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Beginner Video & Audio Setup

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Chris Do
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November 21, 2017

Chris Do shows a beginner audio/video setup, the number 1 thing to focus on is the audio gear.

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All right. When starting out with video, what would you say is the bare minimum that you would start with, just so that at least people can understand the audio and you have some kind of video recording, but like just what would be the bare minimum for somebody just starting out with not a lot of resources? We're talking about equipment, Rachel. Yep. OK. The thing that you're going to want to invest the most in is not what you think you want to invest in the audio capturing device. OK, I'm looking around this room here, I don't know why I put it. Oh, here it is. I'll find it. Hold on. OK this microphone is the same one that I'm using right now, if I had a mirror, I would show to the same one where I'm getting closer to it. The same microphone that I have is very durable. This is a road video micro, and I think it's $59 here. It looks like this, and this is the dead cat and the dead cat goes in here. It helps with sound like wind noise cutting wind noise down, but otherwise it does have a lot of utility. You can keep it on your mic right now. I'm running it raw. There's no dead cat on the microphone in front of me because there's no wind in here, ok? There's no place to filter. This is, I think, a directional shotgun mic. And so it has a very narrow up pattern and you're going to need to be right up on it. What you can't see is the microphone is like 18 inches away from my mouth right now. It's on a little articulating arm called the magic friction arm. So if you have this, what you need to do is there's a standard audio cable that comes out. It's an 8 inch audio Jack. If you get an extension cable, you can run this pretty far. So if you run this from the microphone to your camera, wherever the camera is, because the camera's not going to want to be in your mug this close, you can Mount this somewhere out of sight. See you just like right there. And that's about 12 inches. And somebody said, if you imagine this as a gun and you look down the sight that needs to be pointed right at your mouth. That's how you have to look at this, so you Mount it on something, and it comes with a little shock Mount because these microphones are fairly sensitive. So if you bump them, it's going to make the sound right. So a little shock Mount and it comes with one. So you can probably put this on a little tabletop tripod, and I can put together equipment list for you to do this for as cheap as possible. So you going to put that somewhere close to you? And ideally, you would sit next to a window because you don't have a budget for lighting? If you have northern or southern light. You're going to be good. So you notice that Bonnie sits next to a big window because everything that she shoots is next to window is because the light quality is good. So you'll do that right now. You can go into Costco price club, whatever. And you could buy yourself a fairly cheap cannon, something rebel with a kit lens and just get going right away. It's probably going to cost you under $800 if you aspire to do a little higher quality work, but you're still budget kind of limited. I suggest trying to buy something used by something you use from a trusted reseller or from a friend that, you know, takes really good care of their kit. And you can do that like we bought an A7S two or three or whatever we have from somebody who I know knows how to use the camera, and there was a little superficial damage to it, but it didn't matter. I knew that the sensor was going to be good and I got it for probably $1,000 less than it costs new and it's fine by me. OK OK, so that's what you need, and there's a resource I'm going to share with you. It's DSLR DSL or video shooter Caleb pike. He has a YouTube channel. He is like the budget frugal filmmaker. So there there are other people who do like ultra ghetto setups. He's not that guy. He's trying to give you the most pro set up for the least amount of money. so DSLR video shooter, he's a good guy. I buy a lot of the gear that he recommends because I usually will shop for, like the rolls-royce, the Mercedes of the lights and camera gear, and he's going to find me something that's quite comparable for a fifth or sometimes a tenth of the cost. OK, OK. Yeah, I'm just trying to eliminate excuses for myself, like, well, I don't have the setup. It's like, no, I just bare minimum and just shut up. Pretty much audio quality is the most important, and there's a hack if you watch our channel. Mark and Aaron produce something called, I think, five production hacks. OK, learn one from one of the young guns. He took the Apple earbuds and he taped it underneath the collar of his shirt. So the microphone is facing up and the sound quality was amazing. And he basically recorded the audio to his iPhone. Pretty awesome little hack there. So the cheapo earbuds with the microphone built in, taped it right here hid underneath his collar. It sounded like a $400 lovelier. Nice. Yeah. So then later on, you have to sync the audio to the video and then you're good. Right? yeah, that's the only thing with the recording them separately. But yes, most of the times that's what we're doing. We're recording audio separately because otherwise the cameras have to be running all the time and we want to be able to start stop the camera. Premier has a built in feature to sync sound to picture. But most of us that are doing this for a living use something called plural eyes. My husband use that uses that. Yeah, he does. He does some video work, mostly editing nowadays, but he uses plurals all the time. OK yeah, colorize. That's what you do.

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