Zoom H4n Direct Audio Line into DSLR Audio Setup
When you are shooting video with your DSLR Camera, are you recording audio separate and then trying to sync audio and video in post? If so, STOP, because there is a way to monitor your audio while capturing it directly into your DSLR so you don’t have to record it separate and sync it in post.
Check out this video from SilvaStreet talking about a great solution DSLR Audio Recording.
Why do you record your audio for DSLR on an external audio recorder? The typical answers include:
- I want to be able to monitor the audio while shooting
- The AGC (Automatic Gain Control) in my DSLR messes the audio up
The set up described in the video above solves those problems and I think it is the best audio for DSLR solution.
What Video Gear will I need for DSLR Audio Recording and Simultaneous Audio Monitoring?
The following items are exactly what I use multiple times a week to record DSLR audio with my Canon 60D.
1. Zoom H4n (external audio recorder DSLR)
2. A Headphone Spliter (Male 1/8″ (3.5mm) to Dual Female 1/8″ Splitter Patch Cable) OR (Decrescent 3.5mm Jack Plug Headphone & Speaker Splitter Audio Adaptor)
(either will work)
4. You will also need some headphones to monitor the audio (I currently use and travel with Beats Solo Headphones). That is all you need to do the DSLR Audio Recording as shown in the video.
Other Gear I use for a clean and professional Set Up.
I use a few pieces of gear to mount the Zoom h4n and the Wireless Lav Reciever on top of my Canon 60D. The camera on the right is a 60D on a Manfrotto tripod. Click HERE to see every piece of gear used in the picture. The picture is of a 2 camera shoot with a 30mm lens and 50mm lens. Tweet me HERE if you want any details.
Here is what I use:
Will the final audio into the DSLR be lower quality that the high quality digital recordings of the Zoom H4n?
Yes. But you can have the best of both worlds.
- Simply set up your Zoom h4n to capture whatever high quality file formats you want.
- Get your DSLR set up as described above.
- Then start recording on your Zoom h4n right before you start recording on your DSLR.
- You will then end up with an audio file from your Zoom H4n and a video file with the audio embedded from your DSLR.
This is a good method to use in case your settings are off and the audio on the video file is compromised for some reason. This is also great in case your want to later use the high quality audio file from the Zoom h4n if you need it.
Bottom Line: Save time by not having to sync DSLR audio in post and achieve great audio quality on every shoot.
This DSLR Audio Recording set up allows me to monitor my audio during shoots and saved me the time of having to sync up audio in post. I highly recommend it.
Thoughts, Questions and Feedback?
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P.S. You will need to make sure your DSLR Camera has manual audio control. The 5D Mark III, 60d, T3i, T4i amd T5i all come standard with manual audio control. The 7D and and 5D Mark II gain manual audio control once you install the firmware update. And the T2i can get manual audio level adjustment by installing Magic Lantern.