Shooting Video with a DSLR: Raindance's Tip 4
Sound is one of the most important, but most overlooked, aspects of video. Most video DLSRs come with an in-built microphone, though they are only about as good as the ones you get in some laptops. A big advantage of DSLRs is that they have a microphone input plug and the SD card in the camera will happily store top-quality sound, but only if you’ve got a good mic to actually capture it. If you want to record good sound, you might like to consider a clip-on microphone. It’s a simple way to ensure you can take advantage of your cameras sound quality ability.
There are a lot of good microphones on the market at reasonable prices, so you shouldn’t have to spend more than £50 ($80 USD) to get a descent one that will enhance your sound quality. They can attach anywhere on the camera, from the ‘hot shoe’ at the top, to simply plugging in to the mini-jack sound input at the side. A microphone will seriously change the quality of your videos overnight, especially if you shoot a lot of video involving people, interviews and talking.
A hot shoe.
Remember also if you are out on a windy day, the noise can create a loud slapping or popping sound, which can be quite distracting when watching a video. You can buy a wind protector for your microphone to cut down this interference, or just slip on a fluffy sock over the mic!
Wind protection cover.
Even your mobile phone has a small on-board microphone that is often overlooked. We don’t normally consider thinking about plugging a mic into a phone to record the audio but it is simple to do and unobtrusive. Using a lapel type mic will be better than not having one at all. It can really enhance the result of your video productions. Ideally, you want your subject close to your mic without lots of space or noise in between to maintain the best quality.
Finally, monitor the sound through headphones, because what you hear is what is being recorded to video. That way you can tell if there is too much background noise or if you are recording voice and whether it is loud enough.
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