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Types of Microphones: What Video Microphone Should You Get First?

September 18, 2013 by  
Filed under All Posts, Equipment, Video Production

We get asked a lot about what type of microphone someone new to video should get. I love it when someone asks because it tells me they get it that their on-camera mic won’t help their videos sound and look professional. That’s why I always recommend that you use an external microphone and there are different types that will work in different situations but you may not have the budget to get all of them.

While I was at the NAB Show, I posed this question to Chris Lyons, a rep at the Shure booth.

Watch this short video to see what he recommends you start out with and why and how you can use this mic for different shooting situations.

(If you can’t view this video on this page, you can watch it here on YouTube.)

Other Recommended Posts to Read:

A Good Mic – Here’s Why It’s a Video Essential

New Mic For DSLR Cameras Makes Getting Great Audio MUCH Easier

Types of Microphones: Picking The Right Tool (Mic) For The Job

Shotgun Mic VS Stereo Mic: What Is The Difference?

August 29, 2013 by  
Filed under All Posts, Equipment, Video Production

Stereo mics are often confused with shotgun mics but they are not the same thing. Both are external microphones for your camcorder and although they look similar, they function differently.

While I was at the NAB Show this past year, I took time out to shoot this short video on what each of these microphones will do for you and what the difference is between the two.

(If you can’t view this video on this page, you can watch it here on YouTube.)

Choosing one or the other will depend on your shooting situation. Both are good investments for getting professional sounding audio. Companies like Sennheiser, Shure, and Audio-Technica offer good quality mics that will definitely meet your needs and last you for years.

 

Your Video Tripod: What You NEED to Have

August 22, 2013 by  
Filed under All Posts, Equipment, Video Production

A tripod is another one of those essential items that you need in order to shoot great video. Not all tripods are equal though. This is one area, in my opinion, where spending more is a good investment.

But what should you look for in a good quality video tripod?

First off, a tripod for your video camera is DIFFERENT than a tripod for your still camera. In this short video I shot while I was at the Sachtler booth at NAB, I show you what you need to have in your video tripod.

You’ll see:

  • Why a tripod designed for your still camera won’t work well for video;
  • Why the size of your camera is an important consideration in your tripod choice;
  • What makes a video tripod more stable;
  • What type of tripod head you want;
  • And why I prefer one type of leg adjustment to another.

(If you can’t view this video on this page, you can watch it here on YouTube.)

A good, quality tripod, like your microphones and lighting equipment, will last you for years and in my opinion is totally worth the money spent. Sachtler offers top notch tripods with prices starting around $500, other brands I’ve used and like include Manfrotto (affordable), Cartoni (expensive), Libec, Miller and OConnor (very expensive). If you are just starting out and have a limited budget, Manfrotto may be your best compromise between cost and quality.

Right now our favorite camera store, B&H Audio Video is offering a great price on the Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader. Normally priced at $557, it’s now on sale for $489.

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