GESWhoPhoto wrote in post #18487696
In my mind, I envision using one of the DSLRs (preferably the D3400), or maybe a webcam on the PC, with two separate microphones (one for her and one for a band member), and potentially headphones, so they can tune out the surrounding noise from the concert/festival, and focus on the interview.
Anybody have some tips or suggestions?
Thank you for reading, and thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
My suggestion and I have worked a long time as a stringer for two major networks is.
Since your girl is coming out of news and hopefully knows how to do an standup interview, I would strongly suggest the following.
It's not to pricey, but not cheap and if you follow the instructions it's rugged as all heck.
Been there and done that.
SM58's for microphones, new are nice, used for half priced or less, from reputable sources on e-bay, are nicer.
A portable 4 channel battery powered mixer, figure a buck and a half new.
Buy or have built an interface cable to connect the mixer to your DSLR, talk to B&H on how to do that.
A few 15 foot XLR cables, buy the toughest you can find.
Now remember, you and her are venturing out on your own, so branding is very important, buy some microphone flags, you want your brand in every video, it's how to develop an advertising income and set's you two aside from the pack, if you or her don't do graphics, find someone who does for your flags.
As the videographer, buy yourself a durable light weight closed back headphone, actually buy two incase you lose one, you want to be able to jack into the mixer do an off site sound check, get your levels just right, mark the proper levels on the mixer with a permanent marker so you are right in the ball park when you go to shoot an interview.
Never forget great audio, is 90% of a great video.
Yes on-site the levels will be off, but by having a marked ball park setting, you will quickly notice a pot turned way too low or high and with the marks be able to tweak in it like a pro and real fast which counts as you are not going to be given a lot of time to fool around and no second takes.
If you don't get right in the can the first time, it's over you just lost it all, sorry go home and cry.
Now where do you store all this crap?
There is a device called a fanny pack, which is odd because it is commonly worn in front, that can hold your mixer and from there the cables can exit.
As for the rest of the gear, she can wear a backpack, hey at least you have help, I wish I did most of the time.
What I have described is a basic hit the road ENG package, if and when you two become successful, then you can add to that basic package more expensive things like wireless. lavs etc.
Any questions just ask.