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External Mic – Getting Better Sound In Challenging Situations

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under All Posts, Equipment, Video Production

An external mic goes a long way in getting better audio.

Earlier I posted a video with a tip on how to get better audio with your on-camera microphone. As promised, I shot this new video over the weekend to show you why we use and recommend upgrading your equipment to include an external microphone.

For higher quality audio, you will want to get a camera with an external microphone input and then add external mics. There are several types of microphones you can choose from and they each are good for different audio and shooting situations such as shooting outdoors in windy conditions.

Lavalier mics (wired or wireless) are placed on the person and will make a 200% improvement in the sound of the person speaking over a built-in mic. You can buy a simple lavalier mic for a little over $25 online. Professional lavaliers cost $250 and up. These mics can be wired or wireless.

Shotgun mics can be used on the camera, on a boom pole or a mic stand. Contrary to what many people think, a shotgun mic does not amplify or “reach out” to get the sound in front of it. It works by ignoring the sounds to the side and behind it to varying degrees, depending on the design.

You can spend thousands of dollars on a top end pro model, but good quality can be had in the $200 – $500 range.

The one I showed in this video is a Sennheiser ME67/K6 – Shotgun Microphone Basic Kit.

The Rode Video Mic is very popular and a good choice in the lower budget range. This mic sells for around $150 and is a great mic at that price point.

My next video will explore handheld mics. If you haven’t done so already, sign up for your How To Sell Your Videos Starter kit and you’ll have access to more tips, techniques and strategies to help you make money with your OWN videos.


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