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Can´t describe how I love this website! What an awesome idea!
My question is: I´ve been on set operating shotgun microphones before but, because of budget limitations and the fact it has always been independent productions, I´ve always used the mic directly plugged into the camera.
Now I´m about to go to set again and, this time, I will use a portable audio recorder. It seems pretty simple at first but I´d really like to hear some advices on what, refering to the operation of the equipment, should I be aware of this first time. I will get it and practice a little before the recording begins but, still, there are some tips only experience teaches us.
Would you guys be so kind to give me some advices on this lovely machine?
If the recorder has a time code input, I would suggest you also get a wireless timecode transmission system. That way the recorder can lock to the camera's time code and they will have a common time stamp. It's much easier to sync up in post that way.
Make sure you also know how to switch which tracks feed your headphones. If you're going to record more than 2 tracks, you're definitely going to need to be able to quickly switch between channels for monitoring.
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Knowing which recorder would be important. Also, you will want the recorder to be the master timecode, not the camera.
There are a lot of things to know to do it right. Everything from proper levels to naming tracks so post knows what they're looking at and listening to.
If you could let us know as much as possible about what recorder, which lavs, and anything else would be helpful.