Interview with Veil Veil Vanish

I shot for TheOWLMag (by using my Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm f1.4 lens) the following interview with this fresh Bay Area band, Veil Veil Vanish, about their new album. The band, which is compared to The Cure by the media, played their CD release party in San Francisco last night — I interviewed this amazing band just before that performance. Unfortunately we could not stay for the show though. 🙁

You can freely download the two tracks heard on the video at the LA Weekly article here.


abds69 wrote on March 7th, 2010 at 11:21 AM PST:

Hello Eugenia, apart from a beautiful video quality, the mic used here captures too much around noises making some sentences a bit difficult to understand. Perhaps an hand mic would have been preferable here. Sound is a bit loud for the intermedes vs interview too. Else perfect !!

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Eugenia wrote on March 7th, 2010 at 5:51 PM PST:

I know, the club guys were setting up the chairs, so there was lots of noise. I had to cut out some of the interview questions because they were inaudible. Basically, my DM-50 shotgun mic doesn’t work with the 5D, the Rode Stereo VideoMic is a mic that captures also surround instead of being a shotgun, and my new NTG-2 is XLR, which doesn’t work with the 5D either (I bought it so I can use it with the Zoom H4n, which I haven’t bought yet). My two lavalier mics are impossible to use, since there are 5 people to interview, and only one input. In other words, I had to do with what I had, the built-in mic that is, since none of my other 5 microphones were appropriate either. Unless I can find a good *shotgun* mic that has a 3.5mm stereo output, but with an advanced shoe base, and costs about $50, it’s not appropriate for me to spend even more money to get the right mic for this situation. The DM-50 is good, but it only works with the HV20 (which I currently don’t have, loaned it out).

Ivan wrote on March 7th, 2010 at 11:48 PM PST:

Great light and editing, of course. Some speaking faces were (unintendedly?) out of focus. With this 1.4 lens they say you should keep aperture at 2.8 at least to compesate for camera and subject movement.

abds69 wrote on March 8th, 2010 at 12:59 AM PST:

No eugenia, what i mean was that you sould simply have used a cheap hand dynamic mic, connected to your cam. SM58 or other. Ok you will see it on video, but you can put your blog name on it
See here a friend doing interview :
I think he uses two 5D for videos.

By the way for your inaudible question, you can simply cut them and replace them by a text on screen.
see you.

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Eugenia wrote on March 8th, 2010 at 6:59 AM PST:

I don’t want interviewees to be holding mics. It looks very cheesy. The rest of the OWL Mag videos are done with such a mic, and I don’t like the look. What’s needed is simply a shotgun mic, it’s just that I can’t justify more money for mics. I bought 5, and JBQ will kill me if I buy more.

Ivan, I shoot on “auto” inside clubs, because the lighting changes so much during, that it makes no sense to go manual.

Paul wrote on March 12th, 2010 at 12:32 AM PST:

Hi Eugenia,

love your work. I also have an NTG-2 mic and love it and a zoom H4. However an excellent workaround I have found for some situations is a simple 1m cable that goes from XLR to 3.5mm jack. I’ve plugged my NTG-2 directly into my Canon HF200 on numerous occasions with this cable and it works a treat.

Since NTG-2 has the 1.5v battery you dont need any phantom power from the camcorder. I’ve even used this setup with a 6m XLR cable to the NTG-2 plugging right at the end to my 3.5mm jack cable into the camcorder. Technically you could suffer noise along the way due to the fact that you’re not dealing with a balanced signal anymore, but whether 1m or 6m I havent encountered this as an actual problem.

For me, this allows the NTG-2 to be used in more professional situations (into H4, or for me a MOTU audio interface), or straight into the camcorder if thats all you have.

works a treat!

abds69 wrote on March 12th, 2010 at 5:40 AM PST:

Right Paul, and the mic i’m talking about can be sitting on a table outside the frame Eugenia, if you don’t like it on screen.

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Eugenia wrote on March 12th, 2010 at 1:17 PM PST:

Yeah, I guess I could buy a $15 XLR-to-3.5mm adapter, however, I have no stand for the microphone (which costs another $30). And since I operate the camera, I can’t hold the mic too. Then, the problem of putting the NTG-2 on the advanced shoe of the camera is that it will be visible in the frame, because the mic is so long and the dSLR’s body+lens is not. It’s just too much crap to buy all the time. I’m just happy with the internal mic for now.

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