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How good is digital video sound?

By Jakob Jelling
Snapjunky.com

Digital video sound can be of an amazing quality, but it should ideally be properly recorded in order for it to be as good as possible. While shooting an image with a digital camcorder, the audio quality highly depends on how you record it and the environment in which you are. This way, the way in which you allow sound to be received by the camcorder and the microphone you use will have a great impact on the video sound of the images you record.

If you wish to have a high quality product after recording images with your camcorder, it is important to remember that its audio will be as important and have as much influence on the final product as its images will. This way, if you wish to shoot images in the best way, it is very important that you take care of the video sound.

In order to achieve as good video sound as possible, you should use an external microphone. An external microphone allows its users to focus on what they want to record much more specifically than while using the built-in camcorder microphone, and therefore the quality would be much higher due to the lack of extra audio which otherwise would appear.

Besides the fact that a built-in camcorder microphone doesn't focus on the specific sound source you wish to record, it would also often record some of the noise which the camcorder's mechanism produce. This way, by using an external microphone you would be avoiding this type of extra noise as well as recording sounds you don't need.

Sometimes, using a handheld external microphone might be impractical for different reasons. In these situations in which you can not use a handheld or a wireless external microphone, you should use the accessory shoe of the camera for placing the microphone in it. Although it would not be as good as when using the handheld external one, by using the microphone this way you would still be recording better quality video sound than the one you would be recording by using the built-in camcorder microphone.

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