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Stephen Hogg
Scooting the Americas! Advice wanted on our sound rig.
on Jul 24, 2012 at 12:46:10 pm

Hey guys,

A friend and I are about to embark ona 29,000km scooter ride from Alaska to the bottom of Argentina. We will be filming our trip with a Panasonic SD700 (like the TM700), a handful of GoPros and a Canon 550d with Magic Lantern firmware. We aren't sure what we will do with our footage when we are done but we would like to get the highest quality we can with what we have. We will be filming all aspects of our trip including riding, landscapes, interviews etc.
We would like some advice on how to get the most out of our sound equipment, an area that we aren't as confident in. So far in our kit we have 2 x zoom H2n field recorders, a Rode VMP (we will probably try and get another), and a couple of crappy lapel mics (we will probably upgrade).
We will try and utilize the H2n as much as possible to keep the sound recording off-camera, when we do this which recording mode would be recommended? When we need to record on camera we will use the Rode VMP plugged straight in with AGC disabled (magic Lantern allows this on the 550d). When we are riding we will probably have our H2ns plugged into our helmet walkies so we can record some dialogue. Again, when using the H2n and an external mic like a lapel, what mode would be best for recording? If anyone has any thoughts on how we could better utilize our equipment we would love to hear your thoughts. If you'd like to take a look at our trip plans, check out, it should be a real blast.

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