Don't use the camera microphone! That may seem counterintuitive, as the microphone is right there in or on your camera, but in this movie, sound expert Jeff Jacoby explains why using it is generally a bad move. The camera microphone just isn’t designed to capture good audio, and Jeff explains why, and shares some tips for what to do instead.
- In this movie, I'll show you why using…a built-in camera microphone is probably the worst thing…you can do for your show.…Most of you consider yourselves visually oriented people,…and so you may have little concern for capturing good audio;…but you're here watching this for a reason,…and I'll wager that many of you…find yourselves increasingly wrestling with sound…and probably wondering how best to deal with it.…There's an audio crisis out there folks,…and this movie should really be called…"Stop using the camera mic!"…The truly awful sound that is associated…with far too many videos, especially on YouTube and the like…is almost always due to the wrong-headed use…of the on-board camera microphone.…
Don't misunderstand me.…It's not that you should never, ever use that mic,…but relying upon it for your audio,…especially for someone talking to camera or dialogue,…is a big mistake that will ruin your show.…The audience for those shows feels disconnected…from the person on screen, and as a result…they're uninterested in the message being delivered.…
This series, Capturing Audio for Video, demystifies sound capture, offering professional insights along with practical tips and tricks. In this introductory installment, Professor Jeff Jacoby shows how to plan a shoot with sound in mind, choose microphones, and adjust camera settings and audio hardware to capture the best results. These tutorials are easy to follow and apply, fun to watch, and enormously helpful for video producers and directors.
- How to "think" in audio
- How to choose microphones
- How to set up a boom mic
- How to set up your camera and cables
- How to work with sound recorders and mixers