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Creating Video for Teachers and Trainers: Producing Professional Video with Amateur Equipment by Tim Spannaus

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Chapter 11

Mics and Sound

We've noted in a previous chapter that the built-in microphone or mic (say “mike”) on the camcorder is not of much use and that you will need an external mic to get the best sound. It really makes a noticeable difference to use a proper mic, placed where it does the most good. It's the difference between being able to hear the talent or sounds that give the impression the talent is in a cave, behind a waterfall, or just very far away.

The Importance of Sound

While video is what we spend a lot of time talking about (even in the title of this book!), audio is an important supporting player. Sound can carry much of our content, whether the voice of a subject-matter expert, the music of a violinist, or the pinging of an ...

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