After my 30 day shoot with the C100 and posting my likes and dislikes, I found that I was getting a lot of questions about what kind of mic I was using and what my overall strategy was regarding getting good quality audio in the field. So, I thought I would do a quick overview of how I set the camera up for sound.
Because Dean and I work as a two-person crew, Dean has to wear many hats and often steps in as an assistant director and kid/animal wrangler. When we’re not shooting lengthy in-depth interviews, scripted host segments or other elements with tricky audio, we’ll often rely on the camera mic to gather all the sound we need – so it has to do a pretty good job of it.
The Sennheiser ME64 is a great all-around camera mic. It’s perfect for general b-reel and grabbing the odd quick interview or soundbite on my own if I’m in nice and tight. The sound quality matches quite nicely with all the other stuff Dean is recording. We also mount a G2 wireless receiver. This the primary way Dean feeds audio to the camera from his mixer. It’s just so much easier and quicker just to turn it on and go rather than connecting and un-connecting audio. Plus, I’m much happier not being tethered to Dean and I’m sure he feels the same way. If we do encounter the occasional hit or dropout on the wireless signal, Dean always has a backup recording we can go to if needed.
On a side note, I really like to keep everything on my camera nice and tight – nothing lose, hanging off, bouncing around etc – it makes me crazy. I have all my audio cables made specifically for each camera I use. I get them the perfect length so there’s no extra weight or cable in my way, and I generally add right-angle XLR connectors so they lay nice and flat. Don’t hesitate to ask at your local camera shop for the same thing. Just take your camera and whatever mic or receiver you want to connect and have them measure everything and make some up for you. It’s quite inexpensive and well worth it!
To learn more about camera mounted mics in general and why the ME64 is our choice for a great shotgun, check out this video we posted a few months ago – lots of great info from Dean!