Recording an Instructor While Filming Him From a Distance

Simple solution is for you to get all your audio from the PA mixer, and for when the instructor does his walkabout, just turn down or mute the signal to the speakers instead of muting the mic.This way you keep the same audio signal throughout for your recording, so no messing about with other microphones

OK, so here's my problem:

I snuck myself into our Ninjutsu club's sporting event as the "photographer" - I have to video the event using my consumer Canon HF10 camcorder, and I'll have to produce a DVD of the event.

Now, I have also videoed the previous event, and have detected a problem with recording the instructor's speech:

The process is that the instructor demonstrates a technique, and then everyone practices the technique. The instructor then walks around, correcting mistakes. During the demos there is little problem: Everyone is (mostly) quite and the instructor wears a mike (connected to a little box worn at belt level) transmitting to an amplifying system (at least he did during the last event). So theres no problem there.

However, when the instructor moves around he turns off the mike (because obviously he neednt be heard all across the mat). Its tough to run after him with the camera and the tripod, because people are spread all over the mat. Moreover, when he says the interesting things, people gather around him listening (and speaking). Also people around me go on training, which may get quite noisy. So I can't get a clear recording of the instructor and we miss the best parts, the corrections people could really learn from.

So, what I need is some way to capture what hes saying while he's far from the camera. Any suggestions?

Points to consider:

This is Ninjutsu, so the instructor is moving around and is active, especially when doing the class demos. However, as hes the one doing the throws etc., and considering hes already wired to the amplifying systems mike, hes not overly active.

Its a hobby. Im not going to be paid so expenses should be not too high.

The result should be merged as a soundtrack to the video.

The camera has no genlock.

Im much more into it than the instructor is. Its a little like the cat and the bell, so it needs to be as little a hassle as possible.

Thanks!

·OTHER ANSWER:

OK, so here's my problem:

I snuck myself into our Ninjutsu club's sporting event as the "photographer" - I have to video the event using my consumer Canon HF10 camcorder, and I'll have to produce a DVD of the event.

Now, I have also videoed the previous event, and have detected a problem with recording the instructor's speech:

The process is that the instructor demonstrates a technique, and then everyone practices the technique. The instructor then walks around, correcting mistakes. During the demos there is little problem: Everyone is (mostly) quite and the instructor wears a mike (connected to a little box worn at belt level) transmitting to an amplifying system (at least he did during the last event). So theres no problem there.

However, when the instructor moves around he turns off the mike (because obviously he neednt be heard all across the mat). Its tough to run after him with the camera and the tripod, because people are spread all over the mat. Moreover, when he says the interesting things, people gather around him listening (and speaking). Also people around me go on training, which may get quite noisy. So I can't get a clear recording of the instructor and we miss the best parts, the corrections people could really learn from.

So, what I need is some way to capture what hes saying while he's far from the camera. Any suggestions?

Points to consider:

This is Ninjutsu, so the instructor is moving around and is active, especially when doing the class demos. However, as hes the one doing the throws etc., and considering hes already wired to the amplifying systems mike, hes not overly active.

Its a hobby. Im not going to be paid so expenses should be not too high.

The result should be merged as a soundtrack to the video.

The camera has no genlock.

Im much more into it than the instructor is. Its a little like the cat and the bell, so it needs to be as little a hassle as possible.

Thanks!

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