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check check one two I’m just gonna come
right out and say it *GARBLED NOISE* sorry about that
what I meant to say is that having good audio in your videos is as important if
not more important than having good quality video what is up people Dunna
here and today I’m gonna tell you how to get better audio in your videos if
you’re new around the channel welcome I do videos every Monday about video photo
music and life so if you’re into any of those things make sure to subscribe to
the channel to see more I try my best to answer every single comment so drop one
down below and let’s chat so how do you get better audio for your videos and
today we’re gonna be specifically talking about choosing the right
microphone believe it or not I am NOT a full time youtuber I know
crazy right for the past 10 years I have been working as an audio engineer and
music producer so I record people and I produce music for people so audio is a
pretty huge part of my life and with that being said I am pretty confident in
telling you that there is not one microphone that is best for every single
situation there are a pile of different types of microphones that you can use
and some are best in some situations and some are best in other ones so today
we’re gonna go over three different microphones three and a half that you
can be using on your videos I’m gonna show you what each of those microphones
sound like talk about what they’re good for what they’re not so good for when it
makes sense to use them and I’m also gonna give you some tips on how to get
the most out of them first and foremost the most popular choice amongst
youtubers is the on-camera shotgun microphone now you’ve seen this in
videos before where the youtubers have a microphone right up on their camera it’s
like this big kind of handle looking thing don’t pick it up by the microphone
it’s not good for it a popular choice for this is the rode videomic series I
personally use a microphone called the Sony ECM GZ 1m and it’s built just for
Sony cameras it fits in the hot shoe so rather than actually using the audio
input port you just slide this thing right in the hot shoe and it
automatically connects to the camera one of the things to note about this is
you don’t get to set the volume with this microphone it automatically does it
for you in the camera so if you want to set your own volume maybe something like
a rode videomic might be a little bit better for you an on-camera shotgun mic
is gonna be great for run-and-gun situations if you’re vlogging or if
you’re running around town and you’re not sure what you’re gonna be capturing
exactly this can be a great microphone for you because it’s just kind of always
there it does a good job of picking up high-quality audio with that being said
there are two ways that I transfer files from my camera to my phone the first way
being that I shoot Sony and I know that a lot of other camera manufacturers have
this built in as well it’s super easy to set up you throw it on your camera you
plug it in and you’re good to go one of the best things about this setup is that
there’s no syncing of audio and video and post because you’re going straight
into the camera it’s already synced up for you so when you pull the video in
it’s already got the audio lined up some of the downsides to this setup is that
you can only really use this well with the wide-angle lens the reason that I
say this is because you want to be close to the camera general rule of thumb is
to keep the microphone as close to you as possible so if you’re using the
wide-angle lens you can get the camera closer which means you’re gonna get
better quality audio another downside to this is that sometimes because of the
proximity of the microphone to the lens it picks up some of the sounds in the
camera it depends on the lens and how loud the focusing system is but I
noticed sometimes it can pick up some of my lenses generally it’s not a huge deal
but it is there so it’s something to consider for example right now my camera
is sitting about five feet away from me because I’ve got a thirty millimeter
lens on the Sony ECM gz1m microphone is on top of the camera and you’ll
notice that it’s picking up the whole room all of that echo and reverb that’s
going on so this is not an ideal situation for the way that I’m currently
shooting where this does best is when I’m out and I’m holding the camera on a
gorilla pod or something and it’s fairly close to my face and you don’t have to
worry about cables or any of that kind of stuff you can just run a gun and
you’re good to go the second microphone setup I want to
talk about today is the lav mic now we’ve all seen these guys too they clip
onto the shirt or they go inside the shirt and generally the idea is to try and
hide this as best as possible one of the things that I really hate is when you
can see a lav mic it just kind of takes you out of the whole experience
now this microphone for me was kind of an experiment I wanted to see how this
would stand up against something like the on-camera shotgun microphone and I
was pleasantly surprised this is just a super cheap lav or lapel mic that they
sell on Amazon from a company called poweredewise I’m pretty sure I picked
it up for pretty close to $20 it says that it’s normally like $55 but it was
on sale when I bought it and I just checked now and it’s still on sale so go
check that out if you want and it does perform really well one thing that’s
awesome about this is that I can plug it straight into my phone well not straight
into my phone you know iPhone users no headphone jack you can either use the
built-in voice message app or if you want a little better quality there are
lots of apps out there I personally use the one made by Rode you don’t have to
have a rode microphone to use it and it’s totally free and it works great
recently I made a video about my 16 millimeter Sigma lens and I tested this
setup and it worked awesome I can say from personal experience that I use this
thing all the time it’s a little bit deceiving because 16 millimeters on an
aps-c size sensor like this camera it’s actually the equivalent of a 24
millimeter if it was on a full-frame camera so what that means is it’s
actually cropping in a little bit more than the name suggests some of the nice
things about this are that the microphone ends up being very close to
your mouth so you’re mostly picking up what you’re saying and not so much of
the surroundings another thing is that you don’t need to be close to the camera
because no matter where you are the microphone stays close to your mouth
because I just plug it straight into my phone I can move around as much as I
want and the setup kind of goes with me like I said this one was really cheap
and it still does a great job some of the things that aren’t so good about
this is that you can get a ruffling sound from the clothes or from people
moving around or touching it with this one if you’re gonna record to your phone
you do have to sync the audio later and setting it up is a little bit of a pain
the little clips that come with it kind of suck and I don’t like when you can
see it so the way that I prefer to do it is I use a little bit of gaff tape make
a gaff tape triangle put it on the front
side and I take another tiny little piece of gaff tape put it in front of it
like this there on it up my shirt I’m gonna tape it just out
of sight plug it into my phone and now we can listen to what this lav
microphone sounds like so you can hear that because it’s so close to my mouth
we get a nice clean signal we’re not hearing a lot of what’s going on in the
room now one of the things that I’m not crazy about about lav mics is they often
kind of sound muffled now you can fix this in post-processing but there’s
something about the fact that it’s under my chin and it’s hidden under my shirt
then it kind of muffles the sound and you have to brighten it up in post also
there’s this so any kind of movement can kind of make a muffly sound and the
third option for microphone setup is an overhead shot gun or boom mic I’m gonna
switch lenses so you can see mine so this here is my rode ntg-2 this is my
favorite option for sit down and talk at the camera type of videos because I can
just kind of set it up here and totally forget about it I can move around a
little bit and it still does a good job of picking up what’s going on around but
I don’t have to worry about something being attached to me like the lav mic I
just make sure it’s set slightly out of the frame and then I’m good to go
some of the good things about this is that you can get it very close to your
face right now this is like six to eight inches away from my face and it’s
pointing directly at my mouth so it’s picking up exactly what’s coming out
because it’s a super cardioid microphone it picks up just what’s in front of it
it’s a very directional microphone so if you point it directly at the source
you’re good to go some of the downsides to this setup is
that it’s not very portable so as you can see in the shot here
I actually am hooking it up to an external recorder and the external
recorder has to have phantom power I think this can be powered by battery as
well but I find it a little bit easier if I just do it with the phantom power
built into my zoom h4n but again I had to buy a whole separate unit so this is
starting to get to be a bit of an expensive kind of setup and then because
I’ve got the whole thing in the XLR cable and the power it’s not a very
portable thing I wouldn’t want to go running around with this and having to
set it up every time the only time that these
things can be portable is if you actually have someone holding a boom arm
with the microphone on the end of it doing sound so if you’ve got a team
around you again with this one you’re gonna run into the thing where because
I’m recording externally I’m also gonna have to sync it afterwards which again I
don’t think it’s that big of a deal but a lot of people like to complain about
it so I figured I’d mention it anyway just so you know so now we’ve talked
about the main three setups we’ve got the on-camera shotgun which I think is
best for if you’re running and gunning you’re not sure what you’re gonna be
shooting lots of vloggers like this setup because there’s nothing going on
you just put it on the camera and it’s ready to go the second one is the lav
microphone which has become one of my favorite for being out if I’m doing like
a planned video and I’m going out the third microphone is the overhead boom
shotgun microphone I personally like these for these kinds of sit down in one
place and talk at the camera kind of setups now earlier I mentioned that
there were three and a half that’s because I wanted to show you what it
sounds like to just use the microphones built into the camera if you’re new to
making videos you might think that it’s okay to use the microphones in the
camera and if that’s all you’ve got then that’s better than nothing but I do
suggest that you invest in some better quality audio because usually on most of
these cameras the audio quality is terrible so let’s do a comparison
between all four different styles in this current setting so that you can
hear what I’m talking about so again remember that the lav microphone is very
close to my face the boom microphone is very close to my face
the shotgun on the camera is about five feet away and the in-camera microphones
are also about five feet away so in a setting like this this is what that
would sound like what is up people Dunna here and today we’re talking about
how to get better audio for your videos by choosing the right microphone what is
up people Dunna here and today we’re talking about how to get better audio
for your videos by choosing the right microphone what is up people Dunna here
and today we’re talking about how to get better audio for your videos by choosing
the right microphone what is up people Dunna here and today we’re talking about
how to get better audio for your videos by choosing the right microphone
now I’ve told you about the microphones but I want to give you a couple of tips
on how you can get the best quality audio for your videos first and foremost
if at all possible record to an external recorder the
quality that’s going to come out of that is going to be far superior to the
quality coming off of the camera and the reason for that are something called the
preamps the preamps are what take the microphone signal and boost it to a
level that is recordable if you have good quality preamps there won’t be very
much noise or hiss on the signal if you have bad quality preamps you’re gonna
get some noise in your signal and it’s not going to be as good quality this
isn’t always an option depending on your situation and some camera manufacturers
have better preamps than others but if you can record to an external recorder
another tip is to get that microphone as close to your subject as possible the
closer the microphone is to the subject the more it picks up of that subject and
the less of the surroundings so if you don’t want to hear the echo or the
reverb in the room or if you don’t want to hear the birds chirping and the
traffic get that microphone nice and close another tip is to make sure you’re
setting the right level general rule of thumb is that the loudest sound you
think you’re going to get set that so it’s about three-quarters of the way up
on the meter then you’ve got a little bit of room just in case something
louder happens but also you know you’re not going to be distorting the signal
you can always turn it up a little bit in post-production if you need to
another tip that I have for you is to plan ahead if you can if you know you’re
going out to do a shoot try and plan your audio just as much as you plan your
video and your lighting like I said before it’s as important if not more
important just kidding it’s definitely more important leave a comment below and
let me know what is your audio setup why do you like it or if you don’t like your
current setup let me know what you would like and why all of the products that I
talked about today including the microphones and the recorder are all
linked in the description below as well as most of the rest of my setup as far
as camera and lenses and stuff those are affiliate links so if you feel like
buying something and use those links it helps me out and it doesn’t cost you any
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I really hope you had fun thanks for watching and I’ll see you guys next time How To Get Better Audio In Your Videos

Otis Rodgers



  1. Dunna Did It Posted on July 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Now that you know how to get better audio in your videos, are you going to change anything? Or were you already NAILING IT?!?

  2. Maquil Real Posted on July 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    This is just what i needed! have been looking around on the internet how to get better audio. Amazing video

  3. ZacharyWiley Posted on July 9, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Super informative video!!! I am currently still building my audio setup and am looking at getting the audio technica AT875R. So I was wondering, what are you using to hold your boom mic and zoom h4n? Thanks! 🙂

  4. Jacob Christian Glover Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    AGC! "Always Good Content!" Dunna, you Dunna Did It again… Great tutorial. Be well, stay encouraged, and Encouraging!

  5. Jo Olmedo Posted on July 9, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Always top notch videos! Great info and tips 👍

  6. Obie Columbus Posted on July 9, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Nice Tips, the inbuilt mic on the camera is not good. How difficult is it to sink audio in post after external recording, may be you can make a video on that. I had fun tho.

  7. Obie Columbus Posted on July 9, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    That will be awesome.

  8. Johnny Ring Posted on July 9, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Great tips Dunna! Love the content you produce. What’s the name of the song in the end? Love the base in it.

  9. James Hastings Posted on July 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Oh man, I was totally out of touch with how good the inexpensive Lavs have become. I've been renting Sennheisers for the last couple years when I need lavs on shoots, but I think I might just invest in a couple cheap ones for the lower-budget stuff.

    This is a great resource video for the folks that are just getting into the scene. It'll be nice to have something from a local person to share when people ask me questions.

    Side note, I'd be really interested to see you do a video about simple acoustic treatment techniques. Might be another cool resource for new folks.

  10. John Indiveri Media Posted on July 9, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Dunna! Great vid, thank you for the tips, the lav mic plugged into my phone with the Rhode app may be something I give a try!

  11. Mark Holtze Posted on July 10, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Audio honestly is my first priority. You can always fix bad vis, it's much harder to fix bad audio. Taking it a step further, sound design (working on some right now on a show i'm working on) is probably one of my favourite layers to apply to an edit. The two really go hand in hand, a nice cut combined with perfect sound design removes any need to flashy transition.



    okay back to work.

  12. Real Life Travel Posted on July 10, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Awesome video buddy!

  13. Gaurav Pasi Posted on July 10, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for the great upload! Content was top notch. 🙂

    Can you please make a follow-up video on this one and show us how to sync external audio to the video? I mean, there will be different takes and then the lenth of the audio file will not necessarily match with the video file, some times you just leave the audio on and record another take…. All this mess of number of different files to sync scares the crap out of me. And what if on one single recording (audio and video) you have different takes of multiple scenes and then you choose take one OK for scene 1 and take 3 OK for scene/shot 2. How do you match it all up?

    Sorry for the long question…. But like they say, "the stupidest question is the one you DON'T ask." 😉

  14. Pinoy in the UK, Kahimo&Rachel Posted on July 10, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    i go with the LAV,,but the thing is you have to sync and you said is a bit of a pain,,,like you video mate,,very informative,,

  15. Emilio Takas Posted on July 11, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Lots of congrats for the great quality content you are posting. I admire your consistency on your videos even that the views are not the ones you deserve. I believe you are going to "explode" really soon on your stats. Keep up the good work you have a new sub from Greece.

  16. sammymakes Posted on July 11, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Just found your channel. Super helpful. Thanks Dunna!

  17. Aditya Raj Posted on July 13, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Nice video man, and with cap on, you look a bit like Peter McKinnon! 💯
    and ya, INSTANT SUBSCRIBE! 🔥

  18. BEJAY Posted on July 15, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Niiiiiice. Now I know they’re different microphones I can uses in different situations

  19. BEJAY Posted on July 15, 2018 at 10:10 am

    And ohhh! Nice tats. Hehe

  20. HappyCarlsons TV Posted on July 19, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I need a boom man graff whatever person lol *new sub*

  21. Gelo Psycho Posted on July 22, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    yeah! amen brothaman. thanks!

  22. Emeka Attoh Posted on July 24, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Getting audio right is a priority for any video content creator. Simply because you can't fix it in post. Thanks, Dunna. Great video. What do you think of my audio on my channel?

  23. CNMTCFilms Posted on July 25, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Great video! 😄

  24. Pelle Kuipers Posted on August 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Do you postprocess your audio in your video editor or in a DAW? Do you use any thirdparty plug-in for your audio?

  25. JJ Kirby Posted on August 9, 2018 at 12:38 am

    Suddenly fell in love with this channel, it is everything I want my channel to be

  26. Mizan Hamzah Posted on August 13, 2018 at 6:01 am

    im starting to love your channel, hopefully you will constantly create helpful videos, keep it up!

  27. michaelbmast Posted on August 20, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Really great video… I’ve arrived to all of your suggestion through trial and error… wish I had this video when I started out!

  28. Optimal Review Posted on August 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Great stuff man! What do you think about an external mic only? How does it work without connecting another mic to it? (Like the boom in yours) I’m just thinking about using an external only? What’s your opinion?

  29. Simple Sandals Media Posted on September 3, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Thanks to this video I became a subscriber.

  30. Sean Batterberry Posted on September 21, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Love your videos, Dunna. I had a feeling you were an audio engineer. Your audio is always really clean and pleasing to the ear. Thanks for continuing to come out with great content for those of us who are trying to navigate this crazy world of video. Cheers brother!

  31. Marlon Moisés Posted on September 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Great videos in general, subscribed ❤️

  32. Stefan Abad Posted on September 29, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Shot with SONY? I like the color grade. (Y)
    Two thumbs up!

  33. Mohd Arman Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    This video is my saver. I am on Sony a6000 . And I wasn't able to find the mic. Also I was amazed when you shot the sequence in the last part that said shot on Sony a6000. I mean how so crisp. Are u on sigma 30mm f1.4 ??? … Amazed mann

  34. Henrik Posted on October 20, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I would like to hear the Sony Shotgun Mic processed properly. It sounds like it needs either a deesser, low pass filter, eq, compression or all of above.

  35. CNMTCFilms Posted on October 27, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    What do you use as a stand for the microphone? And, should i buy an NTG4 or an NTG2? Right now, the NTG is 42 bucks cheaper. ☺️

  36. Matt Loberstein Posted on November 5, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Great video – I need a shotgun!

  37. Paulo Ferreira Posted on November 6, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Is it possible to have an overhead shotgun microfone like the Rode Micro, directly connected to the camera, via a longer wire?
    This way you wouldn't need to synch the sound later.

  38. ANANTA AASHA Posted on November 8, 2018 at 8:47 am

    I think you are the right man I was looking for.
    I have rode NtG 2 mice and Sony a7 camera.
    I lost my zoom h recorder.
    The sound straight from mice to camera is not good. And I can’t afford new zoom recorder.
    Is there anything I can do to get quality sound using NtG mice and Sony a7 ?
    Thank you.
    Loved your videos.
    And Subscribed too.

  39. Según Micha Posted on November 28, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Good videos man haha 👏

  40. Chuck Tipton Posted on December 2, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I'm reviewing several of your tutorials today, and I just finished setting up a small studio at home pulling together some old parts from various projects over the years, but first time using them for recording sound for DSLR shot videos. I'm using a Shure SM7B as a voice over microphone, XLR connected to a Mackie 1202 mixer. Then connecting the Mackie to the Line in on my PC. Finding that I need to boost gain a fair amount on both the Mackie and the Line in, but I seem to be capturing good voice quality without clipping with this setup. I also have a Zoom H4N that has an XLR connection, I found your positive comment about using an external recorder interesting – especially as I don't know how to sync audio yet LOL. So, off to search for a "how to sync audio with my video" tutorial. Any comments on either of these approaches is appreciated, thanks again for the tremendous amount of information you are providing, appreciate it.

  41. Chellyn Mildon Posted on December 15, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    great vid! Peter McKinnon is gunna have a run for his money because of your expertise.. peace Pete! still luv ya!

  42. Gordon Lamb Posted on December 21, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Agreed, 100.0%. I wear a hero6 while rock climbing and mic quality was by far my biggest complaint. So, external mic, right?

    Turns out the hero6 uses a proprietary USB-C mic protocol, and their proprietary ADC, while decent, is massive and unweildy. Add a mic, and suddenly you're not a robust, portable rig anymore. So frustrating.

    It's remarkable how often no attention is paid to audio quality.

  43. Peter Nicholson Posted on January 26, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Your boom mic sounded far far better!

  44. Pipo Bk Posted on January 26, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Great video … About audio. Definitely taking the leap of faith and getting a lire camera + external audio setup

  45. Al_ Bedo1255 Posted on February 2, 2019 at 7:47 am

    thank u bro u helped me a lot 🙂

  46. alexbanv Posted on February 11, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Straight to the point, accurate and variable with what you say, as well as examples (which never hurts). Great video man, keep it up! <3

  47. BackpackingVideos Posted on February 24, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Any suggestions for an affordable boom pole and mic extension so I can get the mic as close to my head as possible? I'm going to give the boom pole setup a try with my Rode Video micro just to see how I like it.

  48. DJ KVN - KRZ PRODUCTIONS Posted on February 26, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Hey Dunna, I'm a DJ I have a few Shure mics (sm58, handheld, etc) and a lav Sennheiser kit. Just started by buying a 6500 and 16mm sigma lens for wedding videos of my productions, might start explaining in videos what's going on. What should I use? The lav? Should I get a shotgun mic? Thanks for all your videos they really help out!

  49. Los de La Pressa Posted on March 5, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    what could I use to get live music to sound better in a video in a home setting for example?

  50. Stephen Krieger Posted on March 18, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Hey Dunna, now that this video is 8 months old and tech is always changing, do you have any updated opinion on newer audio gear? Like, do you still use the Sony as your run and gun shotgun mic? Or are you still happy with the lav mic? The external recorder?

    Thanks for making great, easy to understand content!

  51. Kylie Crystal Clear Posted on June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    What type of mic setup would you recommend to record a small group?

  52. Shevori Gene Posted on June 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Great video! You are providing me with a lot of useful videos!!

  53. Exploring Soul Posted on July 10, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Can I connect external mic to canon sx50hs camera? Since I don’t see particular3.5 jack for mic