Ted Setla is a filmmaker (Setla Films) and paramedic. He is passionate about EMS professionals use video to inform and entertain. I first connected with Ted after watching his film Level Zero-the documentary film about Alameda County EMS. I am now supporting his efforts to create the Chronicles of EMS series about paramedic and paramedic systems around the world.
As a professional filmmaker Ted sometimes (maybe every time?) cringes at the videos I record and publish with my Flip Camcorder*. Nonetheless he is always supportive and giving me suggestions to improve and enhance the videos with better techniques and production equipment. Ted’s comments to me generally are around these themes:
1. Good lighting.
2. Good audio. Ted writes “Add a boom microphone and place it just out of the frame.”
3. Good composition. Ted writes, “Frame yourself with a little less headroom at the top and this will change everything about your video.”
Recently Ted sent me a list of equipment to improve the quality of audio I capture with my videos. This is his list with links to products.
- Record the audio with the Zoom H4 Handy Recorder*
- Boom microphone
- boom pole
- Mic Shock Mount
- XLR Cable
* this link is an Amazon affiliate link.