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    A mic suitable for interviews

    I wish to get a new external mic for my SONY VX2100e.
    My idea is to have it mounted on camcorder for normal shooting,
    and when doing interview, to take it down and hand it to those
    being interviewed. (to hold it in hand)
    It can be wired mic.
    Would anyone have any suggestions ?

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    My suggestion is not to hand a mic to an interview subject. Except in very unusual circumstances, i.e. when the interviewee has had specific training in mic technique and proved their competence, this is considered a no-no. You will often get disastrous audio by giving the mic to someone who doesn't know what they're doing. Better to use an onboard directional mic.

    Having said that, you may still have a good reason to buy a hand-hald mic. I don't have a specific recommendation but I would suggest going with a reputable brand (e.g. Shure or Sennheiser). A dynamic mic would be fine, something with a moderately carioid pattern. Not too directional, not too omni-directional.

    Also check the mic to see how well it copes with handling noise, especially if you do go down the dreaded path of letting interviewees hold the mic .

    Our microphone tutorials have more info about directionality etc.
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    Thank you, Dave, for your reply.
    I need to improve my english.

    What I actually meant by "hand it to those being interviewed" was,
    that my filming partner would have mic in his hand and while listening to the interview subject, he would put the mic in front of his mouth.

    The reason I want to do this is that I see it on TV. And when they do it,
    there probably is a reason.
    I already have an onboard mic "Sennheiser MKE 300 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Condenser" from BHPhotovideo, NY, but it can't be held in hand.

    As you suggest, i will definitely not hand the mic to the subject.

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    Ah, that sounds fine then. There are several good reasons for using a hand-held mic in this situation so I think you're on the right track.

    There are many models to choose from, but as I say, go for a reputable brand.
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    Could you please, Dave, tell me a few of those reasons ?
    I'm in the process of getting into filming, so I like to listen to
    more experienced colleagues.

    I'm actually very happy, that I found this site. It provides
    all essential things explained in very simple manner.

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    - Assuming the presenter knows how to use the mic properly, they will have better control of the sound. They can position the mic correctly and move it closer/further from the subject as required.
    - The mic will be able to pick up the subject and presenter equally well, unlike a fixed mic which may get the subject okay but the presenter will be off-mic.
    - The camera and mic are independent which is very useful, especially if you want to pan the camera somewhere else during the interview.
    - The presenter can subtly cue the subject by pointing the mic. This can be useful when interviewing more than one subject - when the mic is pointed at someone, they know it's their turn to talk.
    - It helps you to look professional. This isn't just for your ego - it can help people take you seriously and co-operate more.
    Dave Owen
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