Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Tips for better audio in your videos
Labels: Video How To
Your camcorder may have a hot-shoe (similar to an external flash attachment on a still camera) that allows you to mount an external microphone onto the camcorder.
The hot-shoe also has electrical contacts to pass audio from the mic to the camcorder. Unfortunately, there’s no universal standard for this accessory shoe, so verify that the external microphone will work with your specific camera.
While I usually joke that the audio is the squeaky part of the picture, in reality, it can be just as important as the moving image. TV stations know that they’re less likely to lose viewers if they have “technical difficulties” involving loss of picture with the sound intact, than if they lose the sound but not the picture. While your audience may be captive, they’ll appreciate your attention to the sound in your movies.
|D-SLR VIDEO + SOUND|
|Several D-SLRs now offer HD video capture, but they don’t all approach sound in the same way. The new Canon EOS Rebel T1i (right) has a built-in microphone, but no option for an external mic. The EOS Rebel T1i’s more advanced sibling, the EOS 5D Mark II, has both an internal mic as well as the option to connect an external microphone.|
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