I've kind of been dragged into video production recently by a dance instructor friend who is looking to produce some instructional DVDs for his dance students.
I have already produced some "internal" training DVDs for his staff, which was OK but the sound was less than perfect - mainly because we had to use the camera's built in mic (it didn't have an external mic socket.)
This time, we should have a Panasonic HS700 available, which has an external mic socket, but I have a few questions as to what may be best to use.
He does already have 2 Shure wireless microphone setups with head sets - the receivers have XLR outputs, but I believe he has an XLR to 6.3mm jack plug lead. I'm assuming that I should be able to use one of these (with a 6.3mm to 3.5mm adaptor)? The receivers are mains powered, but as the camera is not moving, this shouldn't be a problem.
I also guess I could get a lapel/lavalier mic to plug into the transmitter instead of the headset?
I had also considered getting an external recorder, but I think this may be extra hassle with syncing audio (it would mean we could use the same camera as last time). But I assume the HS700's audio (which I believe is a weak point on this camera) should be a lot better with an external microphone?