For the “Do it yourselfer”, some things fall by the wayside when planning a video. Usually 2 of those are lighting and sound. We’ll focus on sound today and the solution is really easy for a one man crew. It’s a Rode videomic. I would also recommend purchasing an extra wind shield for it called a dead cat. Don’t worry, it’s not really a dead cat. it’s just a name. but it’s really fluffy and furry looking to stop the wind from going through your microphone and driving your viewers crazy. Both of these can be picked up through your portal on Shop.com.
For folks that have seen me during Market America International Conventions and World Conferences, this microphone stays on top of my camera. Years ago when I did news interviews, that same mic was on top of a different camera! When I’m on film sets, even though we have a sound operator, I leave this on the camera so the original or “scratch” audio is there in case the recording equipment fails.
This is going to help you immensely when it comes to quick youtube videos, playing a song live in the park that you want recorded or even on the side of a busy highway! It’s still going to be loud and all but you’ll be able to hear who is ever speaking or singing.
There are a few things you need to know. The mic shape and style still pics up noise around you but it’s more focused on what and who is straight ahead. So if you are in front of the camera and there are people talking behind you, the microphone will still pick up their conversation pretty clear. The microphone comes with a black foam cover as an initial windscreen/pop filter. This is only good enough indoors or outdoors with really low wind. The dead cat will be needed to stop the sounds of stronger winds. There does come a point where it is best for the wind to die down before you start filming.