April 14, 2015 at 2:52PM

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Using internal mic on camera: possible?

I'm new at this, and to be fair, it's only a little school project. That being said, I'd still like it (a short film) to look and sound as nice as I can. I have access to a Sony HD handycam pj430v, which isn't the best camera but it isn't the worst either. I don't have access to nice external mics.

I know it isn't preferable to rely on the internal mic, but is it possible? The short film is entirely inside, with very few times the camera won't be decently close to the actors. Is there anything I can do in editing to make it sound better? It doesn't have to be perfect, I just want it to be the least amateurish as it can be.
Thanks for the help.

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Your actors will have to be within 2-3 feet of your camera to get usable audio, which is probably not how you want to shoot your film.

I would rent or borrow a portable audio recorder ( like a Tascam DR-05, Tascam DR-07 Mk2, Tascam DR-40, Olympus LS-10, Olympus LS-11, Olympus LS-12, Zoom H1, Zoom H4n, etc... ) and mount it to the end of a broom-handle that someone will hold above your actors just out of the camera frame. You will want to get this recorder within 2-3 feet of your actors heads, and it would be a good idea to plug in a pair of headphones to monitor what things sound like.

If there is no way you can get your hands on a portable audio recorder, then I would mount an Apple or Android smart-phone to the end of a broom handle, and use an audio recording app on the phone to record your audio. Again you want the smart phone to be within 2-3 feet of your actor's heads.

When done, you will have to learn how to sync the audio with your camera's video when editing, but the end results will be 100x better than trying to record audio with your camera's internal mics from way too far away.

Have fun!

April 14, 2015 at 3:50PM, Edited April 14, 3:50PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thank you for a good response and without judgement! I like this community already. Sound was the one thing I was very much concerned about. Portable audio recorders, huh? Thanks for the suggestion!

April 15, 2015 at 3:21PM

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Meg Hawkins
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Does your school not have any equipment at all you could take out? Guy had some great suggestions but also your library might have something like a Rode Videomic or a similar mic that mounts on your camera. Still not ideal but much better than the internal mic.

April 16, 2015 at 9:31AM

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Liam Leyland
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