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The Canon Vixia HF R20 Hard At Work!

The video below was shot with my Canon Vixia outfit.  I shot the video in 24p so it is grainy on purpose.  The audio is as clear as it can be considering the vocal mix and atmosphere.  I shot the band from about 15 feet away, and mixed cuts from previous songs into the edit to make it a little more interesting.

My other camcorder audio sounded terrible when I tried recording, with pops and hisses, as well as garble. I could only use some of the video, I had to delete the audio.  As you will see though, using the Cano Vixia HF R20 and the Rode VideoMic- it did not pick up all the background noise from the bar, which was full of people yelling and maintained fairly clean audio from the band. I was happy.

Enjoy!   These guys are great.

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More Low Cost Audio From Your Camcorder

You can super-charge your camcorder from mediocre to “pro-level” with a simple device called a “BeachTek” box.  Just what is a “BeachTek?”

Well, it is a device that attaches to the bottom of your camcorder (that has a microphone input jack) and allows you to attach (2) professional style XLR microphones.  These microphones provide less hiss and pop than microphones that have the 1/8 inch jack.

Ease Of Use- High Quality Audio Results

You simply attach the box to the bottom of your tripod mount, and plug the box into the jack input of your camcorder.

The benefits of this allow you to connect to a wide variety of microphone devices, including XLR microphones, wireless systems and even live feed from a sound mixer.

The switches on the right side of the picture allow you adjust for mono or stereo, and the control knobs allow you to adjust the input levels independently.  This gives you freedom to customize your sound and if you have a camcorder that has an audio headphone input to monitor your sound, you can record sound from two sources, controlling the level of volume to allow you to edit your footage much more easily and with professional level results.

Pro’s

  • Create high quality audio with a lower priced camcorder
  • Customize your audio levels- Make the audio work to your favor, eliminate unwanted audio recording.
  • Use XLR microphones- Allows for less distortion and hiss on your audio recordings.

Con’s

  • Takes time to master- You will need to play around with the settings and adjustments for the best results.
  • Investment- If you do not have XLR microphones, you will have to purchase those as well as the Beachtek.

For the best prices on the BeachTek, check out our daily deals, with the best prices on this item.  Please note: this item does not work if your camcorder does not have a microphone input jack.  If this is your case, visit our other posts if you don’t have a camcorder with a microphone input jack.

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