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Initial post: Dec 7, 2012, 4:43:29 AM PST
what would be the best video camera for making dvd's and would have the best sound quality. because I have a small handheld video camera that the sound is atrocious unless heard by a computer. I am new to the world of making videos

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012, 9:05:45 AM PST
Neo Lee says:
Zoom h4n if you want quality sound. With a camcorder, most pros would use an external condenser mic like a Rhode shotgun mic connected to the camcorder or amp. Sounds in all camcorders are crap. In windy environment, you can use a good wind filter like the Dead Cat on the external mic.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012, 3:57:02 PM PST
EdM says:
RED makes excellent digital cameras ... Also, full frame [and some APSc] DSLRs are quite capable and can be fitted with various rigs for video recording, lights, mikes, etc.

However, mostly you need to learn to do post video production as well as having a separate stereo mike setup on a boom, etc. You can look for info on these at places like b&h photo [search for it].

Amazon has some stuff, e.g. Opteka VM-200 Video Condenser Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Digital SLR Cameras and Camcorders

Posted on Dec 8, 2012, 11:54:16 AM PST
JCUKNZ says:
Unless the audio source is loud then what is recorded by the camera is normally sub standard and an external microphone is the key but only the better cameras have provision for this.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012, 12:57:58 PM PST
Ken Elliott says:
If you are making DVD's, then that implies you are shooting standard def video - not HD. For HD, you would want to burn Blu-Ray disks. Almost all camcorders are HD these days.

But since you asked about sound, you can keep your current camcorder and use a Rode VideoMic. I use the mono version, which connects to the microphone jack on my camcorder. If you don't have a mic jack, then you will want to consider buying a camcorder with one.

Rode also has a VideoMic Pro VMP with a built-in recorder. I use an external Zoom audio recorder, and wish I had that model instead. Amazon sells both.
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