Sound Off! Microphone Buyer's Guide 2007

Videomaker by Randy Hansen
MicrophonesAudio is one-half of your finished video, yet many people seem to forget that important element. It's time to sound off about microphones.
I was watching a neighbor's video of his child's school play. The kids were adorable and the costumes well done. I would have enjoyed the play very much but for one issue: the sound. My friend and his camera were 15 rows back from the stage, the sound was muddy and indistinct, and it forced all of us in the room to lean forward in an effort to make out every word. This was a problem that never had to happen. All my friend had to do was buy a simple microphone and, if he had used it properly, his audio would have been much better.

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