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Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:10:24 PM »
Not sure what to get, just picked up a Canon Vixia Camera to do some HD videos, I'm looking at creating professional quality and I'm not sure what Mic to get, Looking at under $150..any experience would be great Thanks.
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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2012, 03:28:21 PM »
I'm not an expert but a third option is a lapel mic wired to a digital recorder in your pocket.

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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2012, 03:35:13 PM »
Very (VERY) happy with the Blue Yeti USB microphone.

http://www.google.com/search?q=blue+microphones+yeti

Very rich sound, and highly versatile.
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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2012, 08:34:24 PM »
I guess I should have explained a little more, looking for a wireless mic that I can wear and have it plug into the camera through a receiver, or should I just use a stationary boom mic... The Canon wireless Mic's are over $300..too much for my budget at the moment
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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012, 09:34:53 AM »
My camera is a Vixia and I have the shotgun mic, I also bought a pretty damn expensive wireless mic set for it (over three hundred bucks) the wireless mic has so many issues with static, and interruptions, etc. 

Over the years I have determined Sennheiser makes the best wireless mics and they are expensive, very expensive, to expensive for me to buy one at this time.

Audio Technica is junk, known as junk and you might as well give your money to orphans then buy one of their mics

Azden is considered the lowest quality mic worth buying, it is what I bought, I don't even use them due to the above issues.

Shotgun mics are damn solid, the only restriction is you can only be so far from the camera and you can't turn you back on it, especially out side.  The Vixia has a plug and play mic it is what I always use.  If you will be inside, or in set ups where you have no need to turn your back on the camera I would not even consider a wireless mic for now.  The shotgun takes two seconds to install and since it is made for the camera there is nothing to set other then a manual switch on the mic for how tight to focus it.

This is the mic I am talking about http://www.amazon.com/Canon-2591B002-Directional-Microphone-Camcorders/dp/B0012ILNK0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1328369586&sr=8-3

Truth told I will likely break down and buy a good Sennheiser mic this year.  We have some gun vids and some other stuff planned where we really need it.  However even then in many instances I will use the shotty, indoors it works flawlessly and the wind screen does really work well out doors.  The only issue like I said is turning your back to the camera.

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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2012, 11:13:29 AM »
Thanks Jack, that's basically what I'm looking for, I was looking at the Rodes mic, but the Canon comes with the windscreen for around the same price.
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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2012, 02:20:06 PM »
I use http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DUCRXS/ref=asc_df_B002DUCRXS1887565?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B002DUCRXS.

Battery power is a major issue they just dont last very long.  Sound quality is reasonable, but it isn't great.  the mic is too obvious as well.  Seriously a huge blue light?  Finally, its bluetooth that is only able to be paired with its reciever.  I can't pair it with my iPhone.  That is just crazy.  Sony can do better.  hopefully they will soon.

here is a video i did with the mic in some challenging conditions fairly windy on a shooting range.  its an eh product that gets the job done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQpWtJsApXQ

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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2012, 11:35:17 PM »
I am using the Sony WCS 999 wireless lavalier mic on my Sony HDR XR550.
Plugs right into the Camcorder and does a good job. Cost is about 90 bucks.
It occasionally crackles when I tough metal but the sound quality is very good.
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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2012, 05:25:21 AM »
I've heard that the Rode VideoMic is awesome. If you want an inexpensive (wired) lavalier microphone you can buy the Audio-Technica ATR-3350 for $20 at Amazon.
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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2012, 03:40:35 PM »
I've heard that the Rode VideoMic is awesome. If you want an inexpensive (wired) lavalier microphone you can buy the Audio-Technica ATR-3350 for $20 at Amazon.

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Re: Boom Mic or Wireless Mic?
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2012, 09:16:27 PM »
I got a Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB desktop microphone for youtube screencasts.  It makes my voice sound better than it actually is IMO.  Certainly better than the microphone on my video camera.

Of course I am sure it is junk compared to what Jack is using, but for $60 I can't complain!  I am sure it would be fine for a beginner at podcasting.