If you gather ten sound engineers in a room and ask them what’s the best way to record something, don’t be surprised when you get ten different answers. One thing that makes sound engineering such a fun field is that all ten answers will probably be right.
In this video, Rob Rives takes a look at Shure’s new LensHopper camera-mountable shotgun microphones. There are two models, both specifically designed to work with camcorders and DSLR cameras. The VP83 is the microphone-only model, while the VP83F features an integrated flash recorder for even better sound quality.
As DSLR cameras continue to be a popular choice for capturing video, we have seen their feature set and value expand. However, one area where DSLRs consistently come up short is their built-in microphones. Commonly, many built-in mics will pick up mechanical noise from the camera.
In this first part of a two-part series, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, walks through the basics of putting together a cinematic gear kit for those of you who want to create compelling movie magic on a budget. Capturing sound and images is paramount to filmmaking, of course, so this episode focuses on the camera and audio equipment you might choose.
The original Rode VideoMic has been one of the most popular on-camera microphones in video production for several years. It greatly improves the sound-quality of a camera, making it one of the best options for video shooters who need to upgrade their sound on a budget.
Way back—five years ago—if you shot video, you used a video camera, and if you shot photographs, you used a still camera. Today, that distinction is all but meaningless. Almost every video camera today captures stills, and virtually every still camera now shoots video.
Sennheiser has just announced the new MKE 600, a shotgun microphone that clearly captures sound sources from short distances. The new MKE 600 is the most affordable XLR-based shotgun microphone that Sennheiser has ever offered, but its lower price doesn’t detract from its abilities as a high grade production tool.
The Rode VideoMic Pro Shotgun microphone delivers quality sound in a compact size that's a great fit for HDSLR users. In addition, the mic's +20dB option can render less noise in HDSLR shooters' audio recordings, if their camera has manual audio control.
It’s common to see equipment made by Shure being used on professional television and film shoots. Even though this company’s presence in the “audio for video” market never faded, recent announcements have given a new energy to Shure’s line of ENG and EFP gear.