Microphone On Camera? How To Get Better Audio
Is your microphone on camera? External microphones will give you better audio quality than your microphone on your camera, but if you don’t have an external microphone there are some tricks to improving the sound.
In this short, one minute video, I cover one way you can help your viewers hear you better.
I deliberately shot it with the on-camera mic at a challenging location – the beach near my house on a windy day – to show you what I’m talking about. Normally we use and advise getting a camera with a microphone jack and a good external microphone especially in these shooting situations. We just happened to be at the beach shooting still photos with our Canon T2i this day and decided to shoot some video tips to demonstrate the shortcomings of a built-in mic and how to compensate for them.
The CanonT2i does have a microphone input for an external mic but we didn’t have our mic that day. (Next week, I’ll post a video from this same location showing you the difference when I use an external microphone. Subscribe to my channel on YouTube and you’ll get notification when it’s uploaded.)
If you are serious about shooting better quality videos you will want to invest in a microphone, and probably more than one kind. Inexpensive lavalier microphones can be found for $30; professional lavaliers cost $250 and up. A decent shotgun mic will cost $150 up to several thousand dollars.
Microphones are a good investment because unlike video cameras, they do not change much over time. A good microphone from 15 years ago is still an excellent instrument today. I’m using microphones I bought 12 years ago and they haven’t changed during that time.
An inexpensive video camera with an inexpensive external mic will outperform a better camera without an external mic in a noisy or windy situation. I recommend buying an inexpensive lavalier mic to always keep in your camera bag.
Why should you care about getting good audio? Most viewers will tolerate a jittery shot but click off if they can’t hear or understand what you are saying. As we like to say, “Sound is half the picture.” Get a mic – just do it.
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