Anyone shoot video with their DSLR and have trouble with the in camera mic? The one in my Canon 1D Mark IV is not so good. If there is any wind, it sounds terrible and I have not been able to shield it.
Excerpt from ad:
"RØDE Microphones is extremely proud to announce the VideoMic HD, a high-fidelity, precision RF bias shotgun microphone with integrated digital recording, designed for use with DSLR and large-sensor video cameras."
Since I want a microphone to pick up bird sounds and other critters while shooting video of wildlife, I think, based on reading, I need a shotgun type to only pick up what I'm aiming at and not other sounds behind and to the sides. And, I need some type of wind protector. I could just get a Rode (or Sennheiser or some other one) shotgun mic with a Redhead or other windscreen, but ...
Also, in my reading, I found that a lot of people shooting video with dSLR use an off camera sound recorder in addition to the mic. Then they delete the sound track saved by the camera and splice in the good one from the better equipment. This involves up to three pieces of equipment you have to deal with and all sorts of brackets and mounting hardware. http://dpexperience.com/2010/02/12/recording-audio-with-your-video-dslr-part-i/
The Rode unit that is coming out sounds too good to be true because it is all in one unit.
Well, an on-camera mic is fraught with problems. Some auto-focusing or auto-anything lenses make noise that is picked up. A shotgun mic would be a step in the right direction. You see those guys with clear parabolic reflector microphones at sporting events. I am thinking that would be better than a shotgun mic for bird sounds.
I have used it with some of my noisy footage from an old Sony Digital8 camcorder. And I had a shotgun mic with a wind-noise cover. Still, when it is windy, you are going to get some wind noise. My Noise Reduction 2 plug-in did an amazing job in my Vegas video editing. It got most of the wind noise and you could still hear what people were saying, only much better. I would still like to get one of those clear parabolic mics, though, for nature sounds.
Thanks for the link niceguy2. I see a lot of good info, especially about flash. I do use a better beamer some of the time. But, I didn't see anything about using an off-camera mic with DSLR to improve sound. Was it there and I missed it?