How to Use a Lavalier Microphone
So now we're going to talk about Lecavalier's and these are really great microphones for interview situations or maybe you're doing more of a documentary on, on the run type of things and you're able to use wireless laV packs that you just clip onto your subject, they have a mic on and you can be as far away with the camera and still get great audio from them speaking. You don't need to always have a shock and mike really close to them. There are also wired logs that are good for interviews like this. But at that point we really recommend bringing in a shotgun microphone. The ultimate is to have both a shotgun mic and a lovelier. So you can get audio from both of them and to mix them together. One limitation or sort of difficulty with love letters is that you don't always have somewhere to place them. You know, today we're wearing collared shirts because it's really easy to clip love in here and hide them at the same time. Maybe I'm moving around, you would start to get movement from t...
hat and it can make a scratching noise on your cavalier a lot of times in running gun situations, you run into this where yes, everyone has leaves on and you're getting audio, but then someone starts running or someone starts doing something or someone starts scratching themselves. It ruins all of your audio. So having a shotgun microphone that's external to all that is really the best way and, and easiest way to make sure you're getting clean audio. But if you are going to use the lava layer, make sure that you have a subject that has something that you can clip onto because you're gonna need to hide the microphone granted. Sometimes people just clip it right on the front and that's fine. But To make it more professional looking, we recommend hiding it uh, down below. So typically go right around the sternum, uh 68" from the mouth pointed up. These microphones are typically omnidirectional meaning they capture all, all sounds coming from here. So as long as the mouth is the loudest thing here, you should be able to get decent audio. You don't want to place it too far up because you'll get closer to the throat and a lot more of those basic sounds from, from the throat at the same time too far away, you won't hear the subject very well, necklaces are something to watch out for as well because I've had those sometimes hitting against the lovelier. And if they're just wearing a plain shirt and you don't want to just show the microphone clipped onto them. Either get a little bit of tape, you can use body tape, which is less painful to rip off or you can use normal scotch tape and just sort of hide it and tape it to their skin. And another tip is that if you don't want to show the microphone, but they're wearing a shirt. Maybe just get a slightly tighter shot and just frame out where the microphone is. That way. You know, you can still get clean audio, you might have to be a little bit closer in, but maybe you're doing a white shot also, where it's less obvious that they have a microphone clip to their shirt. The most important thing to do is to be monitoring or listening to the audio you're getting, they can be great, but the second someone starts scratching or something, you need to know that you're knocking that audio and ask them to either stop or reposition the mic so it doesn't get that ruffling sound on it.