Recording voice overs in the field

So much of what I do is down and dirty never the way I really want to do it.  An example of this is having to record voice overs in the field. When usually asked about this I say “It would be better to use a local recording studio”. When they tell me that is cost or time prohibitive I say “I have a small Protools system installed on my laptop lets set aside some time and record this right”. Then I am usually told we need to record it in about 10 min and then we need to keep shooting can we do it. I always remember what a good friend of mine told me “Never say no just ask how much”. So this is where my Tascam HD-P2 hard disk recorder comes in handy I can quickly record voiceover to a Compact Flash card which I can then quickly send via any FTP program so that post production can have then the same day. I usually use YOUSENDIT a easy to use program that emails a weblink to anyone who needs to download it. I have found this systems really impresses clients and allows me to make a few extra dollars in gear rental.

2 thoughts on “Recording voice overs in the field”

    1. Yes charge for the machine rental ( I use a Sound Devices 702T now) and charge a fee for the Yousend it FTP service. It is still cheaper than recording to a tape in camera and then sending the tape overnight plus cost of the tape stock and time. Often with tight deadlines I record the V.O have it send to post and they have it cut in the show with an hour


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