wind noise

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Camera manufactures of video recording equipment seems to be improving the
    video picture quality (for example 4k cameras) but nothing seems to be done
    to improve on the audio of a video. The main problem is wind noise. There
    is a wind filter that can be turned on but you still hear the noise.

    I took for video shots on a beach of an event and on playback I get lots of
    wind noise that can clearly be heard and sometimes its loud enough to drown
    out the sound of people. It seems the higher you are above the ground the
    louder the wind sound. Cameras use to have some material over the cameras
    mic but if rubbed against something then this material wears out.

    I have used music in the past to replace the poor sound due to wind noise
    but this seems to isolate the audience from what is happening and you don't
    get that 'just like being there' feeling. Audio reactions from the crowd
    are always useful in the video.
    I could record some beach sound with a portable digital recorder that had a
    wind sock but I miss out on actual comments and reactions from the crowd,
    the same as if I was to use a beach sound effect.

    Maybe my only option to put an external mic that has a wind socket on the
    camera and attach it where an external flash can be fitted on the bracket
    on top of the camera. Do mics that can be attached to the cameras flash
    bracket exist?

    Some cameras seem to handle noise as there was a voice recording made on a
    very windy day on a sony video camera that had a wind socket over its large
    sized mic and even in a very strong wind, no wind sound could be heard.

    Any suggestions would be welcome thanks.
    Brian, Feb 10, 2014
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  2. Yes..., although my old Sony VX2000s with a thick Radio
    Shack foam over its (proper...;-) microphone gave excellent
    results outdoors. The best cheap stereo mic (it had switchable
    90/120-degree *approximate* coverage) for good sound and easy
    physical-handling isolation that could be made almost "gale-proof"
    by adding a Rode "Dead Kitten" furry thingy over its foam cover,
    and was about $100US (and it fitted into the camera's hot-shoe)
    was the Sony 908C, and maybe it can still be found used. You can
    hear several small mics I compared on a video I put on YouTube
    at: (they were on a
    Canon HV20 camcorder - and some cameras have better audio than
    others...). I also liked the Canon ZM-100 (but it needed an
    external battery) and the Senheiser MKE300 (mono) short-shotgun
    mic. Steve King also had several useful things to say here.

    Yes - MANY do, including all I used in the YouTube video...
    Others can also use a hot-shoe mic-bracket accessory. Another
    option is to try the small "furry" tape-on patches over the
    camera's mics, but I don't expect much improvement from doing
    that, and foam hasn't worked very well either. For $25 or so,
    maybe the "patches" would offer some useful wind-noise reduction,
    Likely a "blimp", not simple or cheap..., but foam plus a
    Rhycote "furry" often works well. Try the links here:
    Likely a "blimp", not simple or cheap...
    David Ruether, Feb 10, 2014
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  3. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Do you know what type of material to buy. I once asked a shop that sells
    material for clothes and they said they might be able to get it if I could
    tell them the type of material.

    Thanks David and Steve for your suggestions.
    The easiest and cheapest solution would be to tape some suitable material
    over the cameras mics that are located at the top of the camera. Having a
    mounted mic would give me only mono sound unless there are stereo mics but
    I could pick up better sound than using the tiny camera mics. I live on
    the east coast which gets a lot of wind.
    Brian, Feb 10, 2014
  4. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I did manage to find this site:

    make your own mic blimp
    Brian, Feb 11, 2014
  5. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Did you do wind tests with any of these mics?
    Brian, Feb 11, 2014
  6. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I came across this on YouTube which might be useful for others like myself
    that have this problem.

    Canon 60D on board camera mic wind test and simple DIY Solution ..

    Jul 24, 2012 - Uploaded by Mike Quest
    This was inspired by Knoptop and this Video The
    internal ...
    Brian, Feb 11, 2014
  7. Yes - read the whole written piece I included with the YouTube
    video (I covered their relative wind characteristics there...;-).
    David Ruether, Feb 11, 2014
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