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Street comedian camera purchasing questions!

by nicklochet / November 5, 2013 1:39 AM PST

Hello! I am looking to do some candid camera comedy with a few of my friends on the streets. We are trying to find the best way to record audio externally. A bunch of the jokes require the camera to be a great distances making them inable to pick up audio.We were thinking about syncing up the audio using one of these external audio recorder. Just wondering if anybody had knowledge or experiance in the matter and help with this purchase me and my friends are about to make! I also was wondering if there was a way to record audio at great distances and have it sync up with the camera automatically (sounds more expensive we only have 3-400 dollars to spend) Thanks so much!

These were the audio recorders we were looking at...

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And have it as good as what you see on TV?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2013 1:44 AM PST

No. Even with assistance with a parabolic mic you can hear the degradation. Such is fine for surveillance work but content for others to watch? You would not consider that.

The old system of a wireless lapel mic is best with some audio recorder at the receiver. Only the very new would attempt dueling microphones are over 20 feet.

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Thanks for the timely reply!
by nicklochet / November 5, 2013 1:56 AM PST

So it sounds like i need a lapel mic. Does it still make sense to use a digital camcorder if im doing that?

here is a video showing an example of how i want to do this...

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Yes it does.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2013 2:14 AM PST

Something has to hold the video portion. And it's a safe bet they didn't use a mic far away.

My son has the usual Tascam, I have a DR-40 and for really simple work a Sanyo ICR-XPS01M which I can hit record and leave in my shirt pocket.

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Just to clarify...
by nicklochet / November 5, 2013 2:52 AM PST
In reply to: Yes it does.

So it sounds like i need 3 things: (i provided what i think im gonna get on amazon for each one)
I do not mind spending 2-300 on a camera and 20-40 on a microphone but the audio recorder is expensive! If it is something that i need to spend good money on I will but i was wondering if there were cheaper alternatives.

Heres my top choices so far:

-An HD digital video camcorder (i do not think i want to use DV's not really sure what they are)
Sony HDR-CX380/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

-A digital recorder
TASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder

-A lapel microphone
Pro Lavalier Lapel Microphone JK MIC-J 044 for Sennheiser Wireless Transmitter - Omnidirectional Condenser Mi

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The DR-40 is pretty high end.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2013 3:03 AM PST
In reply to: Just to clarify...

There's a reason I have the Sanyo. It wasn't that much and does a great job without the need for wireless and such. My son just edits it all in post production.

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