Better audio recording tips for DSLR filming. – DSLR Film NOOB

or copy the link Recording audio can be one of the most important things you can do for your work. One of the first things I recommend for new DSLR shooters is an XLR splitter: By splitting the audio output of your microphone, you can record 2 different volume levels at the same time. This is very handy if you don’t have time or the extra help running your field recorder. If one audio level peaks you can always switch to the second channel audio in post. Another Very handy item is the Zoom h4n remote control: This gives you a very basic audio read out and allows you to start and stop the zoom h4n with out having to reach forward and operate it. I recommend adding Velcro to the back of your remote so that it can be mounted on or near your camera. Equipment used in this video: Canon 7d & t2i Canon 35mm f1.4 Lilliput field monitor CPM film tools mounting parts Sennhieser G2 Wireless mic system


Rachel Catallo Russak says:

thx for the tips!!

monzavideo says:

You want your audio to match. Use the same mic for both. If you use a lavalier on camera sit the person down for the naration.

monzavideo says:

The ME 80 is a great Mic. Television news crews used them for years. I got great results. Make SURE the capsule is screwed on to the power supply 100%. Static and hiss I found came from either low battery or a bad connection. Sennheiser also makes a ME 20 and ME 40. They fit that power supply along with the excelent MKE2 lavalier.

DesigningNCoding says:

what microphone r u using at the time of this recording

videosmithlaguna says:

I purchased a Seinhauser ME80 for my Canon 60D at home.and I really love the deep, rich . I purchased the Hoya XLR to mini stereo. I also put a battery in the shotgun because I know that the Canon has no phantom power. I shot some video and all I get is hiss. I tried another xrl mic on the Hoya and it worked fine. The Seinhauser works good to in a pro video camera to. Why am I getting the hiss and no audio. I can see the audio levels in the preview mode.

TannySM says:

can you send directly the audio signal coming out of the h4n to a DSLR. Thue recording the audio directly to the CF card of a DSLR.

atr8126 says:

should i use the zoom to record in stereo mode or stereo mode with monomix on or the multichannel mode when recording more than one actor? also do i have to move the zoom on the pole to point it at actors when they speak rotate it during dialouge ?

Rod Sparks says:

that part at the end was creepy

DIYCameraGuy says:

The one time I didn’t use a splitter is the time I needed it. Go figure

peteagassi says:


kb24crazylaker says:

what kind of mic is best for a commercial where the person talking may not lways be on screen

onelonedork says:


thebiketube says:

Can you record from one DSLR input to two audio tracks with the H4N. I know you can do it with the Marantz PMD661, but just wondering.

Aquinoamigo says:

so what if i plug the 3.5mm plug from the slr to the audio interface headphone output?

Aquinoamigo says:

is there a way of recording sound coming out from my studio monitors to my 60d

CommiePinko101 says:

would each of the two channels through that XLR splitter be in mono ? and would it work with the Line-out from a mixer desk in live music venue ?

onelonedork says:

A better mic can help. I have a Sennheiser MKH 416 that does a great job, but it’s pretty pricey.

KRProductionsUNK says:

Right. But will a better mic help with that? I just have a cheap I right now. Wondering if I should upgrade and if you have suggestions.

onelonedork says:

Film in a quieter room. If you have fans, air conditioning, or running appliances they can add noise to your recording.

KRProductionsUNK says:

How to you remove so much of the static background noise. I have an h4n and mine sounds terrible with background noise.

bubba johnson says:

I got the splitter so if using the H4N how do I connect to my DLSR? What other connects do I need? Thanks

VisorBlue says:

With Mono Mix you’re getting the same signal to both channels without separate control of the channels. With the splitter you can control each channel separately which allows you to lower the input volume on one channel to cover for spikes, etc.

samananda2010 says:

its great…….

qap15 says:

If you are using the H4N, what would be the advantage of using the splitter while you can just override the single levels by using the INPUT function in the menu and then using the inbuilt function MONO MIX “ON”?

buzby333 says:

thanks for taking the time to reply – really appreciate it 🙂

onelonedork says:

You can use the battery or 48v phantom power. As long as things are wired correctly hooking up 2 48v phantom power sources in this manor will not double the voltage. If you parallel two equal voltages current capacity will go up but voltage will remain the same.

buzby333 says:

when using an ntg2 with this technique, should i use battery or phantom power? i just called my local music store to buy a splitter and the guy said that if im using 48v phantom power then the splitter will double the voltage going into my zoom … ?

kawaiichibiz says:

One of those remotes looks like it would pretty useful…

EsauGarnelo777 says:

Or you could just normalize and compress the audio in post….

bbbballis says:

Thanks. What’s an example of a passive mic? I’m wondering about splitting one mic to go to my Canon HV20 and the other to either a mixer or a computer interface or an H4n. Do you see any problems with that?
Thanks again.

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