Shooting a wedding video appears very straightforward: you open the camera, make some adjustments to the settings, and press the record button. Unfortunately, it is far more complicated than that. You have to deal with people moving around and changing lighting intensities while you move from place to place. Moreover, you have to gather the sounds that come with the event as well. In this regard, here are the things you need to have in mind in regards to recording audio for the wedding video:
1. Prioritizing what to record
Just like how capturing a video is not as simple as pressing the record button, so is audio recording not just a matter of pushing a single button. Remember that a wedding has many sounds in it, from the speeches and statements of the couple, the music that accompanies their walk down the aisle, the voice of the emcee, the laughter of children, to the romantic songs, and more. You will be unable to capture all of these sounds at the same time even if you patch a recording microphone unto the DJ’s sound system.
Thus, it would help if you asked the wedding couple what kinds of sounds they want you to capture as you record. You should prioritize the voice of the groom and bride by adding lapels unto their chest. You can make a decorative pin to make the lapel mic blend in with the couple’s clothes.
2. The ways and means (logistics) of recording
If you want to record as much high-quality sound as possible during the event, then you may have to make an ocular inspection of the wedding venue at least months before the big day. Rent an audio system from an external provider and have it installed in the venue if the site of the wedding ceremony does not have one. Does the venue’s sound system have a direct recording output device? If so, you may have to obtain the permission of its owner before you use it for your wedding.
At least three days before the ceremony, test the audio system to make sure that it works. Fix any technical problems that you may encounter. Once the audio input and output devices are in good working order, you would have to prepare the appropriate cables that will link the audio input devices with your video. Simply plugging in a random audio jack would result in a chaotic audio recording.
3. Synchronizing your audio recording
Even as there will be much output and recording devices at the wedding, you will still need to have these devices record sounds simultaneously as you pan your video camera elsewhere. To help you achieve synchronized recording, turn on each device attached to the audio input several minutes before the event starts. Then approach a corner in the venue that all cameras can see. Take a flash photo in front of all the cameras. When you edit the video and audio mix, line up all the resulting video and audio files that each camera captured along the frame that contains your flash photo. With this technique, you can ditch the hassle of setting a timecode.
4. Sharpness of sounds
The more recorders you have gathering audio data, the more noise you are certainly going to pick up. To get the sharpest sounds possible, you will need to manipulate and vary the volume of the output devices attached to your audio recording system. For example, the DJ can adjust the volume of the lapel attached to the bride if she is going to make a statement. Once the bride finishes talking, the DJ could adjust the volume of the background music so that the recording device attached to the unit that amplifies the background music would also pick up.
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