Watch: A Few Things to Think About Before Choosing a Mic

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There are so many tools out there that record decent audio, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Audio quality is crazy important, like, more-important-than-the-quality-of-your-video important. You’ve probably heard filmmakers say that the lion’s share of what you have to invest in your film should go to some good sound recording gear, and while they’re absolutely right, many of us are out here trying to make movies with pocket lint. So, what kinds of options do we have as no-budget filmmakers? Well, in this video, Zach Ramelan of PremiumBeat goes over several budget-friendly options that may not be top-shelf equipment, but will still provide you with the best audio that limited money can buy.

Before you go out and choose a mic, it’s important to ask yourself what the needs of your project are. Are you shooting a run-and-gun doc by yourself or a large scale feature with a crew? Will you be recording interviews, narration, or dialogue in wide shots? Once you figure out the unique requirements and challenges of your film, you can then start to narrow your search down.

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