Recording audio for an interview: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Get great interview audio on location.

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Having clear, crisp audio tracks is essential for effective corporate videos, commercials, documentaries—and particularly critical for interview footage. Audiences are often willing to forgive small technical mistakes with video, but far less so with problematic audio.

This week we’ll set up to shoot an interview, and look at ways to improve audio recording quality on location. It’s easy to focus solely on capturing great visuals while shooting an interview; but audio that’s hard to hear, distorted, or runs together between interviewer and subject can quickly ruin a production–and possibly even require a reshoot. To help you capture the best audio with interview footage, this week we’ll discuss:

• Why good audio is essential to an interview
• How to place microphones for the best results
• Best practices for positioning the interviewee, interviewer, and crew
• Interview techniques including making your subject comfortable, having questions prepared, and not talking over your subject’s answers


Often you’ll only have one chance to get interview audio right, so check out this week’s episode so you’ll be prepared before your next shoot. Remember, each week’s episode is free for seven days–tell your video and photography friends to watch for free.

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2 Responses to “Recording audio for an interview: DSLR Video Tips

  1. brene ashley says:

    hi i work a an university making videos about various inventions/companies and recording class presentations. I wanted to know of a good audio system that would work for capturing audio straight to my Canon 5D Mark iii instead of using what I have now, a bluetooth mic/receiver. I need something that would work even when there is more than one presenter at a time. help please!

  2. Audio Visual says:

    Great post! Been reading a lo about AV tips recently. Thanks for the info!

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