Basic Audio Techniques

This quick-start guide will help you configure your camera to record high-quality audio on set.

Basic Audio Techniques

Developed by Jason Tomaric, FilmSkills

Audio is the second half of the moviegoing experience, and its one of the biggest problems in independent movies. In this lesson, you will learn the basics of choosing a microphone and configuring your camera to get excellent audio on set.

  • 15:23 video
  • Illustrated companion text
  • The objective of recording audio on set
  • How to choose a microphone
  • How to use a shotgun microphone
  • How to work with lavaliers
  • Line and Mic level inputs
  • Working with phantom power
  • How to set your sample rate and bit depth
  • How to properly set the levels
  • Secrets to recording actors with varying loudness
  • How to record dialogue scenes
  • How to record room tone
  • How to work with props and footsteps
Jason Tomaric

Jason Tomaric

Director, Cinematographer Los Angeles, California
Jason J. Tomaric is an Emmy, Telly, and CINE Award-winning director and cinematographer of four internationally-distributed feature films, dozens of national television commercials, music videos, and the largest film training content library in the world, published author of 8 books - used in many top universities, and creator of, an industry-changing learning management platform. 
Jason has worked in Los Angeles and around the world in over 20 countries. His clients include Disney, NBC/Universal, National Geographic, McDonald’s, Toyota, Scion, Microsoft, and Paul Mitchell, with narrative work screened at Sundance, Slamdance, and South by Southwest film festivals as well as on Netflix and on all broadcast networks.
Jason has taught and/or guest lectured at some of the nation's most prestigious film schools including UCLA, Columbia College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, San Francisco State, University of Notre Dame, and numerous film festivals.
Jason has written eight industry-defining books, all sold in bookstores, and used in film schools around the world. The American Society of Cinematographers hails Jason's books - "There are no wasted words in Tomaric's tome, which concisely summarizes each facet of the director's craft.  It's difficult to think of a step in the process that Tomaric fails to address." 
Jason’s DVD training series on Hollywood film production have trained filmmakers in over 40 countries, with distributors in Europe, Hong Kong, New York and Australia.
In 2010, Jason launched FilmSkills, which combines the world’s largest film training video library with his proprietary learning management system.  Adopted by 47 universities within the first year, FilmSkills is now the leading industry-standard training solution for motion picture and television production.
In 2015, Jason launched, an industry-changing learning management platform that bridges the gap between academia and industry.