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TECH TIP: Getting the Shot with Corey Rich: DSLR Audio: Basic

You thought you were recording a great interview, only when you get back to the studio, you are horrified to discover that your great interview has turned into a lame mime act. Bummer! 

In a new three-part series of Tech Tips, I wanted to talk about one of the hardest, and most important, parts of shooting HD-SLR video: the audio.

In part one, I begin by discussing the most basic fundamentals: the stuff that may seem just so obvious, but is also just so important. Before you can capture crisp audio using the built-in mic on your HD-SLR, you have to think about everything from wind direction, to the faint hum of traffic in the background. Capturing great audio is all about careful consideration.

Once you grasp some of these basics, it’s time to take it a step further by adding a shotgun mic onto your camera’s hot shoe, and using a set of headphones to make sure that everything sounds great.

Listen. Audio is the hardest part of video. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out there and messed it up! But when you can really capture this beautiful world of sounds and layer them onto your next video project, you will see your production quality jump to a new level.

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  1. Great stuff, Corey! Audio has definitely been the steepest learning curve for me as I get more into video. I’ve learned a lot, but still have so much more I can pick up, Looking forward to parts 2 and 3 of the series.



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