Getting good audio

As more and more journalists begin to carry their own video cameras on stories, the need for more video training is growing.  The Society of Professional Journalists offers a Newsroom Training Progam that includes a module on video newsgathering.  Recently, some of the trainers involved have discovered many print newsrooms seem to be buying gear that’s designed without an earphone jack.  That makes it tremendously difficult to monitor the audio to be sure a) the sound quality is acceptable or b) the sound is there at all.

So, what do you do if you already have the camera and there’s no earphone jack in sight?  Check out this workaround posted on YouTube earlier this year.


2 comments for “Getting good audio

  1. Horotno
    May 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    It swows how much though the newsrooms have put into their charge towards multitasking, buying cameras with out a way to monitor the audio.

    Wouldn’t it be great if there was a job where all the person had to do was make good images and concentrate on the sound.

    I always though the cameraperson was a journalist.

    Most reporters , not all, have trouble with a still camera let alone moving images with sound.

    Now if they could only keep their cell phones charged….

  2. Horotno
    May 26, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    See can’t even spell right. Leave me to the images and I’ll let you do the writing.
    The second word should read “shows”.

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