Easy Languages Tutorials - Choosing your equipment





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Published on Aug 19, 2014

Wanna become an Easy Languages co-producer? Send your short introduction now to info@easy-languages.org.

You have already been in contact with us and are now ready to become an Easy Languages producer? Great!
Now let's take a look at the equipment.
In this video you'll see Easy Languages producers introducing their equipment to you.

Basically there are two things you need for the production:
a) a camera
b) a microphone

There is a huge range of cameras you can use, starting from good quality smartphone cameras to semi professional or even professional DSLR cameras. Your investment here is between 100€ up to 1000€ or even more.
Important: to produce Easy Languages the camera's built-in microphone is not sufficient. This is because there is often a lot of background noise which is picked up by the built-in microphone and the quality is generally poor. You most definitely need an external microphone.
For the microphone there is a variety of options: Most Easy Languages producers record with a separate audio recorder like the ones from the ZOOM series, such as those introduced by Ben, Christian and Mato. Another option is a cable connected microphone (however not always convenient when filming on the streets). The most convenient option is the radio microphone (such as the one introduced by Janusz) that automatically synchronises with your video, however this is also the most expensive one. If you do buy a radio microphone then make sure your camera has an external audio input jack - not all cameras provide that option!

Here are the details of the the equipment used by our producers:

Mato and Ana
Video: - Sony CX220
Audio: Zoom H1

Video: Canon SX260 HS
Audio: Zoom H1

Video: Canon 600D
Audio: Zoom H4n

Video: Sony HDR - XR 550
Audio: MIC Sennheiser ew 300 G3 Receiver: Sennheiser ew 100 G3

Easy Languages is an international video project aiming at supporting people worldwide to learn languages through authentic street interviews. We also use this format to expose our street culture abroad and create a more diverse image of our countries. Episodes are produced in local languages and contain subtitles in both the original language as well as in English.

More information at

Easy Languages is produced by the intercultural youth media network The Global Experience:


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