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Mark Salloum
Audio Recording on DSLR
on Apr 25, 2011 at 10:12:03 pm

I took the wonderful plunge last year into the DSLR world, but we used the camera (5d) strictly for creative scenes. This year we are filming entire events with the 5d and 60d. My questions relate to how to best capture audio into the DSLR cameras from several sources. It's always been easy plugging 2 mics into my JVC 700 with stereo channels, but not sure how to approach this beast with DSLR. What are you doing? Is there a quality difference (with audio) recording to the DSLR? Can you separate audio into different tracks on either the 5d or 60d? I have more q's, but will listen for now. Thanks in advance!


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Daniel Hughes
Re: Audio Recording on DSLR
on Apr 25, 2011 at 10:21:16 pm

Canon DSLRs have a horrible AGC so most prefer an external recorder like a Zoom H4N to capture audio, and synchronise in post by either using a clapper board or you can match the audio from the camera to sync with the H4N audio.

I would never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever recommend using DSLR audio input. Eueueugh.

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Jason Jenkins
Re: Audio Recording on DSLR
on Apr 25, 2011 at 10:36:12 pm

I'm using the JuicedLink DT454 XLR box. It has very clean preamps and I'm running the output right into my GH2. I'm actually recording better audio now than I was when using my HVX with built in XLR. I'm very happy with this system.

Jason Jenkins
Flowmotion Media
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Chad Johnson
Re: Audio Recording on DSLR
on Apr 26, 2011 at 4:51:25 pm

Depending on which camera you have or if you have magic lantern, you can get decent audio in the DSLR. 2nd system audio is better, but for simple stuff a preamp will greatly help you. The new MixPre-D will have mic level outputs specifically added for DSLR use, but there is also the JuicedLink stuff, and I have made a video about them - going into a Canon T2i with AGC defeated by magic lantern.

http://www.vimeo.com/21377410

Also there are the slew of Mini Shotguns that plug straight in. The Rode VideoMic Pro being the best due to it's 20db boost, that allows you to turn down your recording level and the hiss along with it.

http://www.vimeo.com/22739138

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Brent Dunn
Re: Audio Recording on DSLR
on Apr 26, 2011 at 6:19:01 pm

Zoom H4n has multiple inputs. You can then hook up the audio into your DSLR. But, your Zoom audio is much better than the camera.


Zoom also makes a multitrack recorder for around $500 for even more options.

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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Audio Recording on DSLR
on Apr 26, 2011 at 9:53:48 pm

Depending on how adventurous you are with your camera(s), you can download and install Magic Lantern which will disable your AGC. I've used it. It works. I still prefer recording to an external source - my H4n. To improve overall audio when NOT using Magic Lantern, I use this: Audio Technica ATR-6550 Video Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone - Works nice for getting better camera audio then sync up with PluralEyes in FCP.

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