Chapter 4. Sound Recording

There is certainly something magical in the silent films of years gone by and the stunning modern work on 8mm film. Yet wedding films, made with old film or modern technology, but without audio, leave us to use our imaginations as we see a wedding day unfold. The artistry is compelling, but if you are interested in creating a legacy with the gift of voices, you need to become proficient in recording sound.

Sound Recording
Audio takes a still image and gives it historic context

Figure 4.1. Audio takes a still image and gives it historic context

No matter what kind of Fusion project you are tackling, having great sound will set you apart. Good quality sound equals good quality production, and helps you stand out as a professional in Fusion. Each of the cameras we discussed in Chapter 3 has a built-in microphone, but in order to get great audio, we don't recommend relying on just the builtin microphone to deliver your audio.

One of the biggest issues of working with audio and HDSLRs is that there is no way to use headphones and listen to the sound as it is being recorded. Listening is important because without the ability to monitor your input levels, you have no way of knowing if you are getting good audio or awful audio. HDSLRs have something called Auto Gain Control (AGC), which adjusts the audio input automatically but does not ...

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