Chapter 3

Preproduction Planning

For many programs, the quality of the sound picked up on location is the principal determining factor in the overall sound quality. There are a number of decisions that go into producing a program, many of which must be made before production starts in earnest. The most obvious are things like which camera to use, whether to record sound single-system if the camera capabilities allow it, when to record sound double-system and how to set up a dedicated audio recorder, and how to assign crew positions or responsibilities on set so that each job that needs to be done is taken care of. However, other decisions that affect the sound quality of a program are often made with no thought given to their implications on ...

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