Recording A Phone Interview

by Dick Reizner, digitalVideo Magazine

Phone Pickup

During an interview assignment some time ago, the producer decided to have the video subject make a telephone call to one of his clients and asked if both ends of the conversation could be captured. No specialized phone recording equipment was handy, so the problem was solved by thinking “inside the box.” Crew members taped a microphone to the speaker of another phone on the same line, then emptied one of the small equipment cases and placed the second phone inside. The lid was gently closed so as not to cut the wires. The case’s egg-crate foam surrounded the microphone and insulated it from room noise. A lavaliere microphone on the interview subject picked up the local end of the conversation.

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