Dual System: Production

Objective:  Perhaps as much or more than any other feature, dual-system recording distinguishes amateur from professional video.  Student teams will practice dual-system recording resulting in footage used for successive instruction in post-production.  Among other criteria, this assignment’s grading rubric privileges a low noise floor achieved by intimate microphone placement and adequate volume that avoids distortion.  Of course, your footage should reflect previous instruction in lighting, camera operation, and composition.
Submit to OneDrive: Successful completion of this project requires raw (not edited) footage and its corresponding documentation.  Upload corresponding video and audio files to a OneDrive folder already shared with your professor.  Include a copy of your footage log.
Submit to D2L:  Upload a second copy of your footage log to the appropriate assignment folder with a lighting plot, personal release, and location release.
Assessment:  Your individual grade will be averaged with other project scores.

Employing a dual-system technique, record yourself or a friend reading or reciting 30 seconds of poetry or prose in a well-lit, well-composed (1) close-up, (2) medium shot and (3) long shot.  Your footage should demonstrate an understanding of the 30/20 and 180° rules.  Make sure the performer’s mouth is plainly visible.  The most successful filmmakers will conform to the following protocol:

    1. Prepare your camera for shooting by configuring (to the degree your equipment permits) frame rate (23.976 fps), aspect ratio (16:9), shutter speed (1/50), white balance, focus, ISO, and exposure.
    2. Prepare your audio device for recording by configuring (to the degree your equipment permits) file type (.wav), sampling rate (48kHz), bit depth (24 bit), mode (stereo).  In rehearsal with your performer, set record levels for an average of -6dBFS.
    3. Record one minute of room tone for each shooting location.  Enter the file number in your footage log.
    4. Turn on the camera.  Make sure it is recording both video and audio.  Even though your camera’s audio will likely be of low quality, a robust audio waveform from the camera will nevertheless make post-production synchronization easier.
    5. Turn on the audio recording device.
    6. Clap for synchronization such that the clap is plainly visible on camera.
    7. Wait for ten seconds of silence (head).
    8. Recite/read for 30 seconds.
    9. Wait for ten seconds of silence (tail).
    10. Turn off the audio recording device.
    11. Turn off the camera.
    12. Record file numbers in your footage log.
    13. Repeat for multiple takes.  No less than a 6:1 shooting ratio is expected.