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  • Recommendations for location audio isolation?

  • Patrick Hindman

    July 2, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Hello everyone! I have an upcoming video shoot where I will be responsible for capturing audio in a noisy warehouse shooting an on-camera talent. We’re going to be covering different areas of the warehouse, speaking about order fulfillment, etc. Is anyone aware of any kind of product that is easily portable that can be setup to mitigate the ambient noise and isolate the audio area around the spokesperson? I see many things like this for more permanent studio situations. But does anyone offer something that is more portable for a “run & gun” video shoot solution? I am mostly an editor/motion graphics guy so the shooting realm doesn’t usually come across my desk. Any input is much appreciated! Happy 4th weekend to the US folks!

  • Mark Suszko

    July 7, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Anything like that that I can think of, would also tend to ruin your shot visually. The sound will just go over and around hung blankets. This may be a case where a well placed lav and a good shotgun are the best and only practical options.

    There are some amazing capabilities for noise reduction in Izotope and other plug-ins, particularly with notch filtering and hum removal for steady-state noises, but the transient sounds will always get through. Your location implies some amount of noise anyway but it’s up to you how much gets through.

    Another trick you could do is, loop the audio in post, that is, bring in your narrator and have them watch themselves while repeating the same exact lines and delivery, but in a quiet studio. match them up and mix. And you can do the reverse: pre-record clean audio, play it back in the field, and have them lip synch to that. Been done for many decades, particularly in Europe, but if it’s good enough for Orson Welles, it should be good enough for anybody.

  • Patrick Hindman

    July 8, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks so much for your reply! Good suggestions. I appreciate the input!

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