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Chuck Purnell
How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 9, 2011 at 9:05:00 pm

Those of you that use the Zoom H4N audio recorder with your DSLR camera to record good audio, how are you mounting it to your rig? I can't use the hot shoe on camera because my LED Lightpanels light goes there. If I am on tripod, I just put it somewhere convenient but I have a shoulder rig that I use a lot if I need to be mobile and I need to find a way of mounting it to the rig without damaging the Zoom...

your thoughts?

Cre8tive Minds Entertainment, LLC


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Jason Jenkins
Re: How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 9, 2011 at 9:40:27 pm

Check out this thread for some ideas: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/54/859897

Jason Jenkins
Flowmotion Media
Video production... with style!


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Steve Crow
Re: How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 10, 2011 at 12:46:19 am

I use a solution I put together from a company called Bracket1...you can see a video of how I put it all together at




Basically there's a short curved "arm" with a cold shoe attachment - and I slide the Zoom into that using a small rotating connector that allows me to position the Zoom so that I can see the screen clearly.


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Chuck Purnell
Re: How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 10, 2011 at 10:38:23 pm

Thanks Steve! Very informative! I have a DV Rig Pro shoulder support that I bought back in 2004. I am going to contact bracket 1 and see if there is something they make that will work on my rig! I like the Marshall V-LCD Adapter idea for the Zoom!

Thanks!

Cre8tive Minds Entertainment, LLC


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John Frey
Re: How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 10, 2011 at 1:41:02 am

I built 2 of these rigs last summer that will hold (2) cameras for shooting action sports. Used lightweight aluminum alloy strap. The Zoom is fed by either (2)wireless receivers or 1 wireless and a shotgun mic, or any combination with the Zoom built-in mics. The Zoom records audio but also mixes and splits the audio output which feeds the audio inputs of both a DSLR and a small camcorder, which has level controls and a headphone jack. The Panasonic GH1 gets the fixed wide shot and the Panasonic TM700 gets tracking and close-ups. It's zoom is controlled by it's wireless remote which feeds the signal to the IR on the front of the lens via a Toslink cable. The Zoom, GH1 and TM700 all have their start/stop buttons on the right handgrip. The $5.00 Chinese start/stop remote for the GH1 also allows it's on-board mic's audio simultaneously but obviously you cannot feed it audio from the Zoom. Both cameras have quick release mounts and the entire rig has one as well. I can snap the rig quickly onto a tripod if need be. The whole thing balances very well and is really pretty lightweight. I found all of the components online, but had the basic rectangular pieces heli-arced (welded) for rigidity. Here's a link to the unit.

http://www.digitalwestvideo.com/content/field-production

John D. Frey
25 Year owner/operator of two California-based production studios.

Digital West Video Productions of San Luis Obispo and Inland Images of Lake Elsinore


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Brent Dunn
Re: How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 11, 2011 at 4:02:13 pm

Here are two alternatives. They mount in your shoe and let you mount multiple devices, such as a light, Zoom, wireless mic, etc.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/682332-REG/Beachtek_MULTIMOUNT_5D_Mul...



I have this simple solution.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/126229-REG/Cool_Lux_MD3000_MD_3000_Li...

Brent Dunn
Owner / Director / Editor
DunnRight Films
DunnRight Video.com
Video Marketing Toolbox.net

Sony EX-1,
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 7D
Mac Pro Tower, Quad Core,
with Final Cut Studio

HP i7 Quad laptop
Adobe CS-5 Production Suite





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Steve Crow
Re: How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 11, 2011 at 5:51:45 pm

I think these solutions that rely on the top of the camera hot shoe as the base mounting point to make the entire rig very top heavy and unstable - I should say I haven't ever tried one I am just speaking from how I would anticipate it feeling in my hand.


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Brent Dunn
Re: How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 12, 2011 at 6:53:13 pm

Steve:

I never shoot handheld with a DSLR. There are just too many issues with jello and wave across the video. I have some kind of support system.

Yes, it is top heavy, and some support systems you can mount accessories. But, I prefer the top mount since I frequently am shooting on the fly and need to quickly switch between a tripod, portable support system, glidecam, slider, etc.

I do know there are some cage mount systems that look interesting. I haven't had the chance to try them.

Brent Dunn
Owner / Director / Editor
DunnRight Films
DunnRight Video.com
Video Marketing Toolbox.net

Sony EX-1,
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 7D
Mac Pro Tower, Quad Core,
with Final Cut Studio

HP i7 Quad laptop
Adobe CS-5 Production Suite





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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: How are you mounting your Zoom H4N?
on Apr 10, 2011 at 1:41:35 pm

Is this what you are looKing for? http://www.amazon.com/PEDCO-P-UCA-Pedco-UltraClamp-Assembly/dp/B000ABB4HC/r...

Depending on how you want to connect your h4n to your rig, there are tons of options.

Jonathan Ziegler
http://www.electrictiger.com/
520-360-8293


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