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MONITORING MADE EASY.
by Beth Zarkhosh
M aking sure you capture the right sound
correctly throughout your filmmaking
is one of the most important aspects
of the shooting process, an element that many seem to get
wrong time and time again.
Whether you’re fi lming an interview, documentary or short
fi lm, the audio recording is an intrinsic part of a good quality
production. Here’s how you can make sure you manage
great audio monitoring and avoid making the most popular
mistakes. Filmmakers will spend hours on end focusing on actors, set
design and lighting whilst commonly sidelining the audio,
which needs to be just as perfect. There is simply nothing
more disappointing than fi nding yourself being left with a
fi rst rate shot with second rate audio.
Filming without monitoring can often lead to serious audio
failures. Depending on the environment you are shooting
in, you need to be aware of minor sounds that could lead
to bigger problems that will ruin your footage later on in the
edit process. For example if you are fi lming an interview in
a busy coffee shop the sound may seem fi ne to you, but
on the playback you may notice interference from ambient
sounds such as customers, air conditioning and a whole
host of other audio nasties.
Having a good pair of headphones is vital to any audio
monitoring, so many make the mistake of removing
headphones whilst fi lming which makes them unaware of
major audio issues which would not have occurred if they
had simply had just left them on. Relying on audio meters
24/7 is not going to do you any favours, therefore grabbing
yourself a good pair of either closed back headphones or
noise cancelling headphones is an absolute must.
So what headphones should I use?
Closed back headphones come at various costs but if you
are wanting to save a few pennies then going for a pair like
the AKG 44 retailing at £19.00 on www.gak.co.uk would be
ideal. Otherwise investing in a good set of noise cancelling
headphones like the StudioSeries ANX 10 available at bitly.
com/anx10 would ensure that you would be blocking out
nuisance noises such as traffi c, making sure you have
100% focus on your audio monitoring leading to better
Noise cancellation headphones add an extra layer of
monitoring enhancements as they actively block out the
noise directly around your ears. This means when you
monitor audio whilst using noise cancellation headphones,
you can guarantee you’re only hearing the sound coming
from the microphones, you’ll be able to hear a pin drop!
What if your camera does not have a built in headphone
jack? Purchasing an external recorder would be benefi cial
so that your recordings are a high quality throughout your
fi lming process.
Spending more time on monitoring always enhances
your fi lm productions. Do you have any tips on audio
monitoring? If so tweet us at @editorskeys and we
will share the best tips!
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