Whether you are capturing a live event, broll or an interview; there are some precautions you can take as videographer that can make your job easier. Whenever I am recording both sound and video at a live event and I am moving about, I like to plug in my Tascam field recorder directly into the sound source. If that sound source is a mixer I will plug into it. Field recorders run off of batteries or AC. At my shoots I do not have the opportunity to plug into the wall so I am forced to use my batteries. One thing that is nice though, is that if your recorder can accept usb, then you can use a usb battery pack to run your device. The usb battery pack supplies the recorder with enough power that I do not need to check on it every hour like I would if it was running off of AA batteries. If for some reason the usb battery pack loses power, the recorder than receives its power from the AA batteries. This is a huge success for me and my video production workflow.
Using the usb battery pack can save you many headaches. For one, you can rely on it for a whole day for recording. Two, there may be times when you can’t check on your device because of certain situations. You may be in a church for a whole hour and you can’t leave your spot to check on your recorder, or you may be at a convention where the device is behind the stage. The price of these packs are not bad either. I bought mine for around $40.
When you have the ability to record on two separate SD cards at the same time do it. I am fortunate enough that my Canon C100 allows me some really cool recording options. I can place two SD cards into the slots and have just one record and once it is finished the recording starts on the second card in the second slot. This type of recording method is called relay recording. The camera also allows you to record to both cards at the same time, which is called simultaneously recording. By recording this way, you are assured that if one card goes bad you have a backup.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.