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Sound Recording
The sound track of a video is often the most important component. Weak or distorted sound, or a high level of unwanted background noise immediately marks the video out as unprofessional and viewers are unlikely to continue to the end. That is why Video Foundry takes particular care with sound recording.

A critical factor in recording good quality sound is to get the microphone close to the source. There are a number of ways to achieve this, and Video Foundry will choose the best method from the following:
Lavalier Microphone

If it is acceptable for the microphone to be visible then this is a convenient and effective solution. The equipment used is shown below - the Sennheiser ME-2 microphone is powered and recorded with the TASCAM DR10-CS solid-state recorder. The later is a recently introduced device which offers important features and is built to exacting brodcast standards.

A solid state recorder such as this is a better option than a radio mic as it avoids drop-outs and interference, recording directly in 24-bit, 48 kHz digital WAV files. It records two files simultaneously, one at a lower level which can be used if clipping occurs on the higher level file. This gives exceptional dynamic range. Thus the recording level can be left fixed, and doesn't need to be set for each event. As you can see, it is exceptionally small, and can be slipped into a jacket pocket and will not be noticed.
TASCAM DR10-CS professional
              audio recorder
Shotgun Microphone

A lavalier microphone is omni-directional, which means it will pick up background noise in a noisy location. A shotgun microphone such as the Rode NTG-2 used by Video Foundry has a more directional response, and can also be shielded from wind noise by the wind shield shown on the right.
Rode
              NTG-2
Rode NTG-2 with
              Windshield
Video Foundry uses a floor standing microphone boom to support it in an optimal position, without the expense of a dedicated boom pole holder, an important way in which Video Foundry can reduce costs to you the end customer.


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