Hello again everyone! I'm have finally started saving up some money, and after Thursday, I should have the purchasing power to potentially get things started (at least with audio). I've looked through the older threads a little, and will continue to do so to see if I cannot answer these questions myself, however, in case I do not find them through such means, it might be more convenient to pick your brains directly with my questions. I greatly appreciate any help! Last thing before I get into the film related questions, in the future, when posting questions that relate to money, would it be easier or more respectful for me to convert American currency figures into British Pounds? Thanks again!
I have a limited budget, but I'm wondering if it's maybe enough to at least just practice making decent shorts. First thing is first, I'm willing to put a little more investment into audio. After years of toying around with anything from home camcorders to my ipod's camera, I have noticed how important audio is. Therefore, I'd probably even be willing to spend up to $700 on audio if necessary. Would I rather be able to put that to other things? Ehh, yeah but if spending $700 on audio vs $200 on audio is the difference between something especially cheap seeming vs something viewable, I'm willing to spend that. The more I research it, the more I get the impression that shotgun mics are what are most commonly used and overall the best. Is that safe to say?
I could never figure out why the videos I took had such poor audio quality. It was never even so much the fact that I was too distant. After talking to someone and my place of work who does this for a living, supposedly the background noise exists as a result of "automatic gain control." Is there something attached to the mic that allows an operator to adjust the gain as necessary? How do I know how much to adjust it to so that the sound is of the quality in big budget films (I understand most sound gets recorded in post production and foley is included but even then they'd need to work with the gain right)? What even is gain (yes, I am that new to sound)?
I'm willing at the moment to maybe do $300-$500 on video. I have seen online that the cameras normally used by amateurs are $2,000-$5000, so I understand how much I'm under shooting on price. Is there anything usable I could buy with that? Or should I just save up instead for a "real" camera? What are the advantages of having an expensive camera vs a less expensive one?
I realize this is getting *really* cheap, but in case I decide to just save up for a decent camera instead of buying a $300-$500 one, how could I match the audio from some kind of decent sound equipment with video taken from...my iPod?