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When you transition from vacation videos and birthdays to something a little more serious, your first frustration will be audio. And if you ask the "pros," they are going to recommend fancy super-cardioid DC biased condenser XLR mics with 48V phantom power starting at about $1,500. Too much money and too complex - audio is both much easier to understand and harder to master than you'd think. So make sure your camcorder has a mic jack, check out this video and get ready to take the first step into professional audio for video. It's a thousand mile journey, so bring comfortable shoes!




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  • cmb 3 years ago
    great video!
  • Pietro Impagliazzo 3 years ago
    Nice video man, good for beginners.

    I'ven seen newbie boom operators that must think the mic is laser based.

    Keep the mic close fellas!
  • patrick fitzwater 2 years ago
    On the other side, I watched "The Wilderness Family" and I had to laugh that in almost every shot you see the boom mic peaking into the shot.
  • Videopia 2 years ago
    Which raises the question - Which is worse: Bad audio or seeing the mic in the shot?
  • Mark Rigler plus 2 years ago
    bad audio
  • Jason Boudreau 3 years ago
    Great vid.....just ordered rode vid mic...will try to keep that stuff in mind.
  • Sean Cruser plus 3 years ago
    this is something that 99 percent of internet videos need to fix, so thanks for doing something i have thought of doing a few times. haha.
  • Scott Hampton 3 years ago
    Yes, great information. The kind of stuff I need!
  • Videopia 3 years ago
    Thanks all - hopefully this is just a start, but your encouragement really helps!
  • Aaron Murphy plus 3 years ago
    The paid reality TV crew world thanks you!! I'm going to recommend this to my REALITY TV CREW MEMBERS IN TRAINING....
  • Okay, Sir! *LOL* .... ;-))
  • Oren Barel 3 years ago
    thank you for a great job!
  • ::MelonManMedia:: 3 years ago
  • Allen Ellis plus 2 years ago
    Very good! :)
  • HD Girl plus 2 years ago
    Brilliant, thanks a lot!!
  • TebbeVision! plus 8 months ago
    There is a problem: sound stops at 1:18
  • Dave Shumway 8 months ago
    Thought I would point out that the term "proximity effect" actually refers to the build-up of low frequency energy resulting from a mic being placed too close to a source.

    So while it's almost always helpful to move your mic closer to your subject, be careful not to move it TOO close!
  • Sean Flora 8 months ago
    This is well put-together and covers points that will be very helpful to beginners. BUT, as has been pointed out, you're misusing a technical term here. "Proximity effect" has a very specific meaning in audio - and that meaning is NOT "get closer to your source for clearer audio", even though that is wonderful advice.
  • thinsmek 8 months ago
    What about audio other than people speaking? I have tried a few terrible videos of my playing an organ with my point-and-shoot camera, and the audio is terrible. What should I be using to record musical performances?
  • Paul Wood plus 7 months ago
    I'd recommend a microphone close to the instrument. Then get that mic plugged into your cam. If the organ has a speaker, put the mic right into the speaker, pretty close.
  • thinsmek 5 months ago
    What microphone do you reccomend? All the ones at the computer hardware stores seem to be for voice, and I have tried a few unsatisfactory ones.
  • Paul Wood plus 7 months ago
    In sound we actually call this reverb or echo - also known as abience. Get rid of that and your audio is clean. Its not so much about the mic, more about controlling what you hear, and that includes closer mics, blankets on the walls, whatever it takes to kill the reverb. Sometimes, if possible, simply change location. You can in extreme situations apply a gate to the audio track in post. Not recommended but it can work.
  • thinsmek 5 months ago
    What about when I play back the track (recorded Audacity with microphone connected to laptop), and the first thing I hear is a background white noise which is constant throughout?
  • Paul Wood plus 5 months ago
    Well, thats not a location or ambient sound problem. That sounds more like your microphone is noisy. Usually laptops dont have a great audio input system and can be noisy too. Plugging a mic (especially if its a cheap one) directly into a laptop is less than ideal. Try a proper audio interface between mic and laptop.
  • Proximity effect, as in: close micing is better than distance micing, should not be confused with the proximity effect, as in:​wiki/​Proximity_effect_%28audio%29
  • is a good video tho. but might be a little confusing for some when they hear pro audio ppl talking about the proximity effect after seeing this, as it is not the same.
  • James Gemmill 5 days ago
    How 'bout Dual System Sound (DSS)? Record the audio to a seperate linear PCM recorder (48 kHz/24-Bit) and sync 'em up in post?
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