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October 15, 2012

by Teresa Echazabal, VideoMaker

One way to dramatically increase the quality of your video productions is by using an external microphone rather than the one that is built into your camcorder. You will be able to get your mic closer to your talent and capture the sharpest, clearest sound possible.

Before you go shopping for a microphone, you need to know, among other things, what type of applications you will be using it for. Will you be doing interviews, voice overs, weddings, or documentaries? The answer to these questions will help you choose the right mic. Once you’ve determined what you’ll be using it for, you will need to decide how much you’ll want to spend.

Getting the Mic Off the Camera

External mics can turn an ordinary video production into one that is colorful and dramatic. Many people take sound for granted, not realizing that there is an easy way to improve it. Mics that don’t live within the camera will do that. By putting them closer to the subject rather than close to the camera allows you to capture a better quality sound, giving you a richer video experience.

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Teresa Echazabal is a freelance video editor, writer, and producer.