One of my goals for this year is to start working on videos again. A few of the projects I have in mind require a microphone to help capture better audio, since we know the built-in mics are not really that great. Jay P. Morgan's latest video from The Slanted Lens hits the web and couldn’t come at a better time for me.
For those scenarios where you cannot use a lavalier or a boom while recording, your best bet would be to use a good mic that you can mount on the camera. In my case, I do not own either yet so I was beginning my research on what to pick up. In this video, Jay compares the Sound Shark Parabolic Mic with the popular Rode Mic to see how it stacks up for indoor and outdoor situations.
Before the comparison section of the video, Jay mentions the fact that the Sound Shark has two hot shoe mounts on the side to solve the problem of not being able to use a mic and a video light on top of the camera. It is a nice feature to have it built in, but a simple solution for those not using the Sound Shark and still wanting both the video and mic, you can use a dual or triple hot shoe mounting bracket.
The indoor comparisons stacks up the on-camera mic versus the Sound Shark and the Rode Pro Shotgun. There’s a few different recordings held at different distances away from the subject so we can hear for ourselves. Jay is pretty happy with the performance of the Sound Shark and how it compares to the competition. I think the Sound Shark does do a great job, but I do prefer the audio out of the Rode mics. Next up is the outdoor comparisons, this time the Sound Shark is put up against the Rode Pro Shotgun and Rode NTG1 Shotgun to see how they fair with ambient noises. In this comparison, the Sound Shark is the clear winner for me. The Sound Shark seems to be more focused while muffling more of the background noises.
For outdoor interviews where you cannot use a lavalier or a boom, you might want to check out the Sound Shark for those scenarios as it seems to be a great solution. You can read more about it from Jay here. Is there another mic you found that work well? Let us know in the comments below.