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Advice on recording interviews for archive-VIdeo? Audio? Mixer?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: July 24, 2022 10:31PM
An organization I'm involved with wants to record interviews with some of the members for an archive we're setting up.

My initial thought is to record a 4K video with an iPhone on a tripod, with a lavalier mic for the subject and a lavalier mic for me (conducting the interview), with some kind of mixer between the lapel mics and the iPhone. Any thoughts on how plausible this is, or what kind of mixer to get?

Alternatively, I'm thinking of just doing an audio recording. In that case I'm thinking one of the Zoom recorders and a pair of XLR mics. Any thoughts on that?

Thanks!
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Re: Advice on recording interviews for archive-VIdeo? Audio? Mixer?
Posted by: August West
Date: July 24, 2022 11:01PM
My partner is a singer, during the pandemic we shot video on the iphone and used second system sound. I have the ability to record 4 pro grade tracks(in this case only using one). Final results were professional broadcast quality after the various performers were combined.

Is this just spoken voice? What is the final format? What does the organization expect?



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Re: Advice on recording interviews for archive-VIdeo? Audio? Mixer?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 25, 2022 07:28AM
dunno much about the audio of an iPho. I assume they have a mic or line level jack?

Perhaps some reading here.
[www.podcastinsights.com]
[www.sweetwater.com]
All the makers on those pages make decent products for the $.

I'd suggest a 4 mic chan mixer, if only for the possibility of more humans at once. Some have USB outputs that perhaps could be used with the lightning connector.

[www.sweetwater.com]

Shure, Senn, AT, Rodes all make good mics for the $.


Unless the budget is higher.?



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Re: Advice on recording interviews for archive-VIdeo? Audio? Mixer?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: July 25, 2022 08:05AM
From what I have read and experienced, a very big component of good audio recording is the environment/space where the audio is recorded. The type of microphone and the support equipment for it will be different depending on what environment.

Outdoors, windy, ambient noise, echo-filled room?
Well-treated indoor quiet space?
Is the interviewee comfortable dealing with a lapel mic or is prone to brushing against it or talking well away from it?

I'd settle first on what recording space and mics before planning more into equipment that needs to drive the mics.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/25/2022 08:06AM by TheTominator.
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Re: Advice on recording interviews for archive-VIdeo? Audio? Mixer?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: July 25, 2022 10:25AM
If you decide to record audio only, take photos/stills of the subject. Then hit them with "Ken Burns" effect?



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Re: Advice on recording interviews for archive-VIdeo? Audio? Mixer?
Posted by: August West
Date: July 25, 2022 02:43PM
I'll just add that depending on your location, you might be able to rent equipment.



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