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Audio is one of the most important factors on any film set, but for most people it is one of the biggest headaches! Most times your on camera audio is not enough. We rent a variety of products at The Lens Depot to help you achieve the best audio. The Rode NTG-2 Shotgun Microphone Kit, can be used for indoor and outdoor applications. It definitely comes in handy when you run into situations where a Lav Mic may not be ideal and you need crisp clear audio. The rental comes with a windscreen to block out that harsh wind noise you get from recording outside or air conditioning vents when recording inside. You can mount it on your camera or with the Aluminum Boompole With Internal XLR Cable it can extend out over your subject. If you need to use the boompole, but don't have the extra hand to hold it, you can rent the Avenger C Stand With Arm Grip and mount it!
You may not know this, but we also carry a Sennheiser Wireless Handheld Microphone System which comes in handy in an interview situation. Lose the cord and look more professional! The receiver plugs right into your camera or your audio recorder. If you have a sit down interview and want to be hands free, you can rent the Sennheiser Wireless Microphone System.
After you select your mic consider picking up something like the Zoom H4n Audio Recorder or the Tascam DR-60D Audio Recorder, which will give you several options in controlling your audio output and give you room to record multiple channels of audio as well.
Want to film your own documentary, but just don't know where to start? I am going to give you 5 essential tools that will put you on the right track to start filming your first documentary starting today! Knowing what you need sometimes can be more difficult than shooting the documentary itself. There are many different setups you can go with, but this setup is quick and it's very compact and portable!
#1 Canon C100 EOS Cinema Camera has made its mark as an affordable portable cinema camera. What makes this camera perfect for documentary film making is the fact that it has so many options built right in. The camera comes with a handle with 2 XLR inputs and a shotgun mount. It also features built in filters, so you won't have to worry about carrying around a filter case.
#2 Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L ll Lens became one of Canon's most popular best selling lenses. This lens is perfect for almost any situation which makes it a power house, because you have such a good range for landscape and portrait type shots. It's also a low light champ at f/2.8!
#3 Rode NTG-2 Shotgun Mic is a great all around mic with it's ease of use and beautiful sound you cannot go wrong. What also makes this mic so great is that it can run on Phantom Power (power from the camera) or it can be powered by a single AA battery. When you rent it at The Lens Depot it also comes with a windscreen.
#4 SDXC 128gb Memory Card UHS-l U1 will give you all the storage you need for the C100. 128gb amounts to approximately 8-12 hours of recording time!
#5 Fluid Head 500A and Tripod 502AM Manfrotto is light, durable, and smooth. You always need the ability to grab some nice stationary, pan, and tilt shots. What makes this tripod so desirable is that it is very lightweight and when you rent it from The Lens Depot it comes in a case with a strap, so you can just wear it over your shoulder.
These 5 tools are the only tools you need to truly get started with filming your documentary! Not only is this a starter kit, but it's a professional kit and that means whatever you are shooting with this set will be professional quality. This whole set is available for rent from The Lens Depot.