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Kodak Zi8 Camera With Shotgun Mic

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Welcome to Pro Blog Tips video tutorials. In this episode were going to be reviewing the audio that you get with the Kodak Zi8 camera, and in particular, were going to be trying out the Sennheiser ME 67 shotgun microphone, which were going to be plugging into the side of the camera using the external input. One of the biggest advantages of this camera is the fact that you can use an external microphone.


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Most of the cameras that are on the market, in fact all of the cameras on the market today except for the Kodak Zi8 have no external microphone input. I’m talking now about the little pocket style flip cameras that have been cropping up all over the place… this one, plus you’ve got the Flip HD camera, you’ve also got the Sonny Bloggie.

So theres a number of cameras around at the moment that have this same style of format, but the only one that has the external microphone input is the Kodak Zi8. And as you can tell right now, the onboard microphone doesn’t do a bad job.

I’m about three to four feet away from the camera and the audio’s a little bit echoee, a little bit boomy. I found that when your more than an arms length from the camera, it does start to get a little bit echoee. What were going to do right now is were going to plug in the ME 67 shotgun microphone by Sennheiser and let you compare the difference. Were going to do that right now…

Ok… I’ve plugged in the Sennheiser ME67 shotgun microphone and already you would have noticed a difference in the audio. This particular microphone is sitting about two and a half to three feet away from me, and its just directly overhead. And this microphone when you use it, is a very good microphone. It gives excellent results. Right now I’m recording in my office, and I know that my wife is in the room next door to me watching TV, and this microphone probably is even picking up a little bit of the audio thats coming thru the walls from the TV in the next room. But as you can already tell, the camera has the ability to give you very good audio simply because you can plug in a separate microphone source.

Thats the end of todays test… Thankyou for watching Pro Blog Tips video tutorials, my name is Jaron… Speak to you again soon.

This is the same video that is displayed above… but testing how it looks when displayed in a shadowbox. It looks fancy, but at the end of the day I like it better when displayed on the webpage.

You will notice that if you click the image to play the video, it plays at a different size than if you click the text link under the image. Dont know why that happens… a code error by me probably. Update : fixed Shadowbox display error. It was a “rel” code error… all is now working correctly.

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