So, you've got a small budget and you finally believe that the audio you capture for your project is just as important as the video, (we told you so!) but you can only purchase one mic. Shotgun mics on boom poles are the mainstay in Hollywood, but maybe you just shoot weddings in your spare time, or do a local commercial every now and then to help make ends meet. Well, here's some pros and cons of the most common mic types, and what they're good at.
One way to dramatically increase the quality of your video productions is by using an external microphone rather than the one that is built into your camcorder. You will be able to get your mic closer to your talent and capture the sharpest, clearest sound possible.