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Anthony Hudson
Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
on Sep 7, 2017 at 10:45:08 pm

I'm looking for advice on how to go about capturing better audio for a talk show I am currently filming. Right now, we have a three camera set up and have just been using audio from one of the camera mics. The talk show features a panel of about 13-15 people on average. What would be the best method for capturing audio in this situation?
Here is an example of an episode of the show:







Right now, I'm being given a very low budget to produce this show ($250, all of which goes to paying me and my crew members), but I'd like to know what some of the best methods for capturing audio in a situation like this are, regardless of budget, as well as what cheaper options may be available to use until we have a larger budget.


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Bill Davis
Re: Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
on Sep 16, 2017 at 7:12:05 pm

[Anthony Hudson] "regardless of budget, "

Given that, do what broadway does.
Wireless lav on EACH performer each feeding a separate recording track.

Everything said gets recorded perfectly even if six people are talking at once.

And you can mix as you like in post.

$$$$$ tho. (Like your entire budget would cover just a fraction of one TX/RX pair)

But that's the only actual no-compromise "best" solution.

Creator of XinTwo - http://www.xintwo.com
The shortest path to FCP X mastery.


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Bill Davis
Re: Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
on Sep 17, 2017 at 5:04:39 am

[Anthony Hudson] "regardless of budget, "

Given that, do what broadway does.
Wireless lav on EACH performer each feeding a separate recording track.

Everything said gets recorded perfectly even if six people are talking at once.

And you can mix as you like in post.

$$$$$ tho. (Like your entire budget would cover just a fraction of one TX/RX pair)

But that's the only actual no-compromise "best" solution.

Creator of XinTwo - http://www.xintwo.com
The shortest path to FCP X mastery.


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Nick Griffin
Re: Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
on Sep 19, 2017 at 8:53:20 pm

Use an extremely agile audio boom operator for moving around the crowd as needed and directly mic the host / primary speaker. Not a great solution and quite possibly not even possible given your budget but nothing sounds less professional than audio from a camera mic UNLESS you have a DAMN good, properly insulated and bass trapped room.

The problem with getting by with less than good production is that can hold you back from being selected for projects with decent budgets.


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