Monday, July 24, 2017

External Microphones: Get Better Audio In Windy Conditions

Planning on shooting video while you go on vacation? Here is one item I suggest you bring along.

This was shot on Eagle Beach, Aruba. It was hard work but hey … somebody has to do it!

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3 Responses to “External Microphones: Get Better Audio In Windy Conditions”
  1. Ken Wilson says:

    Quality audio is ‘70%’ of your video. It is THE most important aspect of first-rate video production. The quality of your audio is what will differentiate you as a professional as opposed to an amateur. Bad audio will negatively affect your sales. That is why you should follow the advice in this post.

    Some technical things I’d like to add. The foam windscreen in this video is a good idea but is only effective in reducing/eliminating wind noise in wind speeds of 10 mph or less. It’s best in gentle winds. It’s also best to keep at least your foam windscreen on your mike at all times unless you’re using a ‘dead cat’ or ‘zeppelin.’ Even indoors. (Listen carefully and you can still hear a little wind ‘rumble’ in the audio of this video).

    A better choice are the ‘furry’ windscreens from companies such as Rycote http://www.rycote.com/ or RØDE http://www.rodemicrophones.com/. ‘Furry’ windscreens are capable of eliminating wind noise at wind speeds up to 20 mph.

    For wind speeds higher than 20 mph you’re gonna need a zeppelin (RØDE calls them blimps) covered with a ‘dead cat’, http://www.rodemicrophones.com/accessory.php?product=DeadCat (seriously, that’s what they’re called). A good shock mount for the microphone helps to eliminate ‘handling noise.’

    And don’t scrimp on the cost of your mike. Get the very best one you can afford. For the budget conscious look at mikes from RØDE, Audio Technica and Sennheiser. If you’ve got some serious coin, look at mikes from Sanken, Schoeps or again Sennheiser. Remember, the quality of your audio will make or break your video.

  2. Rick Smith says:

    Right on Ken. I agree completely. On this two-week trip, including an 8-day cruise with two formal nights, we only took two carry on bags, so space was extremely limited. I have several “furry windscreens” that I normally use but I didn’t have room in our baggage to bring them. They definitely make a big difference. It seemed that everywhere we shot on this trip is was windy. Don’t know if it is the time of year of if it is always this way, but wind is often the achilles heel for getting good audio.

    Thanks for the great comment!

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