When conducting interviews or filming projects that require the audio to be a core essential of the project, please refer to using the mic recorders, “TASCAM DR-10L.” These are miniature mics that we attach to the subject. In addition to the Tascam DR-10L, we may also use the “TASCAM H4N,” a hand recorder to grab audio or the shotgun mic that can be placed on top of the G9. To emphasize, never use audio recorded straight from the camera. This may result in a failed interview or project.
When needing to keep the camera as stable as possible, please use the camera tripod, located under the coffee table by Dean’s desk. To mount it on the tripod, you will need to remove the head and screw it underneath the camera. The tripod head has a twist and turn underneath it so it should be fairly easy to attach it on. However, make sure that the silver ball that pops in and out on the tripod head doesn’t block the screen from opening. We have one tripod, but there may be occasions in which we would use two.
When conducting interviews or doing projects that may need lights to compensate for dark backgrounds, please use the lights to make sure your footage doesn’t appear flat and in some cases, disoriented. The lights are easy to set up and may take some practice getting used to. After each use, be sure to charge the batteries. All the lighting equipment can be found in the bag. To use the lights, please seek the communications specialist.
In the event that we may need to use a moving equipment for shots that may require more work, this would be the only time we use it. The Ronin S is a high-tech gimbal that we place the camera on, allowing for free maneuvering. It is rare that we may use the Ronin S, but there will be occasions in which we use it to do long-term projects. Be aware that when the camera is on top of the gimbal, it can become heavy for the user over time.