Fuji X T3 How to get Better Audio

what’s up guys to get here and welcome to another tech gear talk today I’m going to show you how to get better audio with the Fuji XT 3 now I’ve done a detailed review of the XT 3 and I’ll add a link to it in the description in case you want to get more information about this camera but today we’re gonna take a look at how to get better audio for your XT 3 video the Fuji XT 3 is a great camera and it may be the best value in the market right now when it comes to a single camera that shoots amazing stills and great video like pretty much every camera the XG 3 comes with a built-in stereo microphone and if you’re watching this video you probably know that if you have a choice you should never use your camera’s built-in microphones for anything other than scratch audio when I buy a camera I’m paying for great image quality better resolution different frame rates better low-light performance and dynamic range and I don’t expect the manufacturer to really focus on high-end audio components now there are several problems with the built-in

microphone on the xt 3 and for that matter built-in microphones in general the first is that they’re on the directional so they won’t isolate the sound that you’re trying to pick up the second issue is that they pick up a lot of handling and mechanical noises from the camera itself a third issue is that the microphone is part of the camera and because of that it has to be as far away from the subject as the camera is and then the fourth issue we already discussed the cameras focus is to capture video and there’s limited space and budget allocated to audio ok so now that we identify the issues let’s get to some solutions and I’ll show you options at different price points ok so when we look at the issues we know that we want to isolate the sound we’re trying to pick up we want to get rid of handling noise you want to have the flexibility to move the microphone closer to the subject and we want to use higher-end audio components there are a ton of options out there and of course I can’t show you all of them but I’m gonna give you a few examples to show you that essentially

any external microphone will do better than the built microphone with all the audio tests I’m not going to do any editing because I want you to hear the difference in a clean audio source let’s start out by just listening to the built-in microphone all right so here’s an example of what the Fuji XD threes built-in microphones would pick up I just wanted to give you a baseline so that as we start testing the other microphones you know what to use as a comparison alright first let’s look at the rode videomicro this is a compact and lightweight microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern meaning that it’s designed to pick up sounds from the front and reject sounds coming from the sides and the back it sells for only $59 and it mounts right on to the XT threes hotshoe and plugs into the 3.5 millimeter external mic input the microphone is also isolated from the camera with a Rycote shock mount so the sounds from you touching the camera aren’t transferred to the microphone I’m also able to use an

extension cable and get the microphone off the camera and closer to the subject if needed I also want to mention that one of my favorite features on the XT 4 video is that Fuji included a headphone jack and that lets me monitor my audio in real time and identify any potential issues so let’s have a listen all right now we’re gonna do a test using the rode videomicro which is a compact shotgun mic it’s mounted right on top of the Fuji XT 3 and hopefully you can hear that it’s significantly better than the built-in microphone on the XD 3 wrote also offers some higher-end microphones like the video mic Pro Plus which offers a plus 20 DB option that lets you turn down the gain on the camera and lets the microphone amplify the signal this gets you a lot better signal-to-noise ratio and better overall quality because you’re asking a professional microphone to amplify the sound rather than your camera if you’d like to hear a comparison of the entire Road directional microphone line I’ll add a link in the description to another video that I did next let’s listen to the

Sennheiser ME 66 which is a larger shotgun microphone with a super cardioid pickup pattern now this pattern is even more directional and even more focused and sounds coming from the front of the microphone the kit which includes the ME 66 and the k-6 power module cost four hundred and sixty bucks and this microphone does require a double-a battery in this case since the XT three does not provide phantom power the ME 66 is an XLR microphone so I will use my XLR to 3.5 millimeter adapter in order to connect it to the XT 3 so let’s have a listen for this clip I’m using the Sennheiser ME 66 and k6p combo and I wanted to give you an idea of what the shotgun microphone that I used for most of my videos sounds like so I’ve got it set up up here on a boom pole of course I would never have it this close because it’s in the frame but I wanted you to be able to see this setup while you’re listening to it so hopefully this sounds pretty good alright so the first two options allowed me to isolate the microphone from the camera and move it closer to the subject but

they still require that I either attach the microphone directly to the XT 3 or use an external recorder now if I want a wireless solution I can use something like the Sennheiser AVX the setup I’m gonna be using includes the Mk II to level your microphone and costs eight hundred and ninety nine dollars you can also get this set up with the me2 lavalier microphone that sells for six hundred and ninety nine dollars now they are pricey but the quality is absolutely fantastic and there’s also $100 giftcard special going on right now so I’ll put links in the description in case you’re interested alright so I can place the lav microphone and transmitter on my subject and then use the XLR to 3.5 millimeter adapter that came with the AV x to connect a receiver to the XT 3 now I’m all set my subject can move around and sound great regardless of how far away they are from the camera alright and for this test we’re going to use this Sennheiser AVX so I’ve got the Mk II to mic lavalier mic mounted to me I’ve got the transmitter in my pocket and the receiver is mounted right on top of xt3 so hopefully you can hear much better audio again I can move around it doesn’t matter because the microphone stays right where it is and so hopefully the audio is very consistent and clear alright so I hope

this video was helpful and gave you some examples of how to get better audio with the Fuji XT 3 we looked at a few microphone options that let you isolate your subject from the environment eliminate handling noise from the camera bringing the microphone closer to the subject and use higher-end audio components if you’re ready for even the next step and to take advantage of the much better preamps and a lot more control you can use an external recorder a few of my favorites are the tascam dr-60d in the description to where you can check those out and get some more info I hope I was able to give you some useful advice about how to get better audio with the Fuji XT 3 if this video was helpful please let me know by giving it a thumbs up tweet it share it and if you haven’t yet hit the subscribe a notification buttons you can always find me on Instagram Twitter and Facebook at tech gear talk and you know what I always say bye nice or bye twice good luck and see you soon

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