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Audio Question About Boom Mic

by Bill Hendricks
(Ventura CA)

Question: If a boom mic is not available what do you suggest to use for getting the best sound?


Answer: In general, you want to get the best mic you can afford. Do not underestimate the importance of audio. Some argue that audio may be even more important that the video!

If you are doing mostly sit-down interviews, a lav mic may be all you need. But if you are shooting interviews on the run such as a news crew, a wireless handheld mic comes in handy.

For more information, check out this page:

Different Types of Microphones

In the comment section below, please explain a bit more about your situation and we may be able to provide a more detailed answer. Please include the type of camera you are using and what kind of shooting you will be doing (interviews, events, reenactments, etc).

The guys over at B&H Photo/Video can also give you great advice on audio gear.

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Sep 19, 2011
What's Your Budget?
by: Desktop Documentaries

Of course, another important factor is budget. Your options are vastly different if you have $100 to spend or $1,000. Do you have a price range for what you are willing to spend on audio?

Feb 25, 2015
response to question about boom mics... NEW
by: James

Bill,

Never underestimate the importance of good audio recordings. There are a wide variety of different approaches to capturing sound, all entail the use of microphones. If you are only using your onboard camera mic, I would suggest finding a way to upgrade to some type of external microphone. One such option is a decent "shotgun mic." It doesn't need to be too expensive, just a directional shotgun, or some sort of directional mic. Placing the microphone as close as possible to your subject is key and it should be placed as inconspicuously as possible.
Another good source is a digital audio recorder like a Zoom H2, or Zoom H4N. There are a wide variety of inexpensive digital recorders available that cost less than Zooms. The trick is to get them as close to your subject without them being seen by the camera.
You will also need to use a loud sound like from a clapper if using external recording media to sync your audio with your footage. Good condenser mics are Ok, but need to be used indoors away from loud noises and wind. I would suggest looking up Audio Recordings for Video online and study what is available. You might find a few other, better suggestions. There is always a good way to capture favorable and decent audio regardless of your equipment... Good luck!

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