Gear: Improving video narration with the Audio Technica ATR3500 Lavalier Microphone

One of the frequent problems with narrating a video where the camcorder is more than a few feet away is that the microphone is either not picking up enough narrator or picking up too much ambient sound. That makes it very hard for the viewer to understand what you’re trying to say, as seen in the first part of the video below.

The answer to the problem lies in getting a microphone closer to the speaker. There are many ways to do this. You could get a boom microphone, just like in the movies. You could also get a microphone and hold it, like the newscasters do. In fact I own an excellent Zoom H-2 that works in that way very well. One solution, and the method I’m dealing with today is using a lavalier microphone, similar to one used by public speakers at conferences and presentations.

The reason this solution may appeal to the travel videographer is that it’s quite compact to carry, it’s quite inexpensive, and it doesn’t require an extra helper to hold a boom or other piece of equipment. It’s also quite inexpensive, currently only $24 at Amazon.

If I need more ambient audio recording, such as at a music concert, or at a parade, then I’ll either use the Zoom H2 Microphone as a background audio recorder or use the camcorder to record it myself.

Try one and see what a difference it will make in your travel videos!

You can get one here: Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone

If you’re curious, here’s the Zoom H2 as well. (link is to the updated H2N)

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

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