A $20 Investment for Simple 2-Person Videos

 

I just picked up a cool little $20 dollar accessory to help with a 2 person video shoot. Like an interview. And even for single person videos, it adds a feature to my camera that it doesn’t come with.

 

 

 

Hey, Larry here. When you’re getting into simple in-house videos for your business, you’ll need to have more than one person on camera from time to time. Maybe it’s an interview or maybe it’s a 2-person show.

There are wireless mic packs and receivers that let you have a couple of wireless packs, but this is pro gear. It’s hundreds of dollars and you have to fine tune it to a frequency where there’s no interference. In some big cities, that can be a challenge.

I recommend wired mics to a lot of my clients because they’re easy to set up and use. If you get a good quality one, and if it has a long cord, like this one with a 20′ cord, you get great audio, plugged right into the camera. But if you need 2 microphones for an interview, what do you do?

You get one of these. It’s a Rode SC6. It takes 2 microphone inputs and outputs them to a single mic jack. Oh, and just a quick heads-up on this. There are 2 kinds of mic jacks that look really similar. One is called a TRS and the other one is a TRRS. The TRRS jack is intended for smartphones and tablets, and the TRS is more for cameras and camcorders. So I plug my 2 lapel mics into the SC6, I run a 20′ extension cable over to my camera, and then I use this RODE SC3 adapter because it converts the TRRS smartphone plug into a TRS plug for my camera.

So now I can have 2 mics plugged into my camera. Just 1 more thing though…

I film with a Canon 70D or a Canon 6D when I do video work and, while they both have a mic jack, neither one has a headphone jack. Well, the SC6 has 2 mic inputs AND a headphone jack. So even if I’m using a single mic plugged into my camera, if I’m filming somebody else and I want to monitor their audio, I use the SC6. Now I can monitor the audio.

I hope that helps you because that’s what I do. I help non-video pros do simple video setups for their business videos.

If you have a question and you’re watching this on Facebook or YouTube, post your question right here. If you’d rather send me an email, send it to questions@LarryBecker.tv maybe I’ll answer you directly or maybe I’ll make a video so your question helps everybody.

See Ya next time.