How Important Is Audio In Your Videos?Sep 26, 2017
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
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 – £15 / $19
I used mine only today for a quick set up and was surprised how good the results were, don’t overlook this if you’re on a tight budget.
To record into an External recording device
This 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.
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)
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 (optional) – $7
TOTAL $550 approx (prices may vary)
Let me know if you find any errors in the links and I'll put you right.