Tagged: audio

Mono XLR socket

Connecting XLR mics to consumer camcorders

Connecting professional XLR microphones to consumer level camcorders or DSLR cameras is fraught with potential problems. Many people seem to assume they can just wire an XLR to 3.5mm jack plug and all should be well – but it won’t! In this video, I briefly...

Mono XLR socket

Connecting Pro mics to your consumer camcorder

The problem Many camcorder users, quite rightly, wish to improve their sound quality and an obvious way to do that is to use an external microphone rather than the inbuilt ones on the camcorder. But whereas consumer camcorders boast a 3.5 mm stereo socket to...

Rode VideoMic GO

Review: Rode VideoMic GO

Ask any group of DSLR video shooters what external microphone they have plugged into their cold shoe and one name is certain to crop up consistently: the Rode VideoMic. There are others of course, from the likes of Sennheiser, Que Audio, and Shure, but Rode...

Rode VideoMic GO

New mic from Rode

They pioneered the small, lightweight on-camera shotgun microphone with the VideoMic and VideoMic Pro but now Rode have brought out another one. The “Videomic GO” is a more straightforward product than its older siblings and is aimed at the user who just wants to plug...

iPhone with iTunes

How to fix “underwater” / garbled sound on the iphone

Answer: First of all, if you haven’t already watched it then I strongly recommend – pardon my ego – my video about improving sound on the G25, as the defaults really aren’t that good in fact: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVHNe-6runQ As regards your specific problem, here’s your issue:...

Shure VP83F mounted on DSLR

New small shotguns from Shure for video

There’s a new kid on the block for DSLR and camcorder shooters who don’t have pro-style XLR audio inputs. In fact, there are two. The Shure “VP83 LensHopper” is a compact, on-camera mic with a shotgun pickup pattern and a 3.5mm jack. It claims to...

Rycote Invision Softie Lyre with mic on camcorder

How best to film an audience debate?

Answer: Let’s start with the bad news (sorry): quite simply, no camcorder on earth is going to do the job you want, even half decently unless you invest in the audio system. By this, I mean neither an internal mic or any single shotgun mic...

Canon HF-G25 with screen flipped

How best to record audio for a fishing documentary?

Answer: Clearly the wired mic is a non-starter. As soon as you or the angler moves, the wire’s going to yank away from his clothes or pull out of the camera, or you’re both going to trip over the wire and so on. Your Rode...