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Old March 31st, 2010, 12:28 AM   #16
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Adding to the wisdom gathered so far ....

Did a 2 camera shoot recently of a conference. The close-up cam had the crowd mic plugged in to it, and the wide-shot cam had the wireless lapel mic receiver plugged in.

Not really the best idea.

If I had plugged the lapel mic in to the close-up camera, lip-synch issues would be non-existent (in a way) as you can only detect this when you are looking at the close-up footage.

Of course we line up and synch both tracks before doing a multi-cam edit ... but you get what I mean.

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Old March 31st, 2010, 09:42 PM   #17
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The worst thing I've had to deal with so far is shooting a 10 hour concert (10 different bands) with three cameras, one of which captured no audio at all. This was before I discovered the joys of free run time code so we had no other (easy) way to sync the tapes other than the audio.

We had been switching some settings around, switching mics, and somehow in the craziness of the day had that camera set to capture via an external mic, but didn't have a mic hooked up. What can I say, I'm really good at syncing tape now, and lip reading too.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 12:32 AM   #18
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At least when you have all cameras recording audio, you can synch things pretty well via looking at the wave form of the audio.

Nonetheless, I feel your pain.

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