Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tip #3- To Shooting Better Wedding Videos

Using a wireless microphone to record audio.

Often it is hard to hear what a bride and groom say to each other during their vows. They could be both nervous and speak quietly, or maybe it is outside and there is a slight breeze that is making the sound hard to hear. Often the minister or celebrant will be wearing or holding a microphone and you can pickup the audio through the PA system, yet what a lot of bride and grooms don't take into account is their vows. There is nothing worse than watching a wedding video and you can't hear what people are saying.

In order to avoid any problems or upset brides, make sure you can capture the vows at a good sound level. The way that I do this is by using a Sony Wireless Microphone. The model is UWPC1. The UWPC1 pack consists of a lavalier microphone, bodypack transmitter and portable tuner. This is great for the groom to wear during the ceremony, and you can attach the portable tuner to your video camera if you have a shoe-mount. If not, there are other ways to get the audio into your camera but I won't go into details here. During the ceremony, you can record the crystal clear sound through the wireless microphone and capture the emotion of the vows.

If your camera only allows for one sound channel, you could have the minister also wear your microphone, and he should be in range to pick up the vows through the microphone.

Another option is to use a shot gun microphone if you do not have a wireless microphone. This also attachs to either a tripod directly or to the shoe-mount on your camera and providing you are close enough you can record the vows through this. It will also be great to pick up the audio for the minister or any other speakers, ie: Bible readings or prayers or speeches.

The important thing to remember is that there is no good having awesome looking video without decent audio. Audio makes the difference to the end product and if the audio is bad the viewing experience will not be pleasant.

Using a wireless microphone to record audio.


At 10:00 PM, Blogger Maximum Advantage said...

With the shotgun mics - they work heaps better when they are turned on (particularly useful if you didn't notice the on/off switch and expect they are just passive) - oops :)

At 1:06 AM, Blogger Matt D said...

Ah, yes, accidents like this can happen to those inexperienced with all of the pressures and issues to think about when filming a wedding. There is only one chance to do it right, and then the moment is gone....unless captured on video.

A good backup is to get a digital audio recorder and plug it into the sound-desk. Get a recording of everything coming through the PA if possible.


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