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I'll be doing video interviews of some folks outdoors. Subjects will be seated, the camera will be on a tripod, and I'll have access to 110V AC. I've never done video interviews before, and the big question I have is about capturing the audio. Should I look for a camera that takes an external mic, or should I forget recording "good" audio onto the video track and use a separate digital voice recorder? I have experience editing video to match up video & audio tracks, so I'm not worried about post-production.
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Whichever. You need a decent mic and you need to make sure that there is no hum in the audio. To get clean sound you better be using an XLR mic, also verify that the camera does not hum when connected to AC. An external recorder may produce cleaner sound, just don't forget to turn it on.

Better to have two mics recording both ways, just in case.
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Originally Posted by minameismud View Post

I'll be doing video interviews of some folks outdoors.

That is a very difficult situation. No matter what you do, there will almost always be background noise picked up by any mic.

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