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Microphones

Remember earlier how I said you could spend years mastering the art of capturing audio? As with any specialized field, you could also spend a fortune on microphones and audio equipment. The good news is that you can also spend around $20 at Radio Shack and get what you need. Since it’s unlikely that you’d spend tens of thousands of dollars on microphones to use with an $800 camcorder, I’m going to stick with a few realistic options.

Lavalier

A simple and portable solution is to purchase a lavalier microphone (Figure 5.3). It clips to your subject’s shirt or tie, and often has a small battery-powered amplifier, making it a condenser mic, which is how your camcorder’s documentation refers to it. (See www.necoffee.com/imovievqs for examples of audio captured with and without a lavalier microphone.)


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