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Andrew Walker
Zoom H4n
on Mar 18, 2010 at 6:01:14 am

Hey- I'm a longtime lurker at creative cow, first time posting- excuse my exuberance.

thinking of investing in a Zoom H4n for a "Run and Gun" smallish shoot that I will be working on in the future. Has anyone here had any experience with it in a similar situation? Is there anything that would provide me more bang for my buck (in that general price range). I'm thinking using a shotgun most of the time, with the occasional pair of lavs together with the onboard mics for reference.
related question: I've heard that you can somehow bypass the onboard mics for an additional two inputs- has anyone tried this?

Thanks!


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Adam Troup
Re: Zoom H4n
on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:05:03 am

I did a bit of research when I bought my H4n but I found that for the money it is amazing. I have used an XLR shotgun mic combined with a lav in the 3.5mm jack which disables the onboard mics before, don't know about getting two in there though. I like it becuase it is really easy to use, has a nice big clear screen and the audio quality is great. I would recommend it.

Adam

http://www.inspirevideo.co.uk


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Bouke Vahl
Re: Zoom H4n
on Mar 19, 2010 at 6:09:34 pm

IMHO it sucks if you're doing anything else than just recording sound.
It sez it's a BWF recorder, but there is no way to sync it to anything, or let anything sync to it.

So without timecode, it's useless in a dual system shoot.

Just my opinion...



Bouke

http://www.videotoolshed.com/
smart tools for video pros


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Adam Troup
Re: Zoom H4n
on Mar 21, 2010 at 11:50:05 am

Here is some software that auto syncs audio within Final Cut and Vegas, if it helps, I am waiting for them to release a version for Premiere.

http://www.singularsoftware.com/pluraleyes.html

Adam

http://www.inspirevideo.co.uk


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Chandler Kauffman
Re: Zoom H4n
on May 4, 2010 at 4:00:08 am

I just bought one to sue with my 5D mark 2. Any tips on settings etc you use? I'll be cutting it in with footage and audio shot on the EX1 23.98fps
Thanks

Sony EX1
Canon 5d mark 2
FCP 6.06


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