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The Best Handheld Dynamic Interview Microphone? The Audio Technica AT8004L

Did you ever wonder how newscasters get good audio when interviewing a celebrity? Well, they usually use a Dynamic Handheld Interview Microphone. It’s great at cancelling out a lot of the ambient noise around them and focuses on just the interview.

Here’s a great solution that won’t cost too much and will get great sound for your next interview:
The Audio Technica AT8004L Omni-Directional Dynamic Interview Microphone!!

Check out the video and see if this would be a good match for your interviews.


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– Audio Technica AT8004L Dynamic Interview Microphone: http://amzn.to/2ieLEeX

– iRig Pre Portable PreAmplifier: http://amzn.to/2huBEkb

– Adapter Cable to plug iRig Pre into DSLR Camera: http://amzn.to/2kpHHGt

– How To Gain Stage A Shotgun Microphone Into a DSLR Camera: https://youtu.be/RiNpYfRW4uw

– New Professional Comic Dual Lav Wireless Microphone Set: https://youtu.be/gJU3Iw5tasY
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Other Equipment that I either used in this video or that I sometimes use in my videos:

– Comica CVM-WM300 Dual (2) Lavalier Stereo/Mono Microphone Set (includes one year warranty): http://amzn.to/2ArnpSz

– Canon 60D DSLR Camera (Newer Version is the Canon 70D): http://amzn.to/2kT0Iy4
or the New Canon 80D Camera: http://amzn.to/2ArrDcJ

– iPhone 6s: http://amzn.to/2uCGZr4 or iPhone 8 (newer model): http://amzn.to/2Ap3ROt

– Zhiun Smooth II 3 Axis Handheld Gimbal Camera Mount for Smartphones: http://amzn.to/2ApAbAZ

-iStabilizer Smartphone Mount (To mount a smartphone to a Tripod): http://amzn.to/2uiRn7X

-Sennheiser ME67 Shotgun Microphone (fantastic Audio): http://amzn.to/2zpCgwr

-Sennheiser K6 Power Module to power the ME67: http://amzn.to/2zqrd6k

-iK Multimedia iRig Pre PreAmp (into a DSLR): http://amzn.to/2huBEkb

-Manfrotto 190x Tripod with Fluid Head: http://amzn.to/2kSWLJr

– Microphone Stand: http://amzn.to/2kOUrUB

– Dual Softbox Video Lights with Stands and Bulbs: http://amzn.to/2kpDzGn

– Philips Daylight Balanced LED Flood Bulbs: http://amzn.to/2tIKv74

-Camtasia Studio 8 Video Editing Software (recently updated to Camtasia 9): http://amzn.to/2kpKgIj

– 20 Foot XLR Cable (for Audio Technica AT8004L Into DSLR): http://amzn.to/2kpQN5T

-TRRS Female to Dual TRS Adapter Cable (adapts iRig Pre to DSLR Audio port): http://amzn.to/2kpHHGt

DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and purchase something, I’ll receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support!

Learn How To Get Fantastic Audio From a Shotgun Microphone Into a Digital SLR Using a Cheap PreAmp

It’s sometimes a problem getting good clean audio into your videos for YouTube. It’s also frustrating to spend a lot of time on your video just to end up with lousy audio. It makes your video look and sound unprofessional.

But, this video will give you hope!

With the secret techniques shown in this video, you should be able to get GREAT AUDIO into your Digital SLR Camera with a Shotgun Microphone using a cheap Preamplifier.

Equipment used in this video:

-Saramonic SmartRig PreAmp: http://amzn.to/2kpyo9p

-Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Microphone with K6 Power Module:
http://amzn.to/2kPuVC6

-Neewer 14.37 Shotgun Microphone: http://amzn.to/2jTb80y

-HTDZ HT-81 Shotgun Microphone: http://amzn.to/2kOSKa2

-Microphone Stand: http://amzn.to/2kOUrUB

-TRRS Female to Dual TRS Adapter Cable:
http://amzn.to/2kpHHGt

-Dual Softbox Video Lights with Stands and Bulbs: http://amzn.to/2kpDzGn

-Camtasia Studio 8 (recently updated to Camtasia 9):
http://amzn.to/2kpKgIj

-20 Foot XLR Cable: http://amzn.to/2kpQN5T

-Canon 60D DSLR Camera (Updated to Canon 70D: http://amzn.to/2kT0Iy4

-Canon 7D DSLR Camera (Updated to Canon 7D Mark II):
http://amzn.to/2jU1xZL

-Apple iPhone 6:
http://amzn.to/2kSIlJo

-Manfrotto 190x Tripod with Fluid Head: http://amzn.to/2kSWLJr

A Wireless Rode VideoMic Pro Shotgun Microphone? Look!

Is there such a thing as a Wireless Rode VideoMic Pro? If there isn’t, there should be. This Video show a Secret Item to make the Fantastic Rode VideoMic a Wireless Microphone!!

Rode makes some the the finest microphones is the business. The Rode VidoMic Pro is a Very Light and Portable Shotgun Microphone that is attached to a Digital SLR for Run and Gun videography.

Some of the items used in the video:

-Rode VideoMic Pro: http://amzn.to/2g8RVH3

-Sony ECM-AW4 Bluetooth Wireless Microphone:
http://amzn.to/2fc8a46

-Canon 60D Digital SLR Camera: (updated to the Canon 70D Camera: http://amzn.to/2ffxs4l
or the Canon 80D Camera: http://amzn.to/2fQ8G9f)

-Joby GorrilaPod Focus Flexible Tripod: http://amzn.to/2g615CJ

-Joby BallHead X Mount: http://amzn.to/2ffBKch

-Shure MVL Lavalier Microphone: http://amzn.to/2ffw9Tg

-TRRS Female to Dual TRS Adapter Cable: http://amzn.to/2g8Tgxu

-Cold Shoe to Light Stand Adapter: http://amzn.to/2g64pOw

-Camtasia 8 Studio, Video Editing Software: (updated Camtasia Studio 9) http://amzn.to/2ffulJU

Sony ECM-AW4 Range Test for Wireless Bluetooth Lavalier Microphone Distance

If you’d like to get an idea of how far this Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Microphone can transmit, take a look at this video. I think it will surprise you. Also, by using a distinct Add-On, you’ll be able to get a clearer sound with this Wireless Microphone.

The Sony ECM-AW4 is a Wireless Bluetooth Microphone used for Video Making. Do you want to know if Sony’s specifications for distance or range are correct?

Come along with me as I test this microphone walking from inside a house and then step outside with this microphone attached to my shirt.

See if this Wireless Bluetooth Microphone gets the job done or not.

Items used in this Test are:

-Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone:
https://www.amazon.com/Sony-ECMAW4-Wireless-Microphone-Black/dp/B00JWU6WWO/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=8f12fe66a12f6c29b49bc72e0624a2ec&creativeASIN=B00JWU6WWO

-TRRS Female to Dual TRS Adapter Cable:
https://www.amazon.com/CablesOnline-4-Position-3-Position-Splitter-IP-AY12C/dp/B00N03ZYUU/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=fff318fef8ea50d8712a390f3d7abe25&creativeASIN=B00N03ZYUU

-Shure MVL Lavalier Lav Microphone:
https://www.amazon.com/Shure-MVL-Omnidirectional-Microphone-Windscreen/dp/B010W6WESM/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=f2980b50677dda07b01f46881a88f1b7&creativeASIN=B010W6WESM

-Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod:
https://www.amazon.com/Gorillapod-Focus-Camera-Tripod-Black/dp/B001GCU0MY/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=a669050999506ee6edca967558c086b0&creativeASIN=B001GCU0MY

-Joby BallHead X for GorillaPod Focus:
https://www.amazon.com/JOBY-BallHead-GorillaPod-Focus-GorillaPods/dp/B0038YWLCU/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=d2241cb2a08ab3c00c6190931f791b12&creativeASIN=B0038YWLCU

-Camtasia Studio 8 (recently updated to Camtasia 9):
https://www.amazon.com/TechSmith-Camtasia-9-Online-Code/dp/B01MCRWGKQ/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=a4b5ce11f4a65b9d7d7a71ba559134fe&creativeASIN=B01MCRWGKQ

-Canon 60D DSLR Camera (Updated to Canon 70D:
https://www.amazon.com/Canon-Digital-Camera-18-135mm-Lens/dp/B00DMS0LCO/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=b260440721da4b3bc5d623dbba0d30df&creativeASIN=B00DMS0LCO

-Canon 7D DSLR Camera (Updated to Canon 7D Mark II):
https://www.amazon.com/Canon-Mark-Digital-Camera-18-135mm/dp/B00NEWZGCS/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=9b96fccfb205cf625fe35609ddeab867&creativeASIN=B00NEWZGCS

-Apple iPhone 6:
https://www.amazon.com/Apple-iPhone-Factory-Unlocked-Phone/dp/B00NQGP42Y/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=b931cb0412f6a8c9c07c3dd8d2be6e6e&creativeASIN=B00NQGP42Y

-Apple iPhone 4s: No longer available

Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone Secret Addition for Good Audio

The Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone has had the label as a toy, not to be used for serious work. NOT SO!!! It is a GREAT TOOL for any Videographer. Especially YouTube, etc.

With a couple of tweeks and a secret Add-On, You’ll be able to make Good Audio for your next YouTube Video!

This video will show you how to get Good Audio from your Sony ECW-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone by adding this little SECRET Add-on.

Some Items used in this video:

-Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone:
https://www.amazon.com/Sony-ECMAW4-Wireless-Microphone-Black/dp/B00JWU6WWO/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=8f12fe66a12f6c29b49bc72e0624a2ec&creativeASIN=B00JWU6WWO

-Shure MVL Lavalier Microphone:
https://www.amazon.com/Shure-MVL-Omnidirectional-Microphone-Windscreen/dp/B010W6WESM/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=f2980b50677dda07b01f46881a88f1b7&creativeASIN=B010W6WESM

-Adapter Cable (to connect the Shure MVL to your Sony ECM-AW3)
This is similar to the Radio Shack Cable, only not color coded:
https://www.amazon.com/CablesOnline-4-Position-3-Position-Splitter-IP-AY12C/dp/B00N03ZYUU/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=fff318fef8ea50d8712a390f3d7abe25&creativeASIN=B00N03ZYUU

-Camtasia 9 Studio, Video Editing Software:
https://www.amazon.com/TechSmith-Camtasia-9-Online-Code/dp/B01MCRWGKQ/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=statovidedi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=a4b5ce11f4a65b9d7d7a71ba559134fe&creativeASIN=B01MCRWGKQ

3 Point Video Lighting System for Less Than $60 For The Sony A6000??

I wanted to see if I could find lights that would work for shooting Video on my Sony A6000 for under $60. So, I made it a quest to see if that was possible. What I found out was very interesting.

Can it be done for under $60?
Even if it can be done, what will the light look like?

Check out this video and see my results:

Items used for the Lighting:
3 – Clamp-on Shop Lights from Home Depot
3 – Cree 60 Watt equivalent Soft White LED Light Bulbs
3 – Small Sheets of Waxed Paper
3 – Small Pieces of Electrical Tape

Sony A6000 Camera Settings:
-Mode Dial (Top of Camera) Set to=Manual (M)
-1080p High Definition, AVCHD
-60 Frames Per Second
-1/125 Per Second Shutter Speed
-Aperture F5.0
-Sony 18-55mm Lens Zoomed to 30mm
-ISO 2000
-Tungsten White Balanced to 2700 Degrees Kelvin
-Continuous Focus
-Focus Area=Center
-Creative Style=Standard Setting, Contrast Set To +1
-Metering Mode=Center
-Steady Shot (Image Stabilization)=Off

The cost of this lighting did NOT include stands to hold the lights. Because Clip-On Lights were used, I figured they could be clipped to stationary items in the home like: Bookshelves, Ceiling Joists (basement) or Roof Rafters, etc.

7 Tips For Great iPhone Video and Audio For YouTube and More!

Want to record Great Video and Audio to Upload to YouTube?? Do you have an iPhone?

Well, you’re in luck!

This New Video, “7 Tips For Great iPhone Video and Audio For YouTube and More” will help you record Great Video for YouTube.

These 7 Simple but effective Tips will help you understand the Process of recording Great Video on your iPhone.

This Video Tutorial will give an iPhone user a better understanding on how to get GREAT VIDEO and AUDIO on their iPhone.

7 GREAT TIPS to unlock the Awesome Potential of the iPhone for making Great Video!

Hardware used:
– iPhone 6
– iPhone 4s
– Shotgun Mic
– iRig Pre
– XLR Cable
– MiniSuit Cell Phone Holder
– Tripod
– Lighting, 3 Light Set-Up
– 18 % Grey Card

Software used:
– Camtasia Studio 8.0 by Techsmith

Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Microphone for GREAT Audio With iPhone 6, DSLR or Camcorder

YouTube Videos are a lot better when the Audio is Good. It makes you want to actually watch them.

When audio is terrible, it’s sometimes not even worth watching a video.

With this Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Microphone coupled to a Sennheiser K6 Power Module and a couple of extras, your videos will sound Great!!

This Sennheiser set-up is a medium to high end Shotgun Microphone. So, the audio should be good.

Take a look and see what you think.

This Video should help to take the mystery out of coupling this Sennheiser set-up with your iPhone and guide you on your way to Great Audio for your Videos!!

What this video shows:

-Parts and controls of the Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Mic and the K6 Power Module.
-Using the iRig Pre (Which is an inexpensive Pre-Amp, around $40 at this writing)
-Connecting the Sennheiser ME66 to the iRig Pre and then to your iPhone 6 (or iPhone 5s, 5c or 4s)
-A few samples of Audio and Video shot using the Sennheiser ME66 and the iPhone 6

Good Value Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Lavalier Microphone, Great Range, for iPhone, Canon EOS M Camera, Video Camera or DSLR

Audio is the thing that can Make or Break a video. There are times when a Wireless Microphone is needed. Maybe a Speech needs to be filmed. Or, a video where the talent or actor moves around on camera and can’t be tied to a Wired microphone.

Well, a great option is the Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Lavalier (Lapel) Microphone!

It’s a Great Value for what it does. It is a Transmitter/Receiver pair, much like higher priced wireless option, only it uses Bluetooth Technology instead of Radio Frequency. The Transmitter and Receiver each use a single AAA battery for power. The receiver gets plugged into either a Smartphone or a camera. The Microphone (transmitter) gets clipped to your shirt/lapel.

Pricing for this Sony ECM-AW4 Bluetooth Microphone is from $150 to around $200 (sometimes higher) as of this writing. It is available from multiple sellers on the internet or some Big Box stores.

In the video below, I shot good sound at approximately 125 feet away, through a closed window!! I had the transmitter clipped to the front of my shirt and the receiver was plugged into an iPhone 4s back in my house as I shot the video through a window!! The iPhone 4s captured the Audio ( and some of the video) from the whole video shoot.

Items used in this Video:

-Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone
-iPhone 6
-iPhone 4s
-MiniSuit Selfie Stick
-Cable to plug Receiver into iPhone 4s for audio
-Radio Shack Adapter Plug (1/8 inch 4 segment Stereo plug to twin Female 1/8 inch) To adapt the cable into the iPhone 4s
-Tripod

Awesome Audio With An Inexpensive Shotgun Microphone For Your iPhone, Android or DSLR. The HTDZ HT-81 or Neewer 14.37″ Inch Mic

OK. You Bought an iPhone or an Android Cell Phone, or a nice Digital SLR to be able to shoot video for YouTube. You practice shooting video and get pretty good at it.

After you import it into your favorite Video Editing Software, you realize that the AUDIO portion STINKS!!! It sounds “tinny” or distant or non-professional. What do you do? You can’t afford an expensive microphone, so do you resort to mediocre audio by relying on the iPhone’s or Android’s “on board” mic?

HECK NO!!

You get yourself a Cheap Shotgun Microphone that has GREAT Audio capabilities!!

I’m talking about the HTDZ HT-81 or Neewer 14.37″ Inch Shotgun Condenser Microphone!

The following video will show how to get GREAT Audio for not much money. (I know that “not much money” is a relative term, so please take a look at my newest video and I’ll explain it in detail.)

This microphone was the answer for me when it comes to being on a budget. It has Great Sound, is relatively inexpensive, and is easy to use.

This video will show how to setup This Shotgun Microphone for your Smartphone, Digital SLR and also for the Canon Mirrorless EOS M Camera.

Some of the Items Used in This Video:

-HTDZ HT-81 Shotgun Microphone
-iRig Pre Preamp, by IK Multimedia
– XLR Cable
-TRRS 1/8 Inch Female to Twin 1/8″ Male Cable
-iPhone 6 and 4S Cell Phones
-Canon EOS M Camera
-Tripod