I started looking around for a solution. At first, I was wondering if I should look into getting external microphones, lapel mics or additional sound recording equipment. But each of these has drawbacks. For starters, my main vlogging camera is my Canon G7 X and it does not have an audio input. This means external microphones and lapel mics aren’t an option. That leaves buying separate sound recording devices; the problem there is that now I have a separate track of data I have to collect, store, synchronize, and edit. This increases the complexity of my vlogging operation.
Before I succumbed to defeat, I thought about how others were attacking this problem. I recall seeing a big fluffy thing on Mark Miller’s camera during several of his vlogs. So I tried looking that up. Not being a videography major, I don’t know about a lot of these little things, so I was quickly educated to the concept of the “muff” or the “dead cat.” Who comes up with these names? Dead cat, really? 😛
So the true dead cats work great when you have an external boom or shotgun mic, like in the picture above, but what about compact point and shoot cameras like my Canon G7 X?