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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:37 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Clint Grant
Ty, thanks for the lav suggestion, but I already have one. This was my mistake, as I didn't mention that. Yes, I already use lav mics, but need a camera mounted/boom mike for some closer shots. I apologize for not mentioning this earlier, as I have created more trouble! Sorry everyone, Clint

Ah, closer.....as in 2 feet or less?

For close up run and gun work, you'll probably be OK. Ambient noise, especially that behind the subject may be a problem. Think of it in terms of backlighting. You might have to spin them around to get a quieter background.

I did this on location in Downtown DC when doing some interviews. With a busy street behind the interviewee the noise was a problem. We spun them around with an alley behind them and the sound was a lot better.

BTW, I have a video clip of me with the Rode VideoMic, but it's not on the camera. The clip is in my online archive (on my site) and in the Video folder.


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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:48 AM   #17
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Right on Lawrence. That is exactly what the VideoMic was designed for. It is meant to be a studio quality replacement to your on-camera mic. Your post is dead-on, it's meant for a one man band, run-n-gun style shooter. With a wide-angle you can get closer to the talent, and closer is always better with audio. In fact, it's the key to great audio. Everytime you can half the distance to the sound source, you are effectively DOUBLING YOUR SPL (Sound Pressure Level). This is called the inverse square law.

I'll be ordering the extension cable from RODE to see how well it handles on a boom, I'm excited about the VideoMic because it does allow the shooter who could not afford a BeachTek XLR adapter + shotgun to still get high quality audio at an affordable price. I wish more people that were shopping for the "best camera for $ xxxx" would factor in a nice mic and light kit instead of blowing the whole budget on just the camera. Quality sound and lighting is what will truly increase the production value of any project.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 10:59 AM   #18
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I just got the videomic and have used it for a couple of shoots, all indoor stuff, essetially interviews or dialogs between 2 people. I have been using an NT3 on a mic stand through a mixer (for the highpass filter). So far, I am very happy with the videomic, especially for an evening shoot after my day job. It makes the set-up and take down much simpler. I haven't done a direct comparison between it and the NT3 but my impression is, the quality is about 90%. In some very quite parts I think I was still picking up a little motor noise (very little) with it mounted on camera(PV-DV953), I just did a shoot Sunday and mounted on my "high Tech" Stabilizer (an "L" flash braket), that worked great! You can't beat if for convenience and price. If you get the the NT-2 you'll still have to get a shock-mount and cable. Disclaimer: I am very very new to video.

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