Great video. I was laughing the whole time (pretty sure I've done everything you advised the viewer not to do).
On your audio - your mic is too far from you - and it's a consumer mic with poor off-axis sound rejection.
If you use the same mic, with the same placement, and record the sound to an H4N
, it will sound the same. And now you'll have to sync the sound with your video. It can be done, but for me, it's too much of a hassle and I choose not to do it.
I recommend a better mic and to get it to within 18-24 inches of your mouth. Yes, a lav would work, but then you have the potential for introducing clothing noise - especially with all the moving around you do.
I recommend a good pro shotgun mic like the $216 Audio Technica AT897
(I bought a used Audio Technica AT835b on eBay
to save money), a windscreen
and mic muff
, a shock mount
, a boom (and a stand, if you don't have a sound person), some XLR cable
, plus an inexpensive impedance matching cable
to plug the pro mic into your HF G20
If your budget supports it, you can improve your audio even more with an external low noise preamp like the $249 RiggyMicro from JuicedLink
- instead of the impedance matching cable. This video from JuicedLink shows the advantages of this approach over buying an external recorder (please watch at 720p):
If you want to go all out, you can get a professional preamplifier like the $899 Mix-Pre D
, but that's probably overkill
Here is a test I did comparing a consumer mic (an Azden SMX10
, similar to your DM-100
) to an Audio Technica AT835b
pro mic with a line matching transformer plugged into my Panasonic GH3
The echoing "room noise" heard from the consumer SMX10
is similar to what I hear in your video. In my view, the best, and least expensive way to overcome this challenge is with a high quality pro mic like the Audio Technica 897
Hope this is helpful,
BillHybrid Camera Revolution