HDSRL Recording Primer – Which Microphone To Use?

If you made the switch from stills to video and are now using your DSLR as a video camera, you probably already know that aside the change in the way you capture visuals, you now also have to deal with audio.

HDSRL Recording Primer - Which Mic To Use?

Audio, as photography, is complete world on its own and it demands the same level of training and expertise. Starting with what gear to buy – microphones, recorders, cables (yes! more gear! yes!) through what gear to use for each scenario. Sounds familiar?

Fenchel & Janisch have a great tutorial that goes through the basic microphones and how each one effects the noise, ambiance and directionality of voice. Hit the jump for the full video.

H/T to Sam for the link.

  • devtank

    Ive always been interested in Field Audio as a hobby, and my career has been cinema and photography so I know a thing or two about blending the two. Honestly the simplest way to do it and get the actual real best audio is not actually through the camera at all. NLE’s at this point, you dont need to have the prime audio run through the camera, the onboard mics are typically sufficient to give the NLE (FCPx, Lightworks, Premier) enough audio purchase to use PluralEyes or whatever is built in to the NLE, to sync to.
    Yes its nice to have the option to connect a recorder to the camera, but its not entirely necessary anymore, also Im not sure how the camera would treat the data rates of good clean crisp clear audio if you were to record to the compressed channel of what your camera would be providing with its compression, audio be lower quality. So a dedicated audio recorder and a dedicated mic are invaluable, and having the ability to monitor that before you record so that you can determine what is going on in the environment audibly via the mic’s (that your ear isnt really attuned to intrinsically) is as important as the perfect visual shooting environment. If its critical work then a multi Channel recorder like a Roland, Zoom, Tascam with the proper connectors (XLR) to connect with professional grade mics is essential.
    Its no secret that audio people are snobs about their chosen field, however, its true that visuals need to be carried by good clear sound ~subpar audio will ultimately affect how an audience judges your work.
    My kits are small, Pro-kit is: Roland R-26, Sound-Devices MM-1, Sennheiser 416, Rycote Bookpole, Sennheiser HD 25-1 II, Rode Lavalier, Sony UWP-V1. Two custom angled 6″ XLR cables, Low Impedance Minijack to XLR cable, splitter.
    Tiny Kit (which fits in my tiny camera bag), Sony PCM-M10, Minijack to Minijack cable, Splitter cable, UE in-ear buds.
    The tiny kit, is ample for good clear audio for basic recording. the Pro kit is for interviews and critical audio in noisy environments.