February 26, 2015 at 1:47PM


Beginner, sketches, audio, hotshoe

Hello! I'm a 16year old beginner with no education in film what so ever and I have had a big problem for a while now. I've wanted to film a couple of sketches I've written myself. The style I'm heading for is sort of like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSDTmJtE-Bc

My problem is that I don't know how to record the audio. I want to make funny sketches with a lot of dialogue.
I have a Sony alpha a3000 camera and the problem is that I can't get a mic such as the rode videomic pro since my camera does not have a micjack. The Sony alpha a3000 seems to only have a multi interface hot shoe that kind of looks like an electronic version of a regular shoe, google "multi interface hot shoe" and you'll know what I mean. My question is if I have to record sound separately or if there's is an better solution and if there's a mic that connects via the multi interface hot shoe only. Or if you can give me any tips on how you would record these type of sketches. When I goggled how to record audio seperatly it seemed to cost a lot of money, keep in mind I'm young and don't have that big of a budget.


Buy a portable audio recorder and learn to sync your audio with your video image when editing. ( it's pretty easy to do with the right software )

For a recorder, I would buy one of the following models new or used...

- Zoom H1

- Tascam DR-07 Mk2

- Tascam DR-40

...To get better sound you can mount these recorders on boom so that the recorders mics are as close as possible, but still outside your video frame. ( the boom can be as simple as a broom handle that you rig up yourself )

Also learn how to process your audio in post to reduce noise and improve the audio quality of your recording.

Practice makes perfect.

February 26, 2015 at 3:15PM, Edited February 26, 3:15PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

other thinks that you can do is if you have a smart phone, connect there the mic. Will have a good quality and is cheap. :D :P

February 27, 2015 at 4:25AM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

The setup I've got (I'm in the same boat as you) is a Zoom H1 audio recorder and an Audio-Technica ATR-6550. A good set of headphones (I got the Sony MDR 7502's) is a must so you can hear what you're recording. This all cost me around $200 on Amazon and I'm happy with it, although I haven't been able to use it yet as I've had to delay my short film. I also bought a shock mount for $17.59, also Amazon, that I'll just rubber band to my cheap extendable broom pole.

This is a very cheap setup. The H1 is solid enough. The mic is a generic Chinese mic that Audio-Technica just bought a bulk order of and slapped their logo on it. On ours the cable has kind of disconnected inside and now only feeds to one side of my headphones. It's a mono mic but has two feeds to the headphones, and now you can only hear both when you hold the cable just right. And the Sony's are a very good sounding pair of headphones, the best I've ever heard, but they're also cheaply made. I didn't take good care of mine and now the clickers that let you adjust the size have come off the assembly and I've taped one side to keep it from coming off.

Just a warning to treat your stuff good, especially if it's cheap. One more thing, I also bought a clapperboard for $30 to help me sync the sound in post. You can just clap, of course, but the board makes it easier to keep track of scenes.

February 28, 2015 at 11:31AM

Torsten Pearson

You don`t have to buy a recorder at all if you don`t have the budget. Just buy a mic, which you`ll connect to your laptop where you`ll have already downloaded a recorder programm, there are free and simple ones, or professional ones like Logic. Bring your laptop to the set and there you go, you even had to buy a Zoom

March 2, 2015 at 5:13AM

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