Video Basics 101 #1: Microphone Tips for Video Recording
Content Contributed by: Richard Newman
I’d like to welcome you to the first of several blog posts on better audio recording for your videos. Almost every camera sold today will record video, from our phones to the newest DSLRs. One of the most important secrets about high-quality video is getting good audio when you are shooting. Here are a few simple suggestions that will help you take that next step towards getting great sound.
First and foremost, using your built-in on-camera microphone should be considered only as a total last resort for your video. The reason for this is that there is no shock mount between the camera and mic, and all of the focus movements from the lens and your handling of the camera will be transferred to the sound you are recording. There is also no way to put a windscreen over the on-camera mic, so you’ll get plenty of wind noise.
Before we look at some external microphones, make sure that your camera has an external plug, which is usually a 3.5mm mini plug and looks like this.
There are two basic types of microphones: condenser and dynamic. A condenser mic requires external power and a dynamic mic does not. A condenser mic is more sensitive to sounds and is the most commonly used. Types of condenser mics include shotgun and lavalier, and these are the ones that will really add great audio to your videos.
Check out the following video and let’s start down the road to better audio for your videos:
Want to expand your audio selection, but not sure where to start? Here are some of my favorite mics to improve audio recordings on your DSLR:
• Azden SMX-10 Stereo Shotgun Microphone
• Azden SGM-1X Shotgun Microphone
• Rode Videomic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
• Sennheiser EW 122-P G3 Wireless Microphone System with Clip-On Lavalier – B (628-688 MHz)
• Azden 105LT Package with Receiver, Belt Pack Transmitter and Lavaliere Mic