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DSLR Cinema by Kurt Lancaster

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CHAPTER 5

Recording Quality Audio with DSLRs: Yes, It’s Possible!

RECORD SOUND LIKE A FILMMAKER

Lancaster law of sound: No one can watch a film if the audio sounds bad. No matter how good the image, poor sound quality will block your viewers from ever appreciating the image. Do not ever skimp on sound. It is the most important element in scenes with dialog. In fact, you can present a fairly poor image and if the audio is spot on, people will enjoy the movie—more so than good images accompanied by bad sound. Bad sound is a dead giveaway that the film was made by an amateur.

With DSLR cameras, it’s pretty easy to get bad sound. But with some basic knowledge and the proper tools, the DSLR shooter can record great audio. Dialog should never be ...

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