Programme production and audio

Many news and magazine items are shot by a single operator. The cameraman is responsible for pictures, lighting and audio. This section of the manual deals with audio that is recorded in this way although this does not mean the control of audio should be passed over to the ubiquitous auto gain. No cameraman would be happy with a camera that had no viewfinder, simply an auto composition/auto shot selection button. This is the visual equivalent of auto gain – allowing the camera to make all the audio decisions.

Television programme sound can have a significant emotional effect on the audience and yet remain quite unnoticeable. Someone once said that whereas an image is a statement, sound is a suggestion. Sound does ...

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