Improve that Poor DSLR Audio

David Richards (Above) throws up this cool little video that explains a bit about Audio on DSLR's. He's using the Panasonic GH1 in this video.

It's no secret that DSLR's with it's built in microphones don't do much for quality audio. Even with special microphones connected to the input of the camera, the DSLR's lack the ability to manually adjust Gain levels. (until new firmware). Now if you're working with long lenses to get that awesome Depth Of Field, you're really putting yourself further from the subject and the audio will really suffer. Here's two of my personal favorite items that go with me on every shoot.

The Rode VideoMic is a cheap but quality solution to getting a more focused pickup from your subject. This tool doesn't work well without being able to adjust the audio gains, so you'll need to double it up with the most popular Portable Recorder for DSLR filmakers - the Samson Zoom H4n. Together this combination of tools will get you high quality Audio on the cheap.

4 thoughts on “Improve that Poor DSLR Audio

  1. Hi guys looking to get either a Canon 60D or 7D and looking at best way to get sound. Most video will be of school plays / shows / and speech competitions in our school hall (bad lighting, poor acoustics). Some video work will also be 'walkabout' documenting what is going on in the school etc. I was looking at the video mic PRO but am interested in the Zoom H4n now... Any advice please on 1) 60D or 7D - keen on 7D but no audio level adjustment (until possible canon firmware update) and no foldout LCD (though some good options here for a DIY job:-) Majority of work will actually be still photos so faster shot speed and better autofocus of 7D a bonus. Advice 2) on Video Mic Pro or Zoom H4N? While most video will be static in the hall would still like the option of having on the camera for when I go walkabout. Can the Zoom be mounted to the camera? Can you fit a dead cat to it? I assume you can plug mics directly into the Zoom as well as capturing background sounds? (is that how the tracks work?) Can the zoom plug into the camera so the sound is dumped onto the video to minimise post prod work? Any advice or comments greatly appreciated (plus any alternatives I may have overlooked) :-) Cheers!

  2. Garyn

    The Tascam DR-100 is a much better product than the Zoom H4n. It's only a little bit more but has many characteristics that make it a superior product. First of all a separate line out and headphone out. 2 Line in volume dials to reduce excess noise instead of the click buttons on the zoom. The big things is the rechargeable battery. When the rechargeable battery dies, it switches to the AA's automatically without interrupting the recording. Also, it's Tascam. Tascam has been making recording equipment for a lot longer and is much more reliable.

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