29 Stereo: mics and placement

Stereo acquisition should not to be undertaken without forethought and planning. There has been much discussion/argument/disagreement amongst professionals over the best way to handle stereo acquisition on location. It mainly centres on the relationship of the sound to the picture. Shooting a sequence, the viewpoint/camera angle changes between each shot; the burning question is – should the sound perspective change to match the visual perspective of each frame? A simple example (as transmitted on one Australian soap) illustrates what happens if we go down this road (Figure 29.1).

Shooting singles of the characters with the mic positioned as for a monaural recording, the fountain switches sides on each cut. This ...

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