How to Protect the Microphone from Wind Noise

You’re on-location filming and your using a shotgun mic on a boom pole to capture dialog.  Suddenly, the wind gusts at just the right moment and the perfect take is lost due to wind noise on the mic. Fortunately, there are a number of windscreen options out there that can help reduce or practically eliminate wind noise altogether.

Boom mic with foam windscreen
Boom mic with foam windscreen

Foam windscreens that usually come with the mic are designed for use indoors. For example, they help reduce noise if drafts of air blow on the mic from an air conditioner.  It’s not a good choice outdoors. Continue reading “How to Protect the Microphone from Wind Noise”

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Using the Zoom H5 Handheld Recorder On-Location

Zoom H5 Handheld Recorder
The Zoom H5 Handheld Recorder

Recently, we were filming on-location at a lake.  I needed to get natural sound ambience for the edit so I got out my Zoom H5 Handheld Recorder.  It was a little breezy and I could hear wind noise in the mics so I put the furry cat windscreen on and was able to record great sound. You can use the H5 in a variety of situations including second system sound, sound effects, recording ambience and more. Continue reading “Using the Zoom H5 Handheld Recorder On-Location”

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