Hey guys! I am brand new to not only the videohelp.com forums, but to doing video work in general. I did not post to the newbie section because every google search I did on this particular topic led me to this section. Please keep in mind I am very new, but am starting to pick up on some of the terminology you guys are using. Anyway, what I am wanting to know is what my best option is for an external microphone with what I am wanting to do. I have a little set I have been building over the past 6 months in my house and I am going to be recording short "disccusion/teaching" segments with me and a white board. I had originally opted to go with the wired option, but as it has developed I began looking into wireless options. However, when doing a search I found there were tons of options out there and many of which I am not even sure will work with my particular camcorder. I did find that the "Beachtek DXA-2T" adapter was mentioned several times, but wanted to get an answer directly from someone before I invested in anything. This is a low budget operation and more for fun than anything. I just want it to sound and look as good as it can. I own a Canon Vixia HF g10 which is what I will be doing most of my recording with, but I also own a Canon 60D I have wondered if I could use as well if I wanted to use 2 angles instead of one static (but i am not sure how that all works with the audio and such). I will be editing these videos using CS6 Adobe Premier - if that matters at all? I also would like to do some sort of interview type videos as well. I assume the lavalier option would be the best, but you guys tell me! I apologize the post is so long, but I wanted to give you all as much info as I could. Thanks for the help!
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The Beachtek adapter helps you to connect microphones and/or audio gear (an audio mixer for example) with XLR (also known as canon) connectors. Have you decided what kind/make of microphone youīll be using? do you have a budget for your audio equipment? Hereīs an older thread about mic options:
maybe it could help you.
You can even make do without the beachteck adapter (I do have one of these, not that exact model but one very similar and works very well for me but I have several different microphones I have purchased over the years.
If right now I was to make a video like the one you describe (one person in front of the camera alongside a white board, not moving around, and simple interviews with letīs say, the people being interviewed sitting in a chair) I would use my Audio Technica ATR 35 lavalier, itīs a wired mic but itīs cable is long enough for practical uses (especially as a I mentiones, fixed shots without a lot of movement, then Iīd need a wireless one), it has a miniplug that will readily connect into your cameraīs mic jack (remember to set the audio level manually to avoid AGC noise issues) this kind of mic is quite inexpensive compared most in itīs category but I think it doesnīt sound bad at all (itīs not the best either as can be expected), if you want to experiment with a simmilar cheap alternative RadioShack sells this:
I have it as an "emergency microphone" and can do the job also, but has a much shorter cable (youīd have to buy an extension for it)
Choice - yes, you can use the 60D and the HF G10 for a 2 camera setup. The least expensive wireless mic you can buy that won't give you a bunch of noise and static is the Sennheiser G3 at about $629. You will need a $17 XLR to 3.5mm adapter/line matching transformer to plug the Sennheiser's receiver into your HF G10. This is what I use to match impedances between pro XLR balanced output and the 3.5mm inputs of consumer camcorders and DSLRs.
Dave Dugdale at LearningDSLRVideo explains here why the G3 is the best wireless in its class:
If $600+ is too much to spend, I recommend a separate sound recorder and syncing your audio in Premier. It's not that hard to clap your hands at the beginning of each take and synchronize the sound from the recorder.
I would get a $178 Tascam DR-40 4 track recorder and a $199 Audio Technica AT899 or a Countryman EMW with XLR output ($249 new or $140 used from Adorama). The preamps in the Tascam are superior to those in your cameras, and the AT899 and EMW are professional quality lavaliers. This will give you pro quality sound for not a lot of money.
Good luck with your project!
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