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.
DSI NewsShark systems are portable transmission devices that attach easily to ENG (Electronic News Gathering) cameras and use the H.264 (MPEG4 AVC) video compression and ACC audio coding. Available in a combination of Wi-Fi and cellular transmission combinations, there is certain to be a DSI NewsShark that works ideally in your area.
Advancements in technology have allowed manufacturers to shrink the size of broadcast-quality camcorders, while at the same time squeezing in better performance. A case in point is Sony's new PMW-100 camcorder; ENG professionals sporting this compact new unit will appreciate the lighter load and greater maneuverability.
A clever new piece of equipment is available that corrects all of the shortcomings of HDSLR audio, in a single compact, camera-mountable box. The Fostex DC-R302 is a three-channel field mixer, with a two-channel high-resolution audio recorder built in.
One way to improve the quality of your in-camera audio when shooting video with an HDSLR camera is to utilize an external adapter box (called a Camcorder XLR Adapter). These gizmos attach to the base of your camera and enable you to connect multiple XLR microphones to your camera’s lowly mini-plug mic input.
The Tascam DR-40 is the most budget-friendly portable digital recorder on the market that offers advanced features like dual combo-XLR inputs and four-channel recording. A new firmware update adds independent level-control to its external inputs.
Olympus knows a thing or two about making portable recorders, and its new LS-100 has the distinction of being the highest-quality model the company has ever produced. It features an excellent-sounding pair of built-in stereo condenser microphones, as well as a pair of XLR combo inputs.
Røde is the undisputed leader in on-camera microphone technology, and its new Stereo VideoMic Pro is the most lightweight, compact and superior sounding camera-mountable stereo microphone the company has ever built.
The original Tascam DR-100 stood out from the pack for being an extremely well equipped, compact portable digital recorder laden with useful features, like its dual XLR inputs and thumb-friendly level-adjustment dials. Even though it was a popular and well-regarded model, Tascam decided to push things further.
Portable digital recorders that feature dual XLR inputs are popular among musicians and audio engineers and they’re also the tool of choice for recording the sound for video productions. Until recently, there were only a few handheld digital recorders with XLR inputs available, but the announcement of the Olympus LS-100 adds an attractive new option to the menu.