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Increase The Quality of Sound off of a Camcorder?

A friend of mine asked me to film a music video featuring his new song. The thing is, I'm a video guy, not an audio guy. Heck, I had a hard enough time obtaining high quality professional music! So, do any if you know how to increase the sound quality of a Cannon FS10? I'll even take a "let me Google that for you," as I'm pretty bad at searching. :P

If anyone's interested, this is the video he wants to improve (he's not happy with his mom's recording).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LeYtC9LU-I&fmt=22

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robotguy45 years ago
Record the video and then record the music using a good microphone in a room with egg cartons or that bumpy foam stuff taped to the walls (stops echos) and then edit back into the video, maybe?
Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)  robotguy44 years ago
That's pretty much what I did, only we used a bathroom. :P
Thanks for the help!


lemonie5 years ago
Does it have a socket for an external mic' or mic's? That would be one way. Otherwise record the audio separately and dub it onto the video. L
Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Yes, there is a red "MIC" socket next to a yellow "AV OUT" socket. Do you think it would work with the mic in the above image?

Odd, I was never notified that there were answers to my question...
I'm not sure about the mic, but that socket is there so you can connect something better than the built-in mics. It's for exactly this type of situation that the have that feature, see the manufacturer for "accessories" to get an idea of what goes with the camera. L
Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)  lemonie4 years ago
The jack was much to large for the camera, so we ended up recording in the bathroom. Thanks for the help!
OK, that'll give you a different sound... L
zwild15 years ago
You should be able to drop an off camera mic on your FS10, it has a 3.5mm jack. Or you can use a second camera closer to the subject with a good windscreen over the mic, then layer in the audio in post. I might purchase a shotgun mic in the future if you don't have a timeframe, I wouldn't mind lending it out.
Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)  zwild14 years ago
Do you think it will work with the mic in the above image? I am filming tomorrow so I don't think I'd be able to use your shotgun mic, though that would be helpful.