Dear people who are smarter than me in this subject,
I know this is super long.
Maybe my main question is this—it seems that a camcorder with no mic input is much cheaper than one with a mic input. I’m gonna use an external mic (Zoom H1). Am I ok without the mic input then syncing audio and video later? I have more questions below if you’d like to advise a little more.
I finally did it—took a loan from the bank in order to invest in equipment for one aspect of my business! So what I buy has to be durable and reliable for at least a few years (because I won’t have this kind of money again for years), AND cost as little as possible (obviously).
So here I am asking for your advice on what to buy and one aspect of the set up.
One of the purchases, which I have not yet made, is a laptop and started a thread about that a few days (link is below).
Here’s what I’m talking about today: recording videos with an external mic.
!!! I’ve already bought the mic (Zoom H1) IT’S ON ITS WAY AND PAID FOR. So no fights about Rode vs. Zoom please.
I am going to be making several DIFFERENT types of videos, so hope you keep reading this post to see why the matter is a bit complicated.
What I will be recording:
Vlogs for YouTube.
Audio tracks for my songs (me singing, on guitar and other instruments).
High quality videos BOTH inside and outside of me/others doing things and talking, etc.
Hopefully fiv gigs - video testimonials and voiceovers or something else.
However, I’m not filming a film for Hollywood . . .
My idea was this—Panasonic HC-V180K camcorder + ZOOM H1 + Audio Technica ATR3350 lapel mic. [Lapel to plug in Zoom for certain recording situations.]
I myself don’t know what specs a video camera should have, and this Panasonic was recommended to me by someone who apparently understands all this stuff (he’s away now so can’t ask him).
I ordered those already, and the confusion began now when the store called to say that the Pana doesn’t have a mic input.
Then I started thinking - wait, do I even need a mic input if I’m using the ZOOM H1??
I know that if I record audio and video separately, I need to sync in editing. This I know takes a lot of time.
But what if I don’t need to edit the audio? I mean—what if the situation is that the audio comes out good enough WITH the video, and all I need to do is a little editing to the video . . . then if the ZOOM is plugged into the video camera, am I correct that the video file will include the audio from the ZOOM?
Or is it that using any external mic means you must sync the audio and video files?
I do know that the most important thing is audio quality, so an external mic is a must. It seems that this type of video camera is best because it has the flip screen (need for vlogging) + better quality video than a smartphone.
The camera I mean looks like this:
A smartphone is another option, but I would have to buy it. I don’t like having one, so would need to buy one. I would only use it as a video camera. I know that syncing is super easy and fast using one. If I go this route, I was told that for my budget the best would be a Samsung Galaxy J7 or 5.
But, battery life is very important and isn’t it very short when recording video on a smartphone?
Another reason I chose the Panasonic instead of the Samsung is that I was told the video quality is always better on a real video camera.
In Israel, both the Panasonic I mentioned above and the Samsung are each about the same price: $285.
The ZOOM is $170.
That’s in my budget and can’t really afford more because of all the other stuff I have to buy.
Oh and the Lav mic is $77.
Just a few other issues:
Video camera must have the best image stabilizer because my hand shakes when holding a light camera.
I will get a tripod, but when filming while walking, the tripod won’t help shaky hands.
Think I need a wide-angle lens to attach because on a camcorder the widest angle built in is already very close when recording your own face while holding the camera (I think).
You’ve read until here . . . thank you! I love you!
Oh important note: I ALREADY BOUGHT THE ZOOM. IT’S ON ITS WAY AND PAID FOR. So no fights about Rode vs. Zoom please.
Thanks bunnies and hedgehogs.
Hugs, May (Maytal)
p.s , I miss you.