Webinar: Getting Better Audio

Our sponsored Webinar series is ramping up for its 4th installment now and for this session we’re doing something a little different. While the previous installments dealt with camera, composition and movement, the upcoming webinar deals with picking the right tools to get better audio. For photographers transitioning into video, audio might be one of the more intimidating aspects to learn so this is a must see. Before you start, you need to get one this audio visual equipment.

The viewer is more likely to forgive poor picture quality rather than poor sound. In this next chapter, join Victor as he teaches you how to record sound properly with your HDSLR camera. You will hear the difference between your built-in mic, on camera shotgun mics and double system sound with a separate recorder. By understanding the techniques required to capture audio for your films, you will be closer to discovering your inner filmmaker.

Check out the recorded Webinar, now available for your viewing pleasure;

Stay tuned for information on how you can take part in the Free Webinar series, including hang out in the chat room during the presentation, or check out the Webinar Archive for episodes you might have missed.

Getting Better Audio Webinar – Register Now! Originally Posted May 15th, 2012

The webinar will cover a variety of audio equipment including; Zoom H4n, Shotgun microphones (Rode NTG-3, Rode Videomic Pro and Sennheiser), Sennheiser Wireless Lavaliers, Boom+boom poles, shockmounts, and more.

On May 23rd, 2012 at 1PM Eastern Time, this FREE webinar will run with a live chatroom and several Cinevate folk on hand to answer your questions. Register now for the Getting Better Audio Webinar or check out our previous Webinars in the Archive.

Cinevate Webinar: Getting Better Audio

The live, online webinar series is dedicated to teaching photographers the skills they need to turn their existing photographic knowledge into filmmaking prowess with their HDSLRs.

Cinevate Webinar: Getting Better Audio

Sponsored by Fotocare, TripleScoopMusic and, of course, Cinevate.

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23 Responses to Webinar: Getting Better Audio

  1. craig says:

    looking forward to it

  2. Lisa Smith says:

    I need to learn this stuff!

  3. Tim O'Brien says:

    I’m in.

  4. Nik says:

    Looks good, good timing for myself as well. Looking forward to it!

  5. Todd says:

    When will the replay be live?

    • Luke says:

      Hey Todd,

      We should have the video online Tuesday, May 29th. It’ll be posted on the main page (and posted on Facebook and Twitter as well).

  6. jeff says:

    thank you for posting the archived version of this webinar. Just to let you know I tried, and tried and tried to log on during the live event, filled out the three line form multiple times, clear caches, etc.. and it would never let me beyond the form page. I was using Safari 5.1.7

    • Luke says:

      Hey Jeff,
      Sorry about that! I’ve been chatting with the techy guys on our side and hopefully figure out and fix any of these issues.

    • Victor Ha says:

      Hey Jeff,

      Sorry to hear about your troubles with the webinar recently. With live broadcasts, there can often be a number of things that can affect how you see or experience the broadcast. The first thing to remember is that it’s streaming video…. so a lot of the time there can be a problem with bandwidth even if you have a broadband connection. A lot of viewers tend to have background downloads happening as they watch the stream which can really affect what you’re seeing. I have also heard of some issues with Safari for some odd reasons… you may want to try Firefox if the issues continue.

      In the end, if you’re simply not able to get it to work, we always post the archives, so in the very least you’ll have to wait a few days for it to pop up on the blog. Hope that helps. 🙂


  7. HD Cam Team says:

    Thanks for this Webinar. Great tips and information.

    What “affordable” wireless lavalier solutions would you recommend to get best possible audio quality for low-budget filmmaking?


    • Brian Hynes says:

      Azden & Audio Technica make some lower budget units, but I don’t have any experience using them. I would check some sound recording forums for advice on those units or try to rent them first and see how well they perform.

  8. Todd says:

    Could you tell use the model of the boom pole, Blimp, dead cat, and shotgun you use and/or recommend for a lower budget?

    • Brian Hynes says:

      We use a K-Tek KE-110CC Aluminum Avalon Boompole which extends over 9′. Aluminum is always going to be lower budget than carbon fiber, but the weight does take a toll if you’re holding it for long periods of time.

      For a blimp & dead cat/windscreen we use a Rycote S-Series 330 kit which is lightweight and a reasonable price. The shotgun mic we use is the Rode NTG-3. If you’re looking to do any interior dialog/interviews you will want to use a hyper cardiod mic instead. There is a good article by Sam Mallery about interior mics http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/audio/hands-reviews/interior-dialog-boompole-microphone-roundup

      All these pieces of gear are pretty budget friendly. Its hard to go too cheap with sound gear and still achieve optimal results.

  9. Don Beaulieu says:

    An instructional video with out-of-sync sound on the close-ups? Unmatched cameras? That’s just pathetic. Lavalier microphones inherently put the speaker off-mic, with the exception of when they look toward the mic, as the mic is usually attached behind the person’s mouth, not in front. They should be recommended as a last resort, if not banned from all professional productions. Lavaliers are not necessarily wireless, as suggested in the webinar.

    • Raymond says:

      I think the out of sync sound is more due to the video streaming than anything else. I bet the original video is fine.
      Lavalier microphones, although low on the hierarchy of miking techniques have their place in film and video production especially with wide shots and multiple camera placements. As the distance of the microphone to a person speaking increases and as the ambient noises increase, the sound from of an omni lavalier could, in some cases be better than a boomed microphone. The ME-2 lav that comes with the Sennheiser G3 wireless sets which they use in the video isn’t such a good lav. A better choice would have been either a Tram TR-50, a Sanken COS11-D, a Countryman B6 or a Sennheiser MKE-2. Of course, booming a mic would be the first choice. I usually use either a Schoeps CMIT-5u, Sennheiser MKH-60 or Sanken CS-3e for exteriors and a Schoeps CMC641 (CMC6 premamp with MK41 capsule) or Sennheiser MKH-50 or sometimes the CS-3e for interiors.
      That said, the title of the webinar is “Getting Better Audio” and is really geared towards the DSLR shooter. The above microphones I mentioned may be cost prohibitive for most low budget productions and considering the quality of the sound coming from very cheap microphones on most DSLRs, most any microphone placed close to the speaker would yield better audio.
      I think they did a pretty good job with the free webinar.

  10. Florencio says:

    What brand and model is the Zoom H4n pouch you showed on the webinar? Where can I get one?

    Enjoying the series, thanks!

  11. Ann B says:

    I’ve enjoyed every one of these webinars. You explain everything so clearly and give excellent examples. I can’t yet afford half this stuff, but every time I get paid for making a video, I’m going to acquire the next piece of equipment. I have a Zoom H2N, which you don’t mention. I find it very good for recording different types of audio, though I do have to sync it in post with the in-camera audio (not a big deal, actually, even though I only clap my hands and don’t use a clapper board!) What do you think of the H2N, as an alternative to the H4N?

    • Raymond says:

      I personally like some Tascam products over the Zoom( although I own products from both brands) and would recommend the Tascam DR-40 or the DR-100 MKII if you can afford it. You can also read a review here. http://nofilmschool.com/2012/04/audio-recorder-roundup-h4n-zoom-vs-tascam/
      Like I mentioned in that page, any recorder under around $500 will have noisy preamps and would benefit from a mixer in front of it like a Sound Devices MIxPre-D. That can come later down the line though. If you invest in something like the Tascam DR-100 you can eventually get a MixPre-D later on and output digitally through AES3 and receive a S/PDIF signal on the DR-100MKII. I don’t believe any other digital recorder in that price range can do that.

  12. HD Cam Team says:


    Anyone knows the brand and model of the windscreen used on the Zoom H4N in the scene at NYC street?


  13. Nnamdi Ejim says:

    I’m curious as to the brand and model of the video light shown at :20 in the following video?