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Suley Suleman
What Mic?
on Jul 2, 2011 at 8:27:04 pm

Hey Guys, i seem to have hit a mental block and just cant think any more. Ive basically bought a Canon 550D, and most of my shots will be out door either at an events party or in a cafe. Since i will need to focus and possibly zoom the Canon seems to pick up the lens moving. Now im told its best to get an external mic to cut it out.

What im confused over is what to get, my budget is around the £120 mark and im looking for something that will help me capture the best audio. Ill show you some of our past interviews,



(Note sure why it was shot in Mac D's, the artist wanted it),



(Shot in a studio),



(shot in an awards thing, for some reason no tripod was used)

Anyway that gives a bit of an idea of out use, I was thinking it was best to use a hand held microphone and possibly stick our logo on it and make it look like Sky News kind of think when they are out, but i was then suggested to use a directional video mic since the user would need to keep the mic closer to there mouth and clips on youtube suggested poor audio. I was looking at the Rode video mic but it seems to have some issue with the stand or something causing it to hiss?

Im just confused as to what to get and what is good. I was wondering if some of you would be kind enougth to tell me what would be suitable for my general use and what you would recomend in my price range.

Thanks


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André Engelhardt
Re: What Mic?
on Jul 3, 2011 at 12:28:25 pm

Hi Suley,

I'm not aware of any issues with the Røde Videomic Pro and that would have been my suggestion to you as well. I'm sure you can get a lot of extra info from the regular DSLR shooters forum here on creative cow as the "what mic to use" is a frequent topic there.

Alternatively you can go for a handheld recorder such as the Tascam DR-05 (personally I would not suggest the Zoom H4n, which seems very popular, to anyone that wants to use the mic input as it has issues with harmonic distortion) but recorders like the Tascam DR-05/07, Olympus LS-5, Korg SR1, Alesis Palmtrack etc. etc. Will do a good job for your purposes.

Good luck!

André

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Audio Engineer, Sound Designer
Video- and Photographer
http://www.andreengelhardt.net


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