With Singular Software finally announcing the Mac version of Dual Eyes (a stand alone program that makes it easy to sync video with separately recorded audio), the last barrier for getting great audio to complement your DSLR video is gone.
(Of course, if you use any of the professional NLE’s like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, you’ve had the company’s Plural Eyes plug-in for ages. But it was not available for us beginners in iMovie and Premiere Elements and so we had to wait for the stand alone version).
I’ve also more or less finalized my own audio kit, one that I take with me whenever I need to gather audio, either for an audio slide show, or for a video gig. This kit does not represent the be-all and end-all of audio equipment….I’m not using any XLR based gear and serious audio guys will tell you that you need XLR gear to get the best quality.
I have no doubt that they are right. But here’s my deal: I have to work alone, and my stuff needs to be small, portable, and still do the job well enough. I need professional sounding audio, but the difference in what this gear can get and what the “pro” stuff will get is all but undetectable to my ear. So let’s call this a kit for guerilla soundgathering, something for the one-man band types.
So here’s the latest gear in my audio bag (which is tiny).
Olympus LS 10 recorder If it were available when I was buying, I’d have gotten the LS-11, which has a bigger memory and some nice software features, but the LS 10 is fine.
Sennheiser MKE 400 mini shotgun–I’ve got the deadcat windmuff for it too. It’s still the smallest shotgun for DSLR and does a great job.
Koss PortaPro Stereo Headphones–They’re not closed cell, but they’re packable and do a good job.
Cool-Lux MD 300 Light and Sound Bracket–A Y-bracket that provides two cold shoe mounts, one for your mic, one for the recorder, or you can skip one of those an add a small Litepanel.
Hot shoe to 1/4″ 20 adapter–This allows you to mount the Olympus onto the the Cool-Lux.
Audio Technica MT 830-SP subminiature High-Gain Lav Mic (with 20 foot extension cord)–If my interview subject is stationary, I prefer to hardwire this mic to the Olympus. It’s no hardship to hide the wire, and the sound is rich and impervious to radio interference.
Sony UWP-V1 Wireless Lav Mic Package A great wireless package, and half the price of a similar Sennheiser setup. I worked with two pro documentary videographers on two continents who swore by the Sony and that was good enough for me.
Dead Cat Windmuff for Olympus
Gorilla Pod tripod used as mic stand
That rounds it out. The audio kit fits nicely in my camera bag and allows me to cover just about any audio situation.