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Television Sports Production, 5th Edition by Jim Owens

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Chapter 9Audio Production

Our goal is to capture the emotions of the game. You might not hear everything said, but you do hear the emotion, which is what audio is all about for sports.

Kevin Cleary, Senior Audio Producer, ESPN remote production

Audio is one of the least appreciated yet most important aspects of television. Audio can make or break a production. In order to be prepared to capture the highest-quality audio, there are a number of questions that need to be asked:

  • What does the audience need to hear? In order for the audience to hear the necessary audio, who and what needs to have a microphone?
  • Is the sound source moving?
  • Can the microphones appear in the shot?
  • Must the television audio be coordinated with the public address audio ...

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