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Old 09-17-2016, 07:17 PM   #1
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Audio Quality From Consumer Video Camera

What is the easiest and most economical way to get better audio quality out of a consumer video camera than the quality that is gotten from simply using the onboard-microphone?

Best-Buy has consumer video cameras for about $300 that have a 3.5mm microphone input, if a person is standing about 10 feet away from the camera and simply holds a wired microphone that goes into the 3.5mm input, would that be pretty good quality audio? Or not much better than just using the onboard microhpone?

I'm planning to interview some people.

It seems like the only other option is to buy a high definition audio recorder and have them hold it like a microphone and then sync it up afterward.

Any insight or thoughts or experiences are welcome
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:20 AM   #2
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The first "secret" to good production audio is proximity, getting the mic in close.

In physics, an inverse-square law is any physical law stating that a specified physical quantity or intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source of that physical quantity.

So a mic four (4) feet away is only one-sixteenth (1/16) as loud than a mic one (1) foot away.

The second "secret" to good production audio is a properly aimed microphone.

The mic should be above and in front of the speaker aimed at the notch at the base of the throat.

From there it is all about gaining skill and experience and improving your tool kit.

I can't understand the aversion to using interview mics when doing interviews.

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