Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saramonic MixMic Audio Kit Review (Part 2) - Basic Filmmaker Ep 190



     I decided once and for all, I would either get off my high horse about NOT recording audio into a DSLR, or prove myself wrong.

     Well, neither happened really.

     I can see how IF you insisted on recording your audio into your DSLR (which I still don't understand) you would absolutely want something like this audio kit to do it.  It really is the best way to pull it off, IF you also do some post processing on the sound.

     I am also of the opinion that there is no way I would do this, if the audio I was recording was important to me.

     I still think if you are going to spend $500, $1000, $2000 on a DSLR, then you should just pony up the extra cash and get a good mic and a good audio recorder. Syncing these, of which I've made MANY a video on how to do this, is really simple.

     I would usually say, "that's just my opinion" but, I think it's a fact. I have yet seen anyone able to match a good mic into a good audio recorder by recording sound to their DSLR.  I'd be OK with being wrong about this, so send me a video that shows me you can do it.

     IF you care about the audio for the video you're recording, spend the money. If you want to TRY and get decent audio and insist on recording it to your DSLR, then get one of these units.  If you don't care about getting good sound, then you're either not recording sound or I think you'll hit that brick wall of never evolving to that next step as a filmmaker.

     Sound is MORE than 50% of your video. Kind of up to you, but I would suggest if you want to create watchable videos or films, you need to develop your sound skills sooner or later.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Saramonic MixMic Audio Kit Review (Part 1) SR-NV5 vs Rode NTG-3 - Basic Filmmaker Ep 189




     Saramonic sent me this kit, and I must say I was reluctant.

     I think shoving your audio through the notoriously crappy DSLR's audio electronics is like re-sampling your 4k video down to an 8-bit DVD format before posting.  Things just get real ugly.

     As with all these manufacturer's that want to send me gear, I let them know - if it doesn't work or I don't think it will benefit my YouTube channel's subscribers, I won't waste there time and won't post a review.

     They were still game (I'm thinking overconfident) and sent it anyway.

     When I got the unit, I almost missed the fact that this was part of a whole kit, as I was really impressed with the build quality of the included shotgun mic.  So I decided to (unfairly) test how this mic would hold up the my favorite mic of all time, the NTG-3.

     Why is the NTG-3 my favorite? Your opinions may vary, but I found if I tweak the audio recorder just right, I can get the best sound I can get and not have to post process it AT ALL.  I can't say that about any other mic I've used, and I've used a lot.

     Of course, the damn thing is $700 for the mic alone.  But I've also used $2000 mics, and I don't like them as much. Again, that's just my preference and personal opinion.  On a real set, I leave it to the sound pros to do what they do best, and don't really care what they are using.

     So, I figured if the included Saramonic shotgun mic was even a third as good as the NTG-3, these Saramonic folks might have a winner on their hands.

     Check out the video, as I think it did pretty darn good for the price.

     Stay tuned for Part 2 and we'll see if I can pull off recording audio directly to the DSLR using it's crappy audio electronics.  I don't think I'll get anything usable, but who knows - I was pretty surprised at the mic for the price.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Friday, July 1, 2016

How To Make Your Sound Levels Do a Happy Dance - Basic Filmmaker Ep 188



     Since releasing this video, I was accused by a few of making videos that are "too simple" or "too basic" or "everyone already knows this" and so on.

     First off, the is the BASIC FILMMAKER YouTube channel and blog.  It's for new and beginning filmmakers.

     Second off (hehe), these are the exact things that most other channels DON'T cover, because they don't want to look stupid by making videos that are "too simple" or "too basic" or because "everyone already knows this".

     Third off (double hehe), everyone DOES NOT know this. 

     How do I know?  Because I've made it the mission of my YouTube channel to allow people ask the "dumb" (which they are not) questions that they don't feel comfortable asking anywhere else, as they feel they will be ACCUSED of being stupid.

     Great.  So as a new and beginning filmmaker, I SHOULDN'T ask questions?  Good luck.

     EVERY filmmaker starts somewhere.  They pick up a camera, and they don't know how to turn it on.  So they want to ask someone, "How do I turn this bloody thing on???" but are afraid to ask.  That's a real shame, as it shows they already have a fear of the thing, AND a fear of asking questions.

     And THAT is the stupidest thing ever. Asking questions about something you don't know about or how to do is one of the fundamental basics of learning. 

     In my opinion, people who berate others for asking "stupid questions" are just fearful that others might gain knowledge and become better at filmmaking than they are.  Or maybe it's ego (same thing, really).

     When I teach/instruct/apprentice/hire someone, I run the "long game."  What I mean by that is I want them to become BETTER than me at doing what I do.  If that happens, I have someone who does more than take orders.  They take initiative, they contribute to the overall products of what I create, AND, I get to turn that "hat" over to them, knowing it's in good hands.

     That also buys me more time.  Take a moment and think about all the time you don't have because you're too busy doing all the stuff that no one else can do.  I hate to say this, but that shows me you have an inability to teach others how to do the thing you are doing.  

     If that's not it, then why don't you teach others to do it then?

     It takes a LONG TIME to make a filmmaker who you can trust will do the best job possible.

     And it starts by making it SAFE to ask ANY question whenever it arises, and expect an answer.  And the answer should be honest, even if its, "I have no idea. Let's go find out."

     The point is, there will ALWAYS be new and beginning filmmakers.  These will go onto other things, possibly becoming experienced filmmakers.  Then the next generation will appear, and they'll need help.

     So, when you get a rack of people who trust you ask a "stupid" question like "How do I set my sound levels before I record?", then answer the question and show them, knowing you are one of the good  guys, passing knowledge down to the next generation of creators.

     That's my thoughts on the subject, and maybe that helps you in some way too.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

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