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How Important Is Sound Quality In Your Videos?

 

I'm back on this again as it's such an important issue and I wasn't really happy with my previous comparison. 

Also, I've just been out to LA using a minimal wireless setup and wasn't totally satisfied with the results, so I decided to run a side by side comparison in my silent studio to see (or hear) exactly how different the audio is between lapel (lavaliere) microphone and a shotgun microphone, then whether recording straight into your camera is acceptable or whether you really should be recording into a separate audio recorder.

As this topic grew I created this guide for you to download:

The 4 Best Audio Solutions For You Videos

Download this FREE guide that runs through these four audio solutions and reviews the PROs and CONS of each, and also lists all the items with links to Amazon for easy shopping. 

Enjoy :-)  

 

 

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Want a Professional Audio setup?

I refer in several videos to use of professional audio recording equipment and here’s the list of kit I recommend and indeed use myself.

Recording separate audio is my preferred option as you’ll hear in my videos. I explain the setup fully within the Pro Video Academy but here’s the equipment list anyway.

Amazon.co.uk Links:

TASCAM DR-60mkII – £159
Rode NTG2 – £173
Boom Stand – £17
Eggsnow Shockmount – £4
Magic Arm – £15
XLR 3m Cable – £6
Power Charger – £24
Charger Cable – £1.50
Velcro Tape – £4
Cable Tidies (optional) – £5
TOTAL £420 approx (prices may vary)

 

Amazon.com Links:

TASCAM DR-60mkII – $174
Rode NTG2 – $270
Boom Stand – $25
Eggsnow Shockmount – $10
Magic Arm – $22
XLR 3m Cable – $7
Power Charger – $32
Charger Cable – $3
Velcro Tape – $2
Cable Tidies...

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How Important Is Audio In Your Videos?

 

Massively!

As I demonstrate in the video, sound quality is really overlooked when we consider filming and yet it’s so important to get it right. Getting a good mic and bringing as close as possible to your mouth is vital. I suggest either using a Rode Video Mic Pro on an extension lead and boom (assuming your DSLR camera has a mic input), or better still a setup that records externally.

Here are the links to the products you need for both scenarios.

To record straight into your camera

Rode Video Mic Pro – £140 / $226
Extension Cable (3m) – £11 / $11
(See below for Boom Stand)

This will be a good setup if your camera has a MIC input and you’d rather the simplicity of working with just one file (rather than a separate audio file).

Simple Cable Mic
This is a stepping stone stage if you really can't afford any more. It's not the exact cable I used as mine was bought 10+ years ago but this looks very similar and has good reviews.

Lavalier Mic –...

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