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      Use camcorder microphones for premium recording quality

      When making a video, picture quality is only half of the story. The hallmark of a professional video is crisp sound that is not distorted by distracting, fuzzy background noise. The only way to get that golden sound for your videos is to use camcorder microphones. When you shop Sears, you will have plenty of options to choose from. Start with a simple stick microphone or go straight for the high-tech options that reduce wind interference. The improvement in sound quality will give your business videos, weblogs or other recordings a polished edge. We carry everything from microphones to reels of cable to get professional-quality sound.

      Using the microphone that is built into your camera is like using your computer's built-in speakers. They work and are convenient, but the quality is always going to be lackluster. Like stand-alone computer speakers, detached microphones will give you superior results every time. On-board microphones are designed to pick up sound from all directions. This means they pick up a lot of unwanted, ambient noise that sounds fuzzy in the recording. Voices can sound tinny, flat or echo. On-board microphones also pick up the noises that your camera makes, marring your recording with electronic buzzes and clicks. Detached microphones are unparalleled for producing cleaner, clearer recordings and true-to-life sound.

      With so many options on the market, it is important to figure out what you need before you start shopping. The first thing to do is to ensure that your camcorder be compatible with an external microphone. Microphones and other specialty camera accessories use different kinds of jacks. Examine your camera or check the manual to see if you have either a stereo or XLR jack that will allow audio input. When shopping, make sure you look at microphones compatible with your jack style. Whittle down your options further by deciding between wired and wireless. Wired microphones do not pose battery or signal problems, but wireless microphones are convenient and tangle-free.

      There are three major styles of external microphones. Inexpensive and durable, traditional stick microphones record close-up sound. They are best for off-camera use or when you want a reporter look. A more discreet option for recording individual speakers is lapel microphones. They clip to your shirt and pick up clear sound without drawing attention to themselves. To make a professional video with no microphones in sight, shotgun microphones are ideal. They can either be attached to a boom stick and held by a second person, or they can be mounted to cameras and used in conjunction with camera tripods for solo use.

      External microphones are a necessity for anyone serious about video recording. Whether you are a video production student, a blogger or professional looking to put promotional videos on your website, Sears has all the options you need to get crystal-clear audio in any recording situation.

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