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    Hope this is in the right forum. I am a new small business owner. I have purchased a Sony PMW-F3 kit with lmost anythign a producer could want (lol I hope). There is no audio componant to my kit and my question was to other professional camermen or rental houses. The question is how important is it for ME to invest in audio equipment (stick mics, booms, lavs...everything)? Will I hurt my business opportunities by not having an audio package and forcing the producer to hire an audio guy with equipment? I do not hire myself out as a cameraman, I only rent the equipment.

    Any thoughts? Ive been given some advice but it is coming from someone who is trying to sell me their old audio package.

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    There are a few who have limitless knowledge on the audio side, who can advise fully, but in my experience clear, crisp audio is every bit as important as the video, especially when it comes to voice overs. It can make or break a production. Hire the kit in if you're not sure.
    My opinions are just that . . . Mine. It's not personal, but is based on my emotional and professional reaction to requested critique. If you choose to ignore constructive comments, I'll just assume you're a vanity poster and not posting to improve your filming and editing skills.

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    Shaky video or out of focus video is distracting, But you can still follow the story.

    Bad audio or too quiet audio distracts from the story.

    As Zero said, Audio is incredibly important, It can drastically alter the mood of a scene ( sound track, Speech tones, ambient FX, ect )

    And.....did you spend 20,038.80 incVAT on the kit?
    If that is the price you are placing on picture capture, Be prepared to spend 500 to 2000 for the audio side of it!

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    I can only echo what has already been said. Unless you are just going to be doing music videos were you only use a backing track, you need to build up your audio recording equipment. For example if you are doing a wedding how are you going to hear the vows with an on board camera mic meters away. If you are doing a corporate you'll need at least one lav to get good sound for interviews and a nice mic for voice-overs.

    I think you've been lectured at enough.

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    Erm, unless I've missed something myself, I think all responses so far have missed the point. You want to hire equipment to other people (video professionals) and you're asking should your kit include audio stuff, right?

    If that's the question, then I'd say damn right it shoud.

    If I decided on my next project i wanted to hire in kit, I would expect anyone renting me cameras to be able to rent me mic etc as well. not necessarily specialist stuff, but a range of "basic" industry standard mics, wireless and wired.
    Tim

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    Wether he uses it himself, or just hires it out, I think we've listed all the best reasons why it is needed
    My opinions are just that . . . Mine. It's not personal, but is based on my emotional and professional reaction to requested critique. If you choose to ignore constructive comments, I'll just assume you're a vanity poster and not posting to improve your filming and editing skills.

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    Giving good audio gear to someone who doesn't know how to use it properly is still never going to get good results. Whether or not you decide to hire out audio equipment with your camera equipment is a decision for you to make. You probably should give clients the option to hire audio gear from you, but in the end if they aren't experienced they are better to hire professional sound guys.

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    seemingly the OP was a one post wonder.

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    Here today, gone tomorrow huh. Did someone scare them off?

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    Well, FWIW I'd like to know who OP's customer-base is . . . does he have a target "hirer" in mind, perhaps . . otherwise why didn't he budget for the audio stuff too?

    Also, unless the hirer is a small production team a point made earlier applies -that good gear doesn't make good audio if the operator ....
    Sometimes, it may make sense to have available decent-enough gear (which he has), and see what the Market demands...

    At least that way he keeps his cash back for a good deal . . . but maybe that's what been offered . . . OP why not tell us what's "on Offer" you'll get plenty of Opinions.

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