We incorporated the lessons learned from Episode 4 regarding camera angles. Since the guest and host are nearly facing each other, we had to position each camera almost over the shoulder of one of them to get a good shot at the other’s face. For the wide shots, we had to move one of the cameras to a more central location.
The audio was recorded through DMA’s audio chain, with a separate output recorded on a digital audio recorder. Since the audio to the recorder didn’t pass through any other equipment, it was uncompressed and free of hum and other electronic noise. I processed this audio in my home studio and then inserted it back into the video in post-production. This process eliminated the hum and other electronic noise present in the earlier episodes, but that made the environmental noise (traffic, air conditioning, etc.) more noticeable.
We’ve got our studio procedures pretty much under control now, and this resulted in a smooth flow from artist to artist. Everyone knew what they were supposed to do, and we finished shooting the episode ahead of schedule.