Date: January 25, 2017
Subject: Camera Microphones
Goodman, Jay. “Buying Guide: Shotgun Microphones.” Adorama Learning Center. Adorama
Camera Inc., 11 Jan. 2016. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.
Sean. “The Top 10 Best Microphones for DSLR Video Cameras.” Mic Reviews. N.p., 13 Nov.
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After completing research regarding lighting, specifically three point lighting, the next topic that I needed to research was audio. From my interview with Mr. Benson Quach, he noticed that I focused a lot of my energies on the visuals, which is important; however, there was a lack of attention on the audio. While a video revolves around what is seen, the story is ultimately told by what is said. And if there is trouble hearing what is being said, then the entire story falls apart. Therefore, before continuing research upon shooting techniques, lighting options, or even editing methods, the priority was audio.
While I knew the basics on audio, I got a deeper and more solidified understanding of what microphone options I have. The first article I looked at, “The Top 10 Best Microphones for DSLR Video Cameras”, delineated the different types of microphones are available for me, including shotgun, lavalier, handheld, and headsets. As I expected, shotguns and lavaliers will be the most beneficial for me and my filming purposes. However from here, I always seem to encounter some roadblocks – the biggest being financial barriers. Typically the upper-quality microphones tend to be much more costly. And even from my interview from Mr. Joshua Oh, he mentioned that unlike lighting, there is no “loophole” or way of going around expensive lighting. Therefore, the two underlying questions that still remain for me is how much I actually want to invest in a microphone and how much I am willing to compromise for its price.
With all of this information, I decided to further my research by looking into specific microphones at varying qualities, varying advantages, and varying price points. While the first article did offer some available choices, I chose to find another article, “Buying Guide: Shotgun Microphones”, to compare which microphones overlap between the two – shotgun to be specific. I decided to choose just shotgun, as it provides usage for a more versatile range of purposes, while lavaliers are just good for interview purposes, especially disadvantageous when needed to be mobile.
From contrasting both articles, I found several microphones that overlapped, including RODE Videomic Pro, RODE Videomic Go, and Sennheiser MKE, which price ranged from $100 to $350. Therefore, after research, I was able to condense it to two main brands, RODE and Sennheiser – Sennheiser being the one of higher quality ergo of higher prices as well. Through these articles, I was really able to understand the different types of microphones and the different purposes each are used for in order to maximize audio quality for a film. I look forward to furthering this research so that I can finally invest on the overall best quality, most versatile camera microphone that falls within my budget. In addition to audio, I also anticipate expanding my research to cater to my final product, specifically a short film or documentary.