Sennheiser has today announced its new MKE 200 on-camera microphone. Designed primarily for vloggers or anybody who sits there talking to a camera (like most people these days who’ve replaced real-world meetings with Zoom or Skype), it’s an unpowered microphone, meaning there are no batteries to deal with. And it also works with your smartphone.
The Sennheiser Memory Mic isn’t all that new. It was released last year, but this is the first chance we’ve had to see and talk to somebody about them in person. So, at IBC 2019, that’s exactly what we did. It’s a neat little device, which clips onto your subject, records audio internally and then wirelessly transmits it to your phone.
One of the biggest problems for many video shooters is getting decent audio in the camera. The in-camera mics in most cameras aren’t exactly great, and so you need to go external. Sennheiser’s XSW-D range makes getting external audio into your camera easy, and it does it wirelessly over 2.4Ghz. We spoke to Sennhesier at IBC 2019 to find out more.
Sennheiser’s new Memory Mic is a wireless microphone designed for smartphones. We saw it teased at NAB earlier in the year, and it does look like a pretty cool piece of microphone tech. It connects via Bluetooth but keeps recording without dropping even if you go out of range of the phone. And if the Sennheiser samples clips are anything to go by, it sounds pretty good, too.
I use my phone to grab quick video clips regularly. But it’s not ideal, especially when it comes to audio. Smartphone microphones just aren’t that great. It’s a little ironic, really, given that, being phones, their primary function is to hear people talking and to let other people hear you talk. But when you point a phone camera at somebody and they start talking, usually you just hear them drowned out by background noise.
It appears Sennheiser are working to solve this problem, though, with a new product they’re calling “Memory Mic”. This is a working title as it’s still in development, but it essentially allows you to record audio wirelessly on your subject, and it does it without continuous access to wifi or Bluetooth. NoFilmSchool got to check it out in person at NAB this week and recorded a short video.
Recording audio off the camera is as vital to filmmakers as getting the flash off the hotshoe is to photographers. Just as there are different options with off-camera flash, there are also a number of different microphone options when it comes to off-camera audio.
In this video from Adorama TV, David Day walks us through the two main types of microphones used to record sound. He explains the advantages and disadvantages of each and what types of shooting situations that each is often best suited to.
Being photographers we are accustomed to pay attention to composition, lighting, depth of field, colors, focal length and many other factors that comprise the final frame.
Photographers entering the world of video have the advantage of already mastering all these aspects, but one of the most important aspects in video gets ignored way too often – audio.
Audio recording is not something that automatically comes to mind for a stills photographer, in many cases leading to sloppy sound that ruins the video, but luckily Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens is here to help.
Watch the video for five options for recording audio in your home studio. Jay explains the advantages, disadvantages and price of these solutions, ranging from free to $1,000.