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Attaching directly to a camera

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Now one of the reasons why folks use the Zoom H4n, is that As you pointed out, we do lose sight sometimes of why

Attaching directly to a camera

Now one of the reasons why folks use the Zoom H4n, is that there were severe limitations on some of the early generations of DSLR style cameras. >> Yeah. >> Cameras have gotten pretty good sometimes. >> Well we have to sort of break this out into sort of two different sides of the equation. There's the first, there's the microphone part of the equation. And that hasn't really changed the whole lot on terms of sort of DSLR style Hybrid cameras. >> Right. >> But what has changed a lot, is the processing, the file formats, and the things we can do in software on these cameras are going to give us better audio quality.

At the end if the day in most situations. You're still stuck if you're using the camera natively with a couple of pricks in the plastic, and that's your microphone. But there's some new options out there that are really exciting. >> Well, for example, I could take my Olympus camera here and I can connect to the accessory port and hatch your adaptor. >> Yep. >> A dedicated audio unit. This is the microphone adaptor, the EM1 unit here. >> Uh-huh. >> External microphone and you know, it comes with a simple little, you know, shotgun style mic. This allows us to connect, in this case, a small stereo mic to the top of the camera and it's giving us some additional directionality on the side there.

And it works out well because it just gives us more audio to work with. And removes it from being right where the hand or other areas might cause some rub. But I often just pull that out, and just plug in our regular sort of microphone. >> Yep. >> And it's easy to get extension cables for these, and so you can make this as long as you need to, but now, you could run, and getting a mini-plug extension is super easy. I actually have three of them, so I can go about 40 feet. >> Yeah, the thing I really like about this is that it's essentially digital connection into the camera itself. I mean, obviously, it's an analog connection.

Here with the microphone but this is so nice. It's utilizing the hot shoe in a way that the hot shoe probably should be used. >> Yeah. >> You know there's that digital connection there. It's nice and compact. You don't have anything bigger hanging off the camera. Sure, you have a little cable management to deal with, but that's not a big deal. And it's a really unique thing that Olympus has done with the EM1. >> And to the same point, the Olympus camera and the GH4 do have some manual controls over the audio levels. The GH4 and the GH3 have this, they were outstanding. You really could see the view meters and fix it, and so in this case you've attached the newer version of the Rode mic as a shotgun mike.

>> Yes, this is a Rode video mic, much improved over earlier models because, this, mainly because sort of the durability of the shock here. Now of course this has been a tride and true method on DSLR Hybrid cameras for years. Attaching a, you know, a shotgun microphone like this to get better audio. Nothing has changed about that. Same way, you can still put a, you know, a Sennheiser, or a Rode. Whatever you want to do, put it up there, it's just sort of a eight inch right up to the camera. But some of the newer cameras, this GH4 included, not only do they give me true audio meters, let me turn off things like automatic gain control.

The real benefit on newer cameras, is that I can now record uncompressed audio. Which is great because we've in the past been limited because of card speeds and things of that nature, been limited to recording compressed audio. Usually AAC audio with H264 or maybe sometimes mp3 on a, on a camera and that's just no good for final audio. You talk to any Audio Mixer, they want uncompressed, it's clean as it can be audio to work with instead of starting with a compressed format. And that's really nice that a lot of the newer cameras, as you said, are doing that.

And, I think for both of these reasons, right, sort of the, sort of the direct digital attachments. Sort of the, what's going on in the software. As you pointed out, we do lose sight sometimes of why we went to a recorder this, you know, a recorder like this. >> Yeah. I think for some of you are like boy, it would just be so much easier to record directly in the camera. Well if you have a newer camera. That might be an option again. >> Yeah. Don't forget, depending on the type of direct attach mic you are using, you may need power. In this case this Rode mic has built in power to supply to the microphone. But if you are using a traditional video shotgun mic, that needs phantom power, you'll have to rely on external power, to power that microphone.

>> The important thing, though, is that you take control. You might need to use one of those splitter cables like I showed you so you can run the mic in and then hijack that jack to use as as a headphone jack. Or some of these newer connection options and better file formats go a long way. But, this isn't the end of the show because we got two other methods that are pretty cool. One is using your laptop. And the other is just taking a look at an extremely robust external unit that really takes a point and shoot or a DSLR or a micro four thirds camera, and gives it the audio processing power of a pro video camera

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  1. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  4. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  5. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  6. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
      46s
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  7. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  8. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  9. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  10. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  11. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      52s
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  12. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  13. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
      52s
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  14. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  15. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  16. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  17. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  18. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  19. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  20. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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