6 Tips for Getting Better Audio for Video with VP83 and VP83F LensHopper™ Microphones

Over the past five years, DSLR cameras have become the preferred tool for quality video capture for a large portion of the AV market. Having the ability to create hi-def video with interchangeable lenses, whether for instant online publication or serious post-production, has allowed many pro, semi-pro, and enthusiastic amateur videographers to step up their game.

Only one thing is missing: sound quality.

Why Audio Matters in Video

There’s an old saying that all it takes to ruin a great video is bad audio. Unfortunately, camera companies are all about optics, and even the best DSLR cameras rely on tiny integrated microphones for sound. These suffer from a lack of directionality, high handling and wind noise, and a high noise floor. They are incapable of quality audio capture because they are essentially an afterthought. If you are shopping for a DSLR to shoot video, your best bet is to make sure you get one with an external audio input. This will open up your audio options considerably.

If you have a DSLR with an external microphone jack, then Shure has two superb solutions for you: the VP83 and VP83F LensHopper™ Camera-Mount Condenser Microphones.

These mics not only capture great audio, but also they do so with maximum ease and versatility. All you do is slide the mic assembly into your camera’s hot shoe, plug the integrated cable into the audio input of your camera (or other recording device), and you’ll be capturing sound with the same high definition as your video.