Best solution is always this: get good sound in the first place. Bottom line, after a few mistakes you'll begin to understand the limits of your sound recording system and begin to act / shoot accordingly. Can't stress this enough. Turn off the refrigerator, air conditioner, heating system, etc., or move to a more quiet location. If you know you've got a bad transient background sound (like a nearby bus going by) happening, get your subject to say the line again.
Lavalier mics work because of the 'promimity effect' - the mic is close to the sound-making device - the speaker's mouth. Shotgun mics (either on a boom pole or on the camera) work with both proximity and the cancellation tube. A cancellation tube gathers unwanted sound from behind the mic as well as from the front, and the two wave signals together cancel each other out mathematically. Bottom line: get whatever mic you've got as close to the mouth of your speaker (or where the speaker's voice most strongly emanates, as in the PA system for presentations) as possible, be conscious of background sounds and deal with 'em, and hope for the best. The hardest parts of getting good sound are to train your consciousness to be aware of the background sounds, and then, to know what's a problem and what isn't. That's why they pay production sound mixers the big bucks (not). It takes years to learn all that, maintain the consciousness steadily 14 hours at a shot, and keep all the problem-solving tricks of the trade handy - like how to shut off the compressor in a commercial cooler (requires some dissembly). XO, Jan On 11/29/06, Obreahny O'Brien <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > I thought this was really cool: > > http://www.paulcolligan.com/2006/10/17/levelator-hack-1-levelate-your-garageband-podcast-in-4-simple-steps/ > You can levelate your garageband podcast to improve sound quality. I just > got my mac today, so i'm going to play around with that. > > On 11/28/06, Kary Rogers <[EMAIL PROTECTED] <kr%40kmrogers.net>> wrote:>> > I've used Levelator with good results. The specific cases that I used> it > for were recordings at a theatre with nothing but the built in> camera > microphone. You could hear the audience laughing easily but the> people on > stage, not so much. I extracted the audio, ran it through> Levelator and > then imported the resulting "levelated" audio file.>> > http://www.gigavox.com/levelator>> HTH,>> -kr>> On Nov 28, 2006, at 8:42 > PM, Angus McIntyre wrote:>> > Can anyone recommend a tool for improving > sound quality on recorded> > video? Something that's optimized for speech > would be the preferred> > choice, and Macintosh freeware would be ideal. A > friend wants to> > clean up a recording of a presentation and says that the > speaker's> > voice is almost unintelligible due to poor recording quality.> > >> > The picture apparently isn't great either - I haven't seen or heard> > > the footage myself, I'm only going by what she says - so any hints or> > > tools that might improve the appearance of poor-quality camcorder> > footage > would also be welcome.> >> > Thanks,> >> > Angus>> --> Kary Rogers> > http://karyhead.com>> >-- [Non-text portions of this message have been > removed] > > __________________________________________________________ > Check the weather nationwide with MSN Search: Try it now! > http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=weather&FORM=WLMTAG > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] > > > -- The Faux Press - better than real http://fauxpress.blogspot.com [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]