Some of our class discussion last night focused on the audio limitations of the Flip. Unfortunately, you can’t attach an external mike to the Flip (and many mainstream camera manufacturers such as Sony and Canon are also dropping those connections even on their higher end consumer cameras). I’ve suggested to my students that they consider carrying a standalone digital audio recorder and using them during interviews as well. That way, they can decide which audio to use later. They don’t necessarily need to match the separate audio with the video, they could just lay it under footage as a narrative track, which can be effective in storytelling.
Of note is how Reuters news agency is equipping their Mobile Journalists (MOJO’s) with Nokia cameraphones and an external mike setup. Nokia provided a special adapter to Reuters to facilitate the use of an external mike. I wonder if Flip will ever do the same?
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