On Location: Using Microphones

The type of microphone to use out-of-doors depends on whether the microphone is allowed to be in shot. It is usually perfectly acceptable in interviews for the microphone to be visible. In drama situations, most certainly not!

Microphone in shot

The two major problems are likely to be wind noise and handling noise. As a general rule omnidirectional microphones are less affected by handling noise than cardioids and they are usually less prone to the effects of wind on the diaphragm, although wind shields are almost certainly going to be needed unless winds are very light. For interviews a further advantage of an omni microphone is that there is no need for accurate pointing towards the speaker. Such a microphone ...

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