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Alex Vallin
What mic can I use for my T3i?
on Mar 21, 2012 at 6:54:09 pm

So im new to audio and ive been considering in investing into a microphone for my DSLR (T3i).I want a decently priced microphone at around 150 such as the Rode Video Mic on Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Rode-VideoMic-Directional-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B00.....

how ever im not sure if that microphone would suit me best.What I plan on using it for is for making proffesionalistic short films to capture my audio with.I mainly do films about action,horror ect... So what microphone would work for me to plug into my camera and record my audio with? and maybe there are some mics that are external and dont plug into the camera's microphone jack.AS I said i am really new to audio so any help would be appreciated! im looking to spend anywhere up to 200$.Also Can someone explain to me what a shock mount does and what purpose it serves?Thanks to anyone who helps me out!


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Peter Burger
Re: What mic can I use for my T3i?
on Mar 28, 2012 at 9:54:41 am

First thing you should consider: Every microphone that's on the camera (either built-in or on the hot-shoe) will not give you decent quality since the microphone is where the camera is and not where the sound comes from. So if you want to make movies (shortfilms, features, documentaries, ...) you'd best put your microphone on a boom pole.

Next thing to consider: If you want to plug your mic into the camera, you'll have sync'ed sound. That's a good thing. But the built-in preamps of the Canons are not the best, and setting the sound levels right through the camera-menu is cumbersome.

Recording sound with an external device like the recorders of the ZOOM series (H1 costs about 100 bucks, the H2 about 160, the H4 about 300) with a decent microphone will give you much better sound. Downside is: you'd have to sync sound in post which is not too hard, especially when using plugins like pluraleyes... but even "by hand" it's not rocket-sience...

BTW: The Rode mic is ok. And with an external sound recorder it'll improve the quality of your films a lot

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