Three of the Best Shotgun Microphones for DSLR Video

Jeez, I hate wasting people’s time. I’m not a shopper I’m not one to get hooked on the latest gadget or “must have” equipment. You’re not going to find me on social media flaunting my latest piece of gear….I find a quality piece of equipment, if it does what it’s supposed to do I stick with it and don’t look back. IT IS A HUGE time saver to NOT BE all caught up in EQUIPMENT. I can care less about unboxing videos, reviews are skewed and almost never from real people. I take recommendations from my network and go with it.

After listening to the podcast or watching the live recording, You will NEVER, EVER need to shop for another microphone EVER again. Three of the best shotgun microphones for video are right here on this edition of The DV Show.

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  1. The standard mono Videomic Pro is quite a good microphone in my opinion. I’ve certainly been satisfied with its performance. it is not going to record camera sounds, like the Stereo version does. That is a well known and documented shortcoming of the Stereo version, and there are quite a few YouTube videos online illustrating its shortcoming in recording camera sounds, sounds from the operator, and sounds well behind the camera. It behaves very significantly worse than the mono shotgun.

  2. I have the VideoMic Pro. Had the AT8024 been around earlier I would have considered that.

    My use of the VideoMic Pro has been mainly for recording individual musicians playing acoustic instruments rehearsing in a quiet environment – so they can review their sound, posture, technique,…

    This has been mostly from a distance of about 2m /6′.

    The best solution would be to have everyone mic’ed up, and record multi-track, with a dedicated sound engineer. But that isn’t always practical.

  3. You really don’t have many quality choices in the $300-$400 range. It’s pretty much the Rode or Sennheiser. The next step up would be the entry Sanken or something like the Audio Technica 4073. Those are both decent mics. That said, I do feel you get what you pay for and if you’re serious about this save up and get one good mic. I made the mistake of buying cheaper mics when I was starting out wished I hadn’t. Save your coins and get something you’ll want to hold on to for a while.

  4. I record with a Zoom H4n recorder stuck as close to the players as they’ll let me. (As a backup, I have a Rode Stereo Videomic on my camera, saved my bacon a couple of times.) This cuts down on ambient noise and room echo. It’s not ideal, but gives a pretty good sound sometimes. Even so, I do have to do some judicious low frequency filtering to get rid of traffic noise and air conditioning (turn it off if you can).

  5. Not all shotguns pickup sound the same. The pickup pattern of a mic can seriously effect how good it will sound in certain situations. Any important factor for me is noise floor. Not such a big deal for outdoor stuff, but when you get inside sound becomes a major factor. More things to think about.

  6. I have several mics because I think of it as investing like lenses. I also hate bad sound. I have 3 zoom h1 and both of the rode mics you want. I use everything for diffent uses but you have to practice a lot before the event. I also have lots of extra wiring to plug into other people’s system like the dj or soundboard. I had some cheaper mics but I can hear the difference and just swallowed my pride and invested in more expensive equipment. I love seinheiser too but that is my future i hope. good luck in your decision. I am sure you will not be disappointed whatever you choose.

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