May 6, 2018
Lav mics are a great tool for recording decent dialogue. Here’s how to use them.
Lavalier microphones, or “lavs” as the cool kids call them, are an essential piece of sound equipment in filmmaking. When booms would be distracting or visible in the shot, lavs not only let you get a mic nice and close to your subject’s mouth but they also allow your subject to go pretty much anywhere they want without requiring a boom operator to follow closely behind.
So, how do you use these things? This video from Creative North shares a handful of helpful tips on how to mount and hide lavs, as well as how to cut down on noise when your subject moves around. Check it out below.
There are several obstacles that can make mic-ing your subject with a lav a little tricky, but here are some tips that might help you out: