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Old June 25th, 2007, 09:12 PM   #1
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Shotgun or Lapel for Interviews

I'm doing a series of small carpeted room, controlled-environment interviews. It takes me forever to set up my AudioTechnica wireless lapel (ATW R100x). I also hate risking interference when I don't need to be wireless. I'm leaning toward using my Rode VideoMic shotgun, which would be five feet away from both (seated) speakers. Am I a rebel for thinking this way? Will the sound suffer, or actually improve with the shotgun?
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Old June 25th, 2007, 09:25 PM   #2
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I would shoot both on seperate channels. I recently did a last minute interview and only had one shotgun and it worked fine. However, I would have preferred two.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 09:32 PM   #3
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I think it would really be wise to use both the shotgun and the lav.
I find a shotgun a little too roomy unless the placement is just right and many times shots can be too wide for you to work that mic in nice and close.
I think the shotgun is a great back-up for when interference may raise it's
ugly head. It takes a few extra minutes to set up both mics, but it will only take one time for the extra effort to save your butt that you'll never go without it again.

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Old June 27th, 2007, 08:45 PM   #4
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If your subject is stationary, my own preference is to used a wired, not wireless, lav. A 20 foot XLR cable allows for plenty of distance between camera and subject. Use the shotgun, too, by all means.

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