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With a complement of microphones and an audio mixer, as well as a professional grade boom microphone, I generally get good audio. Still, a level adjustment is often needed in post when speakers turn away from microphones, and to match levels between speakers. I have developed efficient techniques to compensate in post, and have added a hardware compressor/limiter to my audio gear to further reduce the need for such post production work.


Camera Equipment

Panasonic AG DVC-200 Professional Camcorder

  • 1/2" 410,000 Pixels IT 3-CCD
  • First 1/2" camcorder to record on large DV tape Ideal for multimedia production, newsgathering, business and education uses
  • Over 4 hours of digital component recording on large DV Tape Resolution 800 lines, 62 dB SN and very low smear
  • Interchangeable 1/2" bayonet mount lenses
  • Sensitivity F11 @ 2000 lux, minimum .5 lux, +36 dB gain
  • Professional full-size design
  • Digital Process: skin detail, black stretch, auto knee, coring
  • Color phase control and color effect
  • IEEE 1394 DV interface (digital input and output)
  • Built-in color bar generator, Anton/Bauer Gold mount
  • 1.5" Monochrome viewfinder (Optional)
  • Color playback capability

Canon YH13X7.5K12U lens

13:1 manual servo zoom lens f1.4 7.5 to 105mm


Sachtler DV-8 Tripod System

Sachtler System DV 8 Aluminum Tripod Kit with DV 8 II Fluid Head, DA 75 L Tripod, On Ground Spreader & Hard Case, Maximum Load 22.0 Lbs

Varizoom VZ PG-C Zoom Control

This top of the line pistol-grip control for Canon pro lenses utilizes the finest components and has a beautifully machined aluminum housing and articulated clamp. The dual-variable circuit allows for the finest degree of zoom speed control.

Audio Equipment

Mackie 1402 VLZ Pro Mixer

This mixer gives me 6 very low noise microphone inputs with equalization and extra headroom. With the addition of a direct box, I can use the sub-mix or control room output to feed a house PA system through any available mic jack all the while maintaining proper levels to my camera's XLR input, record deck, or digital hard disk capture.


Sennheiser ME 66 Shotgun Microphone

The ME 66 is a short gun microphone capsule designed for use with the K6 and K6P powering modules. It is especially suitable for reporting, film, and broadcast location applications and for picking up quiet signals in noisy or acoustically live environments as it discriminates against sound not emanating from the main pick-up direction. I use this microphone shock mounted on camera or on a boom.

EV Polarchoice gooseneck for podium or panel

The PolarChoice family allows you to choose the pattern which works best in the enviorment where it is to be used just by turning a screw switch you can choose between Omni, Cardioid, Supercardioid and Hypercardioid patterns. No other microphone offers this advantage all in one microphone. I have four of these microphones with table stands.

Shure SM58 Wireless Handheld Microphone

UHF Series - Single Wireless Microphone System with Diversity Receiver and U2 Handheld Tramnsmitter Featuring the SM58 Cardioid Microphone.

Audio-technica Freeway 200 Series Wireless Lavaliere

Non-diversity, single-channel dual antenna VHF system with 1/4" output with surprising good range and quality. I have two of these units with lavaliere body packs.


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