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Better Audio for your videos

by | Dec 28, 2017 | Blog, Photography

I do my best to provide good quality audio recordings for my videos. Here are some of the ways I do that, demonstrated with some of the products I use.

If you have not tried dual recording, I hope that this video demonstrates how easy it is to do. Although I try to record the audio directly to camera when I can sometimes it’s just not possible, so I frequently record on an external recorder and the synchronize the audio with the video. It’s easier than you think, and provides high quality sound.

In a second video, I made recordings of the microphones used for comparison listening. These mics are appropriate for a variety of situations, so it’s not possible to judge one as better than the other. In a perfect world, I would record all of my audio with the Rode Shotgun – but it’s an exceedingly impractical solution. If I can be wired (or for interviews) I use the Sony ECM-44, and when I need wireless I use the Rode FilmMaker.

Behind the Scenes

This video was recorded at the YouTube Space in Toronto, with the Panasonic EVA1 camera. We also recorded a video demonstrating the configuration we used for the shoot. YouTube provides the Sony wireless mic system. Camera and Lighting by Sonam Tashi.
The audio gear is mostly mine, but some components were on loan from B&H – as identified below. The links below are to B&H Photo – if you use these links, you will pay the same low price, but I get a small commission. These earnings don’t amount to much, but they do help me continue to produce content.

The equipment

Polsen OLM-10 wired lapel (lav) mic (loan)
Sony ECM-44B lapel mic
Rodelink FilmMaker wireless kit
Panasonic MC700 shotgun (loan)
Rode NTG-2 shotgun (loan)
Shure VP64AL

Tascam DR-70D

Sony MDR 7506

Rode Boompole (loan)
Auray Shockmount (loan)
Rykote SuperBlimp with wind screen
PortaBrace shoulder case for DR-70D

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