shadowdancer wrote in post #18161763
I would like to do some family and family event videos. Because I have never shot video, I have no basis for differentiating between the video products available. For example, I know that an external mike is necessary (particularly given the poor sound filtration on the internal mike of the 5D4) and Rode mikes seem to be highly recommended. But I don't know which Rode mike I should get, or even how I could tell if it would work with a 5D4. That's why I put 5D4 in the header. I was hoping there was some-one already knowledgeable about both videography and this particular camera that could give me a few pointers. The other concern I have is that there is quite a price range in products. There is no point in buying cheaply and then the product doesn't work to a sufficient standard, or is too difficult to operate by a beginner. Equally, for the purpose for which I want to use the video facilities, I don't want to spend a lot of money if the high end product isn't really required for the intended use. Thanks for taking the time to comment!
I've been moving into video over the last four years now.
I'd first say don't go overboard in equipment if you want to do family and family event videos. Remember, this and never forget it: You are not producing "Avatar." You have no intention of producing "Avatar." It's not going to a big movie theater screen, it's not going to be heard through a professional theater sound system. Most of the advice you get is for people who want to shoot "Avatar." That's not for you.
The first thing a still photographer has to grasp moving to video is the importance of audio quality. Good audio (that is, inoffensive audio--you're not shooting "Avatar," remember) is more important than good video. People will tolerate dark, fuzzy images better than they will tolerate bad audio.
But getting inoffensive audio for family events (remember: You're not shooting "Avatar") doesn't take much. As a matter of tutelage, go to YouTube and subscribe to the Curtis Judd channel. Curtis does absolutely excellent videos to start you smart with audio. He's clear, he's direct (he doesn't meander like so many other YouTubers), he tells you exactly what you need to know at your level.
It takes getting the microphone as close to the subject as possible. TANSTAATM: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Telephoto Microphone. So if possible, you'd want to get a lavaliere microphone on the subject. It doesn't have to be a very expensive one, but you'll probably find the cheaper wireless models are most practical for family events. Just remember you'll need a whole separate set for each person you want miked.
More often, though, for family events you'll be using a camera-mounted shotgun microphone and living with its limitations. You won't find any difference in sound quality for family events between a Rode VideoPro and a Rode VideoGo, but the VideoGo costs less than half as much and you'll never come back with nothing because you forgot to turn it on or the separate battery went dead.
If you were doing something more than family events, you might want to do the separate recorder route...but you're doing family events, so just route the microphone into the camera.
Camera support? Do you set up a tripod now for family events? Why not? The same issues apply. For family events, think "monopod" and IS lenses.
You. Are. Not. Shooting. "Avatar."