A look at microphones and gear for filming news reports and documentaries during the pandemic.
A demonstration for how to safely make Mobile Journalism.
I use a lightweight boom pole, wireless mics and a mini tripod to operate a lightweight field rig for #MOJO interviews in the field. (The gear list is further down in this post)
Notice the split-track audio setup.
This rig gives me the ability to record two audio sources: Myself and an interview subject, for example, if you add the Røde SC6-L adapter I show that in the Split Track Audio video of the Gear page .
With this rig I will always be ready to safely capture audio and use the mic for live reporting and capturing VOX pop sound bites from people at a scene
How to best capture audio from a safe distance for interviews?
This video takes a deeper dive look at the gear used to film news reports and documentaries during the pandemic.
Wireless mic boom pole interview kit
- Compact Wireless transmitter
- Compact shotgun mic
- Mini Windjammer
- Micro Boom Pole
- Camvate Adapter
- Smallrig Mount
- TRS Adapter Cable
- Grip to hold phone
- Small tripod
- Shoulderpod H1
- Røde SC6-L adapter
Mics are the most valuable pieces and will serve you a long time.
Avoid the cheap copies from unknown brands. They will break when you need them most. This can be a hard lesson to learn.
Fred Bever of Maine Public Radio adds:
This is great. As a mostly-audio guy, I would add that instead of using the iPhone video function you can use the “voice memo” app.
That makes air-worthy audio as an mp3 or mp4, so it’s easy to transmit via email. And if your subject is elsewhere and has access to more than one phone, voice-memo is a great way to get better-than-cell phone and better-than-VoIP sound without even being in the same place. So you interview your subject on one phone, and he or she uses a separate iPhone on voice-memo as a mic and audio recorder.