

Elements: Moving car. Three people talking.

Also, I am on small budget: Here is what I have and what I was thinking of buying:

What I own:

Camera: Panasonic GH-1 (2 cameras)
Audio - Tascam DR-05 hand held 2 track recorder
Microphones: Audio Technica ATR-3350 Wired lavalier (1)
Nady Wireless Lavalier (One channel)

So, I was thinking of buying another hand held recorder like the Zoom H4N for example to be able to capture maybe two wired lavalier mics and record ambient audio through the mics as well.

I don't know how well that would work.

The Tascam DR-05 only accepts one Lavalier through the external mic input. The sound is pretty good, but now the external mics won't record.


I really need to caputure three people talking at anytime.

Then I was wondering if I need to buy a shotgun (camera mounted)

Keep in mind, this is sort of a live situation, where I won't be able to re-capture any of the video or dialogue once my subjects are gone. So, it has to be done right once.

What's the best way to capture clean, professional audio in this case?


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Ty Ford
Re: Recording dialogue in a moving car
on Sep 21, 2015 at 10:36:48 pm

Hello BJ and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

By adding a third person, you complicate the audio by 100%.

What's the setup?

Is this front seat and back seat?

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Ty Ford
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Bj Allman
Re: Recording dialogue in a moving car
on Sep 21, 2015 at 11:43:23 pm

The set up will be two people in the front and one in the back.
I might have a second camera in the back and was thinking maybe I can run a wired lavalier directly to the second camera for a cleaner sound.

All of that being said, If I threw a fourth person in the back of the vehicle, is there a more ideal way of capturing dialogue between front and back passengers?

My main objective though is having three people with clean sound, adding a fourth person is just an idea.


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Ty Ford
Re: Recording dialogue in a moving car
on Sep 22, 2015 at 12:18:12 am

Hmm, back seat.

If the front seats have headrests, maybe mount lavs on the back of them. If you talent moves around that may be a problem. Maybe wire a lav or Sanken CUB 10 into the ceiling liner.

Regards,

Ty Ford
Cow Audio Forum Leader

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