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Old May 22nd, 2006, 03:11 PM   #1
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Audio Question re Shooting A Group

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I have to shoot a group of kids in a "round-table" type discussion, some in chairs, some sitting on the floor. I don't plan on using (because I don't have one) a boom mic. Obviously I can't mic all 40 kids. I imagine that if I use my XL2's onboard shotgun mic I 'll be able to get some of the discussion, as well as a lot of general room noise (which I don't want). I also don't want to be running all over the place jamming the cam/mic in their faces. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 10:34 AM   #2
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Moved to NHT from XL2 for better exposure.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 10:44 AM   #3
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kids talking

do you have any wireless stick mics?
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 10:49 AM   #4
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I would favour trying to get hold of some good pressure zone mikes, one on the floor, another on a small coffee table up off the floor. Some of the videoconferencing mikes are not too bad these days.
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Boundary mics, (often confused with Crown's PZM's) will work well for this, alternatively you could suspend a few rental omni mics feeding a mixer, mixer feeding cam. A boom with good operator would work for this as well, if you could keep the boom op out of the frame.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 11:44 AM   #6
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Thanks Chris.

Peter - Nope, havn't any wireless mics but will look into them.

Bob & DSE - Many thanks for your suggestions as well. I'll get busy and do some research.

Thanks again to all.

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