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This is a blog that will share real-world media production techniques, ideas and suggestions with K-12 students and instructors. We'll discuss what works, what doesn't, and how to keep a project from blowing up in your face.
is amazing.The idea that we can turn a
meeting room into a makeshift television studio and broadcast to the world is
astounding, even to a veteran media person like me.In order to have a successful broadcast, we
need to use the right tool for the job.
When we’re dealing
with video conferencing, we are broadcasting two things: picture and
sound.And while everyone understands
that the video camera needs to show what the viewer wants to see, it can be a
challenge to have the microphone pick up what everyone wants to hear.
receives the attention it deserves, even though so much of the information
conveyed during a video conference is actually heard rather than seen.
So, what tools do we use to gather sound?The microphone that is built in to your
laptop does a pretty good job if you are the only person on your end of the
conference.However, using the built in
mic and speaker can often set up a feedback or echo effect, where your mic
hears and rebroadcasts the output of your speaker.You will avoid that problem by using a combo
headphone-mic headset like the one pictured.
Blue Snowball mic
If you have a group
of people gathered around a table, you need a different kind of microphone to
hear everyone clearly.The Blue Snowball
microphone can be switched from a cardioid pattern to an omnidirectional
pattern, which means it can be used by a single person or set in the middle of
a table to pick up an entire group of people.It connects via a USB cable to your computer and is compatible with
Skype and other conferencing software.
Another style of
microphone that is well suited to gathering sound at a meeting is the PZM or
boundary microphone.It sits flat on the
table and picks up reflected sound.This
is the style of mic used with a Polycom and AVer video conferencing system.Some models, such as the MXL-404 (pictured)
also connect to your computer via USB.
MXL-404 PZM Mic
father always told me to use the right tool for the job.So use the right microphone for your next
video conference. Your audience will appreciate being able to hear you better,
and that’s sound advice.