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Separate mic as opposed to the built-in mic

Posted On: Jun 19, 2020

Seen by: 1158

Categories: Info

Author: Ton

Built-in mic


  • Always at hand
  • No separate equipment needed
  • No extra person needed.


  • Picks up all sounds of camera (focusing)
  • Picks up all sounds from the cameraman
  • Sound quality
    • poor stereo separation
    • noise
    • poor intelligibility


separate mic

One or more separate mics can cancel all cons mentioned above.

Professionals use separate mics with a separate mixer and recorder. Only during editing the sound is added to the footage.

With this method however, the advantages of the built-in mic are lost.

Best of both worlds

Use a separate shotgun mic mounted on the camera.

  • Less unwanted sounds of the camera and cameraman
  • Better sound quality than the built-in mic.


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