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Scott Cheek
Microphone Suggestions for Video Interviews?
on Mar 4, 2009 at 10:52:10 pm

I am a video editor for a small company whose primary business is working as a consultant for the Army. We have a few employees in Iraq who conduct video interviews on a regular basis. As I have been working with these videos I have noticed, and become very frustrated with, the one thing that they all seem to have in common: horrible audio.

I am looking for a microphone solution that I can pitch to my boss; however, our employees conduct these interviews individually so the setup needs to be as simple as possible- ie. Boom mics wouldn't be very practical. I'm thinkng some type of lavaleir mic might be best.

Also, we are currently using Sony HD Handycams which have a 1/8" audio input. Alternatively, I am also thinking about being able to hook the microphone into a external audio recorder so that the camera man and interviewee wouldn't have to be tethered together with the microphone cable.

Any suggestions or help is appreciated. I want to be able to make a great product as well as decrease my frustration levels ;)

Scott Cheek


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David Jones
Re: Microphone Suggestions for Video Interviews?
on Mar 5, 2009 at 1:13:04 am

Hi Scott and welcome to the cow forum (copyright) Ty Ford :o)

What mics are being used now, and how are they being used? Or is it just a built-in mic on the camera?

In any case, instead of an external audio recorder, I would go with a wireless system. Wireless beltback transmitter with a lav mic for the subject, and a receiver mounted on the camera.

Regards,
Dave J


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Scott Cheek
Re: Microphone Suggestions for Video Interviews?
on Mar 5, 2009 at 4:02:47 pm

Thanks Dave,

Currently we are just using the built-in microphones on the cameras, hence the bad audio. Do you recommend any wireless setups that might be easy on the budget?


Scott Cheek


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David Jones
Re: Microphone Suggestions for Video Interviews?
on Mar 5, 2009 at 4:55:33 pm

The Sennheiser Evolution 100 series is very popular. It's about $600. The Lectrosonics 100 is more at about $1,350. But it's much more rugged and might be more sutable for hazardous conditions.

Hope this helps :o)

Dave J


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