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What kind of audio device would you suggest?! [R]

9 months, 2 weeks agoHybridCamRev posted submission on Filmmakers.
Jan. 5, 2019

I was interested in making a short film, lets say like 2-5min type short (Indoor).

what kind of audio device would be best:

- Shotgun Mic (Rode, Trakstar)
- Digital Recorder (Zoom, Tascam)

- or any other other suggestion

thanks in advance.

9 months, 2 weeks agoHybridCamRev posted comment on Filmmakers.
Jan. 5, 2019

u/redkoala64 - it depends on your budget, but your best entry-level bet would be a $249 professional XLR mic (not a Rode or a Takstar) on a $38.99 boom connected to a $189 Zoom H4n Pro external recorder with $8.99 XLR cable, monitored with $74.99 Senal SMH-1000 studio headphones and synced to your video in the editing suite.

If you can't afford that, get a $249.99 Zoom F1-SP combination shotgun recorder and put it on the boom.

This is the way it is done in Hollywood, but it is labor intensive and requires a skilled boom op.

You might also want to invest in a book on the topic before spending a lot of money on gear. I recommend Ric Viers' Location Sound Bible.

In any case, avoid putting the mic on the camera. In most cases, the camera will be too far away to give you decent sound.

In addition to dialogue, you should record room tone and ambience for every scene to make sound editing easier and your product more acceptable to your audience.

Audiences will put up with underexposed, shaky video - but you will lose them quickly with static, unintelligible dialogue or distracting background noises.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with your film!

I have $2500 for my new production company I work for, shooting high quality content for brands. I already have canon lenses which i plan on keeping, thinking about jumping ship to a different body, Suggestions? [R]

1 year, 8 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
Feb. 8, 2018
1 year, 8 months agoHybridCamRev posted comment on videography.
Feb. 9, 2018

/u/MetaFeltcher - if I was setting up a video production company with a $2500 budget, I would invest in a professional Super 35 camcorder instead of a still camera.

In your price range, you might want to look at the [$2495 4K JVC GY-LS300] (https://adorama.evyy.net/c/60286/51926/1036?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2Fjvgyls300.html).

This camera comes with a $500 gift certificate you can use to get a [$399 Metabones smart adapter] (https://adorama.evyy.net/c/60286/51926/1036?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2Fmbefm43bt2a.html) for your Canon glass.

Included in the price of the LS300 are dual card slots, a top handle with a mic mount, a power zoom rocker for "[prime zoom] (https://youtu.be/0Eq4_hPzQPc)", a built-in factory LOG profile, a built-in IP encoder for streaming and 120 fps slow motion at 1080p - in addition to standard pro camcorder features such as XLR inputs, SDI out and ND filters.

These are features you won't find built into most still cameras. In fact, you would have to pay extra for them.

Here it is shooting narrative:

Here is the more general image quality it can produce:

Slow Motion

Corporate/Documentary/Interview

Travel/Vlog

Wedding

Here is the image quality this camera can produce with the [new 4K/60p upgrade] (http://pro.jvc.com/pro/pr/2017/nab/gyls300inferno.html) and a [Ninja Inferno] (https://www.amazon.com/Atomos-Ninja-Inferno-Recording-Monitor/dp/B0723BJBQ1//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20):

I have shot with this camera and it did a great job - but it is not perfect.

It has a tiny viewfinder, and it records to an 8-bit 4:2:2 codec - but in your price range, it is the best value for money Super 35 camcorder you can buy.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with finding the right camera for your production company's needs.

Overwhelmed and a bit lost with the amount of audio options. Seeking suggestions for a mic setup [R]

1 year, 11 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
Nov. 5, 2017

I currently have a Panasonic Lumix G7 and looking for a good quality starter audio kit. I've been lurking and reading for about a good year but seem to have gotten nowhere within the vast amount of options and being set on one setup only to read another post saying how it is actually a bad choice.

What I am looking for is something to do basic vlog-like videos with some reviews. Oh also some podcast but that's another journey. I'm hardly outdoors, mostly just inside with 1 or 2 people. I have a budget of around $250 and I do plan on upgrading the audio first in the future.

1 year, 11 months agoHybridCamRev posted comment on videography.
Nov. 5, 2017

/u/Cosmicintoxication - with a ~$250 audio budget, I recommend a [$229 Azden battery powered pro XLR mic] (https://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) with a [$20.95 Hosa MIT-156 XLR to 3.5mm adapter/attenuator cable] (https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-MIT-156-Impedance-Transformer-inches/dp/B00FC4YR58//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20). You can get started on improving your audio by plugging it straight into the camera.

I have [done this with my Audio Technica AT835b] (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOUx7VoB6rYSJBePptn2bKcrWgADQTmwSvZeGN114CgVFtUoSNzgE79kaXMfJkiJw/photo/AF1QipP6lZ7DlPH8uTNlE55N4SZgDU6HJXT9mEThNjUh?key=QkFlY1NSSUI1ODFVMUhxc0hWdTNoVnluNzh2V0V3) (which is longer and heavier than the Azden), and it works very well.

Later, you can upgrade to a pro XLR camcorder and plug the Azden directly into it.

If you start with a non-XLR setup (e.g. a Zoom H1 and a 3.5mm consumer mic), you'll just end up putting it on the shelf when you upgrade to XLR.

I started with the H1 and an Azden SMX-10 - they have been gathering dust on the shelf for years.

If you start with the SGM-250, you can prevent this 'planned obsolescence' problem and save money in the long run.

Gear recommendation - $2000 [R]

2 years, 2 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
Aug. 10, 2017

A buddy and I run a dog training business and we are looking into creating some instructional and promotional videos for our training services. As the most camera savvy member of our team ( I like to shoot nature / landscapes with a pentax DSLR) I have been tasked with picking out gear. We have a budget of about $2000 and I figure we need a camcorder, shotgun mic, lavalier mic, and a couple of lights / stands.

Here is what we are trying to accomplish. We are trying to make 3 types of videos.

  1. 3 to 5 minute training tip videos to place on our facebook and youtube pages and a few short promo videos for our website. Most of these will be a single trainer and a dog in an outdoor, natural lit setting.

  2. Longer training videos for us getting new trainers up to speed, potentially 20 to 30 minute with multiple people / dogs in a variety of settings.

  3. Custom training videos for clients and dog training classes. Shot in various locations but no more than 1 or 3 people / dogs in each shot.

Ideally we would want a pretty mobile setup that doesn't take a ton of time to setup for each shot and is pretty flexible to move with our subjects (trainers / dogs).

This what I was thinking so far.

Camcorder - JVC GY-HM170UA, is 4k overkill for what we are doing?

Shotgun Mic - Rode, not sure which one

Not really sure what lighting or stands/steadicam would be good or necessary.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

2 years, 2 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
Aug. 11, 2017

/u/KFun123 - for what you're doing, the HM170 is fine, and 4K is not overkill - but I would get a camcorder with a larger sensor.

Instead of the small sensor HM170, I recommend a [used Panasonic AG-UX90 4K camcorder for $1425] (http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60286/51926/1036?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2Fus%2520%2520%2520%2520874592.html) - with its 1" sensor and a 90 day warranty from Adorama. I also recommend the [$229 Azden SGM-250 shotgun mic] (https://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) as a better value for your money than the Rode NTG-2. You'll also want a set of pro headphones. I recommend the [$74.99 Senal SMH-1000] (https://www.amazon.com/Senal-SMH-1000-Closed-Back-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00ASWZO6U//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) for its replaceable cable.

The UX90 has built-in XLR mic inputs, so you don't need an external recorder - and you won't need to sync your audio in post.

Here is the image quality this camera can produce:

UX90

Hope this is helpful and good luck!

Audio question involving whether to use Rode Videomic Pro or getting an upgrade? [R]

2 years, 3 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on Filmmakers.
July 2, 2017

Hey!

So I've been making silent short movies for a while and I've finally decided to make narrative fiction films with dialogue. I won't lie when I say this but I'm absolutely clueless with audio/sound component involving microphones and all.

I have a friend who owns a Rode Videomic Pro and she's willing to lend it to me. I've read people telling me to buy a boom and a Zoom H1 for the Rode to film. This is my cheapest option. Now, I'm unsure if the audio quality will be sufficient for short films?

If not, I do have a budget of $380USD that I can spend on getting a new recorder, microphone and so on.

Would you advise me in using a Rode Videomic Pro + H1 and later on upgrading to better audio or splashing some cash and getting better equipment off the bat?

2 years, 3 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
July 3, 2017

> ...what about these 2 other options I'm also considering. Would they also have the same issue?

No, they would not. But a $269 mic and a $199 recorder will cost you more than your $380 budget.

In any case, the [Azden SGM-250] (https://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) is a better value for your money than the [Rode NTG-2] (https://www.amazon.com/Rode-NTG2-Condenser-Shotgun-Microphone/dp/B00093ESSI//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links].

Its specs are as good as the Rode's for $40 less, plus it comes with a hot shoe shock mount, something you'd have to buy separately with the Rode. Nice review [here] (https://youtu.be/8FfftoGqCTM).

Again, hope this is helpful!

Audio question involving whether to use Rode Videomic Pro or getting an upgrade? [R]

2 years, 3 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on Filmmakers.
July 2, 2017

Hey!

So I've been making silent short movies for a while and I've finally decided to make narrative fiction films with dialogue. I won't lie when I say this but I'm absolutely clueless with audio/sound component involving microphones and all.

I have a friend who owns a Rode Videomic Pro and she's willing to lend it to me. I've read people telling me to buy a boom and a Zoom H1 for the Rode to film. This is my cheapest option. Now, I'm unsure if the audio quality will be sufficient for short films?

If not, I do have a budget of $380USD that I can spend on getting a new recorder, microphone and so on.

Would you advise me in using a Rode Videomic Pro + H1 and later on upgrading to better audio or splashing some cash and getting better equipment off the bat?

2 years, 3 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
July 3, 2017

/u/jubileo5 - putting a Rode Videomic Pro on a boom and recording to a Zoom H1 would certainly be better than plugging a mic directly into your camera - but the VMP's unbalanced output is susceptible to radio frequency interference (RFI) and noise over long cable runs. [This] (https://youtu.be/jo5HhfIUSP0) is why balanced output carried over balanced cable is better.

That's why I recommend a pro XLR mic with balanced output, balanced XLR cable and a preamp for your camera to give you cleaner sound.

Here's the parts list [Referral Links]:

For less than $380, this setup will give you a mic with better frequency response and higher signal-to-noise, less susceptibility to RFI and clean audio recorded directly to your camera without the need to synchronize an externally recorded track in post.

You might also want to download a copy of Ric Viers' [Location Sound Bible] (https://www.amazon.com/Location-Sound-Bible-Record-Professional-ebook/dp/B00ATOUXBI//ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20). It will help you to understand audio better, select the right equipment (or hire the right sound professional) - and save you a lot of money in the long run.

Best shotgun mic that can also be used as a boom mic? [R]

2 years, 3 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
June 24, 2017

Hi /r/videography,

I'm in the market for a shotgun mic for usage on my FS5. But I'd also like the option of using it as an overhead boom mic where needed. I was considering either the Audio Technica AT875R or the Sennheiser MKE600.

I do a lot of corporate and business promotion videos. I was personally leaning towards the AT875R because its smaller form factor would be a better fit for my compact FS5 when I'm doing run-and-gun shoots. But I don't mind going with a bigger mic if it means it'd function better as a boom mic. Any suggestions on a shotty/boom?

2 years, 3 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
June 24, 2017

/u/UtilityPole - the [$229 Azden SGM-250] (https://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) costs $80 less and is 6mm shorter than the [$309.74 MKE 600] (https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MKE-Camcorder-Shotgun-Microphone/dp/B00B0YPAYQ//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20).

It also has better frequency response (20-20,000Hz) than either the AT875R (90-20,000Hz) or the MKE 600 (40-20,000Hz).

The SGM-250 is a great on-camera or boom mic. Nice review from Curtis Judd [here] (https://youtu.be/8FfftoGqCTM).

Hope this is helpful and good luck with finding the right shotgun mic for your needs!

Gear Advice: Upgrading/replacing Sony PMW EX1 - what to go with? [R]

2 years, 4 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
June 7, 2017

I'm looking to get a new camera to upgrade from my Sony PMW EX1, but I'm not sure what to go with. The PMW EX1 suits my needs perfectly but is becoming unreliable with age.

I primarily shoot live theatre performance, so zoom and low light performance are key for me. In addition, I also do interviews in a studio setting. I want it to be capable of 4k so I'm not behind the times. (Also, not sure if this is too pertinent, but I do all of my editing in Premiere Pro.)

Budget would ideally be between $2,000-3,500, but I am willing to consider going to $4,000.

So far I was looking at the Sony PXW Z150, but I'm afraid this would not work as it's low light performance and it's optical zoom doesn't seem anywhere near the EX1.

Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated. Apologies if any of this is formatted wrong as this is my first time on this subreddit. Thanks in advance, everyone!

2 years, 4 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
June 7, 2017

/u/gypsy113 - if you want 4K theater performances that look like [this] (https://youtu.be/ouGvWcCQ2iA), you might want to consider a large sensor, interchangeable lens camcorder such as the [$3295 (with 4K/60p Atomos Inferno recorder) JVC LS300] (http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60286/51926/1036?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2Fjvgyls300c.html) and a power zoom ENG lens with a B4 to micro 4/3 adapter like [this one] (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icepff3=2&pub=5575034783&toolid=10001&campid=5337235943&customid=&icepitem=172669484986&ipn=psmain&icepvectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg) - plus a [12v power supply and hirose cable] (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icepff3=2&pub=5575034783&toolid=10001&campid=5337235943&customid=&icepitem=171515937553&ipn=psmain&icepvectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg) to power the lens.

[Here] (https://vimeo.com/194181072) it is with a Canon J17ex7.7 B4 power zoom at 720p in a poorly lit concert setting.

[Here] (https://youtu.be/Ovdo0aJuP9I) is a daylight power zoom test with a FUJI A19x8.7 SD ENG lens.

Here it is in an interview setting:

Here are more examples of the image quality it can produce:

Musical Performance

Slow Motion

Narrative/Experimental

Travel/Vlog

If you want to keep up with the times, this camera's Super 35 sensor, 4K/60p output and interchangeable lens mount will help you do it.

Hope this is helpful and good luck finding the right camcorder for your needs!

GH5 vs A7sii. Ok, but what other cameras should we be seriously considering in that price range? [R]

2 years, 4 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
June 4, 2017

If you've seen my recent posts on here, you know I'm about to do my first big camera upgrade. Now, for the most part on here, all I see are the GH5 vs A7sii debate. Granted they're fantastic cameras, but I was just reading about the C100, which I never even knew existed previously. So I'm curious, what other cameras (in roughly the same budget range) should I seriously be considering as well.

2 years, 4 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
June 4, 2017

Unless you really need a still camera, I recommend this [$3295 JVC LS300/Atomos Ninja Inferno bundle from Adorama] (http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60286/51926/1036?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2Fjvgyls300c.html).

Like the GH5, the [LS300 (combined with the Atomos) can produce 4K/60p] (http://pro.jvc.com/pro/pr/2017/nab/gyls300_inferno.html) - but, unlike the GH5, the LS300 has the built-in ND filters, Super 35 sensor, factory LOG profile and built-in XLR inputs of a real video camera (no screw-in filters, Speedboosters, V-LOG upgrades or external XLR adapters/recorders required).

Here is the LS300 as a travel/vlog camera:

Interview

Musical Performance

Slow Motion

Narrative/Experimental

I am a long-time GH4 shooter, and I have shot with both the GH5 and the LS300 - unless you really need a still camera, a pro camcorder that doesn't need a bunch of still camera accessories might be the best choice.

Hope this is helpful and good luck finding the right camera for your needs!

Is there anything that beats the C100 in its price range? [R]

2 years, 9 months agoDec. 25, 2016

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2 years, 9 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
Dec. 26, 2016

/u/srroberts07 - instead of the [$4899.95CDN 1080p C100 Mark II] (https://www.amazon.ca/Canon-C100-Cinema-Camera-Pixel/dp/B00XYWZIR6//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=hybrcamerevo-20), you might want to consider a [$3599.95CDN 4K JVC GY-LS300] (https://www.amazon.ca/JVC-GY-LS300-4KCAM-Handheld-Camcorder/dp/B00WXRP6EI//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=hybrcamerevo-20) [Referral Links].

The FS5 suggested by /u/novawreck and /u/tncmf would be even better - but, sadly, it is well above your budget limit at almost $8000CDN.

The LS300 records at full DCI 4K, UHD, 2K and 1080p (up to 120 fps for smooth slow motion) - while the C100 Mark II is limited to 1080p.

[Here] (https://youtu.be/J4FDn8YX4Ao) is why you want to shoot at 4K in 2016. And [here] (https://youtu.be/kIf9h2Gkm_U) is why material originated at 4K looks better on a 1080p monitor than material originated at 1080p.

In addition to standard camcorder features such as built-in ND filters, XLR inputs, dual card slots and a factory LOG profile, the LS300 has many other important features the C100 Mark II lacks (e.g., SDI out, built-in IP encoder for [live streaming] (https://youtu.be/Y3oYNy47yYo), power zoom rocker with [prime zoom] (https://youtu.be/0Eq4_hPzQPc)).

And here is the image quality the LS300 can produce:

Narrative

Corporate/Commercial

Music Video

Live Event

4K with LOG Gamma on Vimeo

4K LOG Gamma on YouTube

4K Non-LOG Gamma on YouTube

This camera is not perfect. It has a tiny viewfinder and LCD, so you'll probably need to buy an EVF - and, although it has 4:2:2 chroma subsampling, it is still an 8-bit camera.

But for less than $4000CDN, it is the most flexible large sensor, interchangeable lens 4K Super 35 camcorder on the market - and will give you 4 times the resolution of the C100 Mark II.

Hope this is helpful, good luck with finding the right camera for your needs and best of the holidays to your and yours!

Best Camera in the $1-$2.5k range? [R]

2 years, 10 months agoDec. 22, 2016

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2 years, 10 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
Dec. 23, 2016

Thanks for the shout out, /u/professionalnothing

/u/VillainousYeti - in addition to the 1080p C100, you might want to take a look at a [$2499 refurb'd 4K JVC GY-LS300 with a 3 year factory warranty] (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icepff3=2&pub=5575034783&toolid=10001&campid=5337235943&customid=&icepitem=152314309470&ipn=psmain&icepvectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg) plus a [$99.99 electronic adapter] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01324WKAS//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) for your Canon glass [Referral Links].

[Here] (https://youtu.be/J4FDn8YX4Ao) is why you want to shoot at 4K in 2016. And [here] (https://youtu.be/kIf9h2Gkm_U) is why material originated at 4K looks better on a 1080p monitor than material originated at 1080p.

In addition to standard camcorder features such as built-in ND filters, XLR inputs, dual card slots and a factory LOG profile, the LS300 has many important features the C100 lacks (e.g., SDI out, built-in IP encoder for [live streaming] (https://youtu.be/Y3oYNy47yYo), power zoom rocker with [prime zoom] (https://youtu.be/0Eq4_hPzQPc)).

This camera records at full DCI 4K, UHD, 2K and 1080p (up to 120 fps for smooth slow motion) - while the C100 is limited to 1080p.

Here is the image quality the LS300 can produce:

Narrative

Corporate/Commercial

Music Video

Live Event

4K with LOG Gamma on Vimeo

4K LOG Gamma on YouTube

4K Non-LOG Gamma on YouTube

This camera is not perfect. It has a tiny viewfinder and LCD, so you'll probably need to buy an EVF - and, although it has 4:2:2 chroma subsampling, it is still an 8-bit camera.

But for less than $3000, it is the most flexible large sensor, interchangeable lens 4K Super 35 camcorder on the market - and will give you 4 times the resolution of the C100.

Hope this is helpful, good luck with your upgrade and best of the holidays to your and yours!

Camcorder vs DSLR? [R]

2 years, 11 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
Nov. 21, 2016

Hey r/videography.

Getting into doing youtube video's for clients. Typically interview type / sales pitch / corporate video.

Interior, well-lit, preplanned videos.

What do you think would be the better tool and why?

Thinking of something along the lines of this https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1142844-REG/panasonic_ag_dvx200_4k_integrated_lens.html

or am I better off with a GH4?

Thanks!

2 years, 11 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
Nov. 21, 2016

/u/Yorkmiester - both have their pros and cons. Still/video compromise cameras such as the GH4 (which is a DSLM, not a DSLR) give you creative lens options and produce great images - but lack ND filters and have amateur audio inputs, single card slots and still camera ergonomics - making them a challenge to use in a production environment.

Fixed lens camcorders such as the DVX200, on the other hand, have built-in ND filters, video camera ergonomics, pro XLR mic inputs and dual card slots - but their fixed lenses can limit your creative options.

Instead of the GH4 or the [$3795 (after mail-in rebate) DVX200] (http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60286/51926/1036?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2Fpcagdvx200.html), I recommend a large sensor camcorder with interchangeable lenses that combines the best of camcorders and interchangeable lens cameras - the [$2795 (after instant rebate) JVC GY-LS300 4K Super 35 camcorder] (http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60286/51926/1036?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2Fjvgyls300.html).

The LS300 has a "Hollywood sized" Super 35 sensor (larger than the DVX200's) - plus pro XLR mic inputs, focus peaking, a histogram, a factory LOG profile, SDI out, unlimited recording time with dual card slots, 120 fps slow motion at 1080p, full 4K resolution, a 150 mbps max bit rate, an 8-bit 4:2:2 codec and a power zoom rocker with a "prime zoom" feature that turns your prime lenses into power zooms (as seen [here] (https://youtu.be/0Eq4_hPzQPc)).

This camcorder also has a micro 4/3 mount - which means you can put just about any lens on it.

Nice mini-review [here] (https://youtu.be/LNysgtLnjCk).

Here are some examples of TV/corporate videos produced with this camera:

In my view, the LS300 is the perfect marriage of the large sensor DSLR/DSLM camera and the traditional camcorder.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with your decision!

Just want to shoot some short vids [R]

3 years agoHybridCamRev posted submission on Filmmakers.
Oct. 4, 2016

Please forgive me if this is inappropriate for this sub.

I'm a creative guy. I do some graphic design, take pictures, sing, cook... Definite right-brain guy. I do some work for a business owner and we've decided we need some 30s-1 min videos to promote some products. Most likely will end up on social media and YouTube.

I've got a decent entry-level DSLR camera that can shoot 1080p and I've got Adobe CC, but I don't have any dedicated audio equipment. I read the audio FAQ section, but I'm not ready to sink a ton of money into something that may not develop into anything more than three or four video snippets.

Are there budget friendly condenser mics that can get me started? Can I record directly into Audacity on a laptop ? I want these vids to have a nice look and sound, but I'm not shooting Schindler's List, you know?

Thank you kindly for any insight or suggestions.

3 years agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
Oct. 4, 2016

/U/TremontRhino - as a minimum, I recommend a [decent $229 pro XLR mic] (https://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20), a [$25.99 LyxPro TMS-1 Tripod Boom Floor Microphone Stand] (https://www.amazon.com/LyxPro-TMS-1-Microphone-Adjustable-Foldable/dp/B01BPBKQ9C//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20), a [$5.44 boom adapter] (https://www.amazon.com/Stage-MA100-8-Inch-Female-Adapter/dp/B0007Y60HG//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20), a [$5 XLR cable] (https://www.amazon.com/CBI-MLC20-Microphone-Cable-Foot/dp/B000VJJQUU//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) and a [$199 preamp] (https://www.amazon.com/Saramonic-SR-AX107-Channel-Transformer-Adapter/dp/B00SSLCON4//ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links] to clean up your DSLR's noisy internal preamp.

You may find this video from Wistia helpful:

And here's a nice review of the Saramonic preamp from DeeJay Scharton at DSLR Film Noob:

With this setup, your audio will be better than most of the folks you see on YouTube.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with your videos!

Has anything replaced the Rode VideoMic Pro as a decent affordable shotgun microphone? [R]

3 years, 1 month agoHybridCamRev posted submission on Filmmakers.
Aug. 30, 2016
3 years, 1 month agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
Aug. 30, 2016

/u/aLightUmbrella - it depends on what you mean by "decent". At pretty much the same price point, you can get a [$229 Azden SGM-250 professional XLR mic] (https://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) with a [$17.75 impedance matching cable] (https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-MIT-156-Impedance-Transformer-XLR3F/dp/B00FC4YR58//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) and get better frequency response and less noise than a [$229 Rode Videomic "Pro"] (https://www.amazon.com/Rode-VMPR-VideoMic-Rycote-Shockmount/dp/B00YAZHRZM//ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links].

Plus, you can keep the SGM-250 when you upgrade to an XLR recorder or you want to put your mic up on a boom and run a long cable.

If you buy a Rode 3.5mm mic, you may end up selling it (or putting it on the shelf) when you upgrade.

Hope this is helpful!

Buying the first mic: Rode VideoMic or Smartlav+? [R]

3 years, 1 month agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
Aug. 28, 2016

Which one would you choose to start your gear?

3 years, 1 month agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
Aug. 28, 2016

If budget permits, I recommend a [$229 Azden SGM-250] (https://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) with a [$17.95 impedance matching cable] (https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-MIT-156-Impedance-Transformer-XLR3F/dp/B00FC4YR58//ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) as your first mic over any Rode consumer mic.

This mic has better frequency response and less noise than a Videomic - and you can keep it when you upgrade to an XLR recorder or you want to put your mic up on a boom and run a long cable.

If you buy Rode 3.5mm mics, you may end up selling them (or putting them on the shelf) when you upgrade.

Hope this is helpful!

How can I improve my gear? [R]

3 years, 3 months agoJune 29, 2016

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3 years, 3 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
June 29, 2016

/u/Cory_Dinkel - with a $500 audio and lighting budget, I recommend:

Audio

[Azden SGM-250 shotgun mic - $229] (https://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1467238656&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Azden+SGM-250&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20)

The SGM-250 costs less than the [$269 NTG-2] (https://www.amazon.com/Rode-NTG2-Condenser-Shotgun-Microphone/dp/B00093ESSI/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) and comes with a shock mount and hot shoe adapter - which will cost you extra if you buy the Rode.

Here's a review from Curtis Judd:

And a side-by-side test with the NTG-2 from emm at Cheesycam (the Azden is Mic 2):

Here's the promo video from Azden:

In my view, this mic is very competitive with the NTG-2 for a lower price.

You may also need a [$1.95 OnStage MA100 3/8" male to 5/8" female adapter] (https://www.amazon.com/Stage-MA100-8-Inch-Female-Adapter/dp/B0007Y60HG/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) to connect the SGM-250's shock mount to your pole.

Lighting

This setup will cost you a total of $560.94 - and would be a very good value for your money.

That said, if that's too much of a stretch for your budget, you might want to consider the [$134.50 Julius Studio 3 x 216 LED kit with barndoors and carrying case] (https://www.amazon.com/Julius-Studio-Barndoor-Continuous-Lighting/dp/B0189TA68O/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) instead. Battery powered - and not as much light as the 576 LED kit - but you can take this one out on location - something you can't do with the more expensive AC powered setup (unless you have a generator).

Hope this is helpful and best of luck with your audio and lighting upgrades!

EDIT: Corrected spelling

best shotgun mic for sony ax 100 camcorder? [R]

3 years, 4 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
June 10, 2016

hello,
what is the best shotgun mic for my ax 100? I need a better mic for my youtube videos. thanks!

3 years, 4 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
June 11, 2016

For a little over $300, you can improve your audio quality significantly with:

With proper mic placement (about 24 to 30 inches from your talent), this setup will give you better audio quality than most of your competitors on YouTube.

Hope this is helpful and best of luck!

What's your Sound set-up on your DSLR ? [R]

3 years, 4 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
May 27, 2016

I have a GH4 and I'm looking for a little inspiration for a setup for good audio. I'll be shooting Weddings and documentary style footage so ideally I'll want something with two channels of audio, one for a lav mic/boom and one ambient. I havent bought a cage yet either for my camera as I want something that will be easy to work with that will complement the audio set up whatever that may be so any advice there too would be great (something reasonably priced too). I'm leaning toward a Zoom H5 or somehting similar and a Rode video mic pro as they seem popular. Pictures of your setups too would be much appreciated :)

3 years, 4 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
May 27, 2016

/u/Videoeggraphy - [Here] (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMpYDyhIdAc-MWVzqKq5sagkk5YEVTIgf0PhBKSnUKqXvw9-5ZGgCyO6zYFh_Zg/photo/AF1QipOty54YgN-Oj1f7xIdG8J-VjsPGn8oSk5XS1p-y?key=SDhvTFZCUjNkOTF0YTBSUWVGNWk5U2JyNDI3Zk1R) is a picture of my GH4 setup with a Tascam DR-60D on a pistol grip.

[Here] (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOgKwiFTpLgsA4Cm5iw0eaD9odAZLfs1VNbNNCGJ-9G-GFdoG6wZoLWfY-Oiheu6A/photo/AF1QipPSbitplQSDSjteqj3-IS0bTwAMeCdqjYS1J5Nk?key=S3hiSUl4ZWVfQm91VUhydUpyaGtPX20ycVdiUS13) is the same setup with my old GH2 and a used Audio Technica AT835b pro mic with balanced XLR output.

That said, I would avoid the VideoMic "Pro" (VMP) because of its unbalanced consumer output.

Unbalanced output from consumer mics is subject to RF interference over long cable runs.

If you ever want to put your mic on a boom to get it closer to your subject ([here] (http://wistia.com/learning/choosing-a-microphone) is why you would want to do that), this can be a problem.

The XLR output from a pro mic, on the other hand, will be balanced - and less susceptible to RFI and noise.

Plus, just about any comparably priced, phantom-powered professional mic (such as the Azden SGM-250) will give you better performance than the VMP, e.g.:

  • 77 dB of signal to noise (compared to the VMP's 74 dB)

I would avoid the H5 as well. Zoom does not publish frequency response or signal to noise numbers for the H5 either on its [specs page] (https://www.zoom-na.com/products/field-video-recording/field-recording/zoom-h5-handy-recorder#specs) or in the "Specifications" on page 114 of the [Operation Manual] (https://www.zoom.co.jp/sites/default/files/products/downloads/pdfs/EH50.pdf), as far as I can tell.

And buying a separate external recorder will force you to spend time (and perhaps money on synchronizing software) matching audio and video tracks in the edit suite.

Instead of either the VMP or the H5, I recommend you start out by mounting a [$229 Azden SGM-250 pro mic (with its free hot shoe mount)] (http://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1464388512&sr=8-1&keywords=Azden+SGM250&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20&linkId=a92cc70a65c273113c4d791ec07f0962) on your camera and connecting it to an affordable external preamp such as the [$199 Saramonic SR-AX107 Two Channel XLR Preamp] (http://amzn.to/1mTc8Co) with a [$9.30 1.5' XLR cable] (http://amzn.to/1PpOggE).

The Saramonic's frequency response is 20Hz to 20kHz and its signal to noise ratio is a respectable 85dB at 1kHz (from the Specifications tab on the [product page] (http://www.saramonicusa.com/products/sr-ax107)).

With this setup you can record clean audio directly to your camera.

This will save you a lot of time in the edit (no need to sync your video with audio from an external recorder).

If I had it to do all over again, I would buy the Saramonic AX107 instead of my Tascam.

Hope this is helpful and best of luck with improving your audio!

Microphones for live rock music? [R]

3 years, 5 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
May 20, 2016

Planning on getting the Tascam DR60mkii soon and am wondering if anyone knows of any microphones to plug into it and throw on top of my G7 that would be especially good at getting good audio from a loud punk rock band.

3 years, 5 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
May 20, 2016

> A mic on top of the camera would not be my preferred way to tackle this kind of thing (or most things, for that matter).

This.

/u/-Defy- if you have to put a mic on top of your camera, my vote would be for a [$229 Azden SGM-250] (http://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20).

The SGM-250 is battery powered, so it won't drain your Tascam's batteries - and it comes with a shock mount so you won't have to buy one separately.

All you need is the mic and a [1.5' XLR cable] (http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60286/51926/1036?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adorama.com%2FHOXFF1015.html), and you're ready to go.

Hope this is helpful!

Looking for help on equipment to make sketches for YouTube/Vimeo [R]

3 years, 10 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
Dec. 18, 2015

Good afternoon folks,

I've never purchased a camera or any film/audio equipment (unless you count the Flip I bought in 08... ugh).

So I've been writing and experimenting with shorts with other people's cameras and it's time I got my own stuff and made some mistakes. I plan on shooting comedy sketches 3-5 minutes in length and putting them up on Youtube or Vimeo.

Looking around people are saying the camera buyer's guide is outdated so here's where your more current knowledge is invaluable.

Budget: $1000 (or so)

What I know (think) I need: Camera, Tripod, Audio stuff

I saw the Sony RX100 camera in the buyers guide and it lead me to this video which wasn't totally offensive so that's where I'm leaning to. The $450 price tag is tempting.

I don't know the first thing about audio or tripods. Do I need audio equipment? Do I need expensive audio equipment?

For anyone with the patience help a brotha out.

3 years, 5 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
May 14, 2016

Glad to help. I'll try to answer your questions one at a time.

> ...the basic set up involves connecting the boom to the camera. Is that normal? Do most film set ups work that way?

It depends on the budget and what level of quality you want in the final recording. Hollywood and most theatrical productions record to a separate recorder and synchronize audio and video in the edit.

In documentaries and TV news, the microphone is sometimes plugged directly into the camera. This works when the camera has decent internal preamplifiers - but for DSLRs and consumer mirrorless cameras, this is often not the case.

Low budget filmmakers overcome this with high quality external recorders and preamplifiers.

> What's the alternative? Say if I need to shoot too far away; What can the mic connect to?

Again, it depends. If budget permits, you can use a wireless mic. If not, you can hide a recorder in the scene or dub the dialogue in the edit.

> Any suggestions on boom mics? I amazoned boom pole to start. Are there any benefits to spending more for boom poles?

It depends on your budget. The mic I usually recommend is the [$229 (with free shock mount) Azden SGM-250] (http://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20). Combined with a [$38.99 boom pole] (http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PMKSB06-Microphone-Telescoping-Extending/dp/B011FOMA02/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20), a [$5 XLR cable] (http://www.amazon.com/CBI-MLC20-Microphone-Cable-Foot/dp/B000VJJQUU/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) and a [$20.95 impedance matching adapter/cable] (http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-MIT-156-Impedance-Transformer-XLR3F/dp/B00FC4YR58/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) you can plug the mic directly into your camera and get better results than you would from mounting the mic on the camera.

As a next step, you might want to invest in an [external preamp] (http://www.amazon.com/Saramonic-SR-AX107-Channel-Transformer-Adapter/dp/B00SSLCON4/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) (review [here] (https://youtu.be/NTCEBzxN0zI)) to compensate for your camera's noisy internal preamps.

Again, hope this is helpful!

Keep Audio-Technica AT8024 or sell it and buy a Rode VideoMic Pro? [R]

3 years, 5 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on Filmmakers.
April 25, 2016

So I recently purchased a Lumix G7 and it came with a free Audio-Technica AT8024, which is a great deal considering the mic retails for $249. However, the only camera-mounted microphone I ever see mentioned around, especially here, is the Rode VideoMic Pro. I also can't seem to find very much info on the AT8204, let alone comparisons between it and the VMP.

Does anyone know enough about the AT8024 and Rode VMP to recommend one over the other (or at least list some pros and cons for each)? Should I also consider and Azden SGM-250 over the other two?

In case it matters, the type of films I plan on shooting are some amateur narrative shorts and maybe some documentary-ish stuff. I am very much a beginner (but I'd still prefer the best my limited funds can get).

3 years, 5 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
April 25, 2016

/u/_yeast - congratulations on the new camera!

There's not enough difference between the AT8024 and the VMP to make it worth the trade. They are both consumer mics with unbalanced 3.5mm output (if you put either of them on a boom and run a cable back to your recorder or camera, they are both susceptible to RF noise).

For that reason, I recommend you keep the Audio Technica until you can afford a real pro microphone with balanced XLR output such as the [$229 SGM-250] (http://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) - which is exactly the same price as the[ $229 VMP] (http://www.amazon.com/Rode-VMPR-VideoMic-Rycote-Shockmount/dp/B00YAZHRZM/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) (one caveat: you'll need a [$20.95 Hosa MIT-156 impedance matching transformer/adapter] (http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-MIT-156-Impedance-Transformer-XLR3F/dp/B00FC4YR58/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) to plug a pro XLR mic into your camera) [Referral Links].

The real answer for decent sound is to get the mic off the camera and closer to your talent with a [$34.99 mic boom] (http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PMKSB06-Microphone-Telescoping-Extending/dp/B011FOMA02/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) and a [$3.61 CBI XLR cable] (http://www.amazon.com/CBI-MLC20-Microphone-Cable-Foot/dp/B000VJJQUU/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20). And if you want to eliminate the noise from your camera's internal preamps, you should also invest [$199 in a low noise external preamp] (http://www.amazon.com/Saramonic-SR-AX107-Channel-Transformer-Adapter/dp/B00SSLCON4/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) or [$218.60 in an external recorder] (http://www.amazon.com/TASCAM-DR-70D-4-Channel-Audio-Recorder/dp/B00OY6718K/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links].

Hope this is helpful and best of luck with your shorts and docs!

What are some types of microphones to use for filmmaking on my iPhone 6s? [Question] [R]

3 years, 6 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on Filmmakers.
April 16, 2016

I'm going to be filming my first serious short film and want a somewhat professional mic or boom mic. I'm using my iPhone 6s for the camera quality, a steadicam, an anamorphic adapter and some other stuff. My last thing I need is a nice mic, got any tips? Thanks!

3 years, 6 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
April 16, 2016

/u/spiiierce - it really depends on your budget. If you have someone to swing a boom, and budget permits, you can record decent audio to camera with a [$229 Azden SGM-250] (http://www.amazon.com/Azden-SGM-250-Professional-Powered-Microphone/dp/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20), a [$38.99 Pyle PMKSB06 Shotgun Microphone Fishing Boom Pole] (http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PMKSB06-Microphone-Telescoping-Extending/dp/B011FOMA02/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20), a [$26.46 iRig PRE XLR to TRRS preamp with phantom] (http://www.amazon.com/IK-Multimedia-iPhone-Android-Devices/dp/B007534LFK/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&qid=1460860136&sr=8-1&keywords=iRig+Pre&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) and a [$5 20' XLR cable] (http://www.amazon.com/CBI-MLC20-Microphone-Cable-Foot/dp/B000VJJQUU/ref=aslisstl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links].

[Here] (https://youtu.be/V-_I5bJPEFg) is the promo video for the iRig PRE.

This setup should give you decent sound for less than $300.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with your film!

Microphone for Lumix FZ300 [R]

3 years, 7 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on Filmmakers.
March 3, 2016

I'm looking for a microphone to use with my FZ300.

First of all: My usage will be outdoor footage of hunting and fishing, so wind will likely be an issue. Price range 200-250$.

I'm currently looking at the Røde mics, and I've found some used Pro shotgun and Stereo Pro at an reasonable price.

I need to it to be fairly lightweight and not to large, and of course compatible with the FZ300 hotshoe. it would also be nice if it powers itself. And it must handle fairly rough use without bumping around creating the irritation "thud" and "bump" sounds while walking in rough terrain.

The VideoMic Go was my first choice, but I'm concerned about the sound quality and it eats battery of the camera. Now I'm considering the VideoMic Rycote or the Pro. The Rycote shock absorber seems awesome though...

Are there any others which can be suitable for my usage and within budget?

Thanks in advance.

3 years, 7 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
March 3, 2016

/u/Rypskyttarn - for the same price as an unbalanced Rode Videomic Pro on the Lyre mount, you can get a battery powered [$229 Azden SGM-250 professional mic] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00XWG2YBW&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) with balanced XLR output. You'll need to spend an extra [$20.95 for an XLR to 3.5mm impedance transformer] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FC4YR58/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00FC4YR58&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links] to adapt it to your camera - but you'll get a much better mic for your money with balanced output, better frequency response and less noise, e.g.:

  • 20-20,000 Hz frequency response (compared to the VMP's 40-20,000 Hz)

  • 77 dB of signal to noise (compared to the VMP's 74 dB)

It will fit just fine on your camera. At 9.8", it is less than 3 inches longer than the Azden SMX-10, seen [here] (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOSh0GPky2Q_lqDVhL1IblUyvUp84wNkbtLOzDWqafELTpAc2OGDbAfdpajuJtfTw/photo/AF1QipOw1619tfmOSqwuIG0fffp8crdfNeZyL8shXzHk?key=aWIxQm9BbHZkTzNPN2xub01zT2VZclZCWm51UnpB) on my FZ150.

And if you ever decide to take the Azden off your camera and put it on a boom (in the studio or on the field), you can run 10 or 20 feet of balanced XLR cable back to the camera without worrying about the noise susceptibility of unbalanced 3.5mm cable runs.

[Here] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_audio) is an explanation of why balanced mics and cable are better.

Hope this is helpful and best of luck with your mic upgrade!

Looking for help on equipment to make sketches for YouTube/Vimeo [R]

3 years, 10 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
Dec. 18, 2015

Good afternoon folks,

I've never purchased a camera or any film/audio equipment (unless you count the Flip I bought in 08... ugh).

So I've been writing and experimenting with shorts with other people's cameras and it's time I got my own stuff and made some mistakes. I plan on shooting comedy sketches 3-5 minutes in length and putting them up on Youtube or Vimeo.

Looking around people are saying the camera buyer's guide is outdated so here's where your more current knowledge is invaluable.

Budget: $1000 (or so)

What I know (think) I need: Camera, Tripod, Audio stuff

I saw the Sony RX100 camera in the buyers guide and it lead me to this video which wasn't totally offensive so that's where I'm leaning to. The $450 price tag is tempting.

I don't know the first thing about audio or tripods. Do I need audio equipment? Do I need expensive audio equipment?

For anyone with the patience help a brotha out.

3 years, 10 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
Dec. 20, 2015

Looks like a great starter setup.

How much do you have budgeted for the mic? If you're going to put it on top of the camera, I recommend a [$229 Azden battery powered pro mic] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00XWG2YBW&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) with a [$22.95 XLR to 3.5mm transformer/adapter] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FC4YR58/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00FC4YR58&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20), not a Rode Videomic.

A pro mic will give you better quality sound straight out of the box and, when you do decide to put it on a boom, you won't get the RF interference you would get from running a consumer mic over a long cable.

Look forward to seeing your videos!

HCR

Need an audio buddy for Nikon D7000 - Rode or Zoom? [R]

3 years, 10 months agoHybridCamRev posted submission on videography.
Dec. 16, 2015

I'm an editor expanding into more regular camera work and am currently in the process of gearing up. I recently bought a used Nikon D7000 and am wondering what sort of audio gear would be best suited for it - I'm torn between the Rode VIDEOMICPRO and the Zoom H4 as they're both around the same price. I've worked with the Zoom before and like that it can take XLR if needed, as well as fitting it to the camera similarly to the Rode. Is there any benefit to the Rode I'm missing aside from the fact that it's a more focused shotgun mic?

Thanks in advance!

3 years, 10 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
Dec. 16, 2015

/u/smushkan has given you a very good answer on the disadvantages of camera mounted microphones.

I also agree with /u/Sherman14209 that Tascam makes better recorders than Zoom in this price range.

That said, here's why you should avoid both the Rode VideoMic "Pro" and the H4n:

Microphone

If you ever plan to put your mic on a boom and run a long cable ([here] (http://wistia.com/learning/choosing-a-microphone) is why you would want to do that), you should avoid consumer mics with "unbalanced" 3.5mm output, such as the Rode Videomic "Pro" (VMP).

Unbalanced output from consumer mics is subject to Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) over long cable runs.

The 3 pin XLR output from a real pro mic, on the other hand, would be balanced - reducing susceptibility to RFI and noise.

In addition, a pro shotgun mic (such as the [$229 (on sale) Azden SGM-250] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00XWG2YBW&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20)) will give you better performance than the similarly priced Rode VMP, e.g.:

  • 20-20,000 Hz frequency response (compared to the VMP's 40-20,000 Hz)

  • 77 dB of signal to noise (compared to the VMP's 74 dB)

If you decide to plug the Azden directly into the camera, you will need a [$22.95 Hosa MIT-156 XLR to 3.5mm transformer/ adapter] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FC4YR58/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00FC4YR58&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20).

Recorder

Instead of the H4n, I recommend the [$229 (on sale) Tascam DR-70D with built-in mics] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OY6718K/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00OY6718K&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) and a [$5 cable] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004G7Q53Y/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004G7Q53Y&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) to connect it to your camera.

If you get the Azden, and start out mounting it on top of the camera, you'll also need a [$6.90 cable] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001L9AVXU/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001L9AVXU&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) to connect it to the recorder.

With 4 tracks and 4 locking XLR inputs - this recorder also has best form factor in its class. You can mount it below your camera (as seen [here] (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOwlV2VLVFNWyzNeFzAkQSiG4LXclYs-mLWuBLnJbhNmMvRKNyTSvKUL54AKLbIA/photo/AF1QipML1s8TVA3Doq2HoOuTJQdtnPlesJJHZCOnWXw?key=cHlwV1VONzVRZThGT1VybVJYUThBQ0M0eC1zTnlB) with the older DR-60D and my GH2) rather than rigging it up on top of the camera with a cage or the hot shoe. (which is what you would have to do with the H4n).

Tascam also advertises the DR-70D's 20-40,000Hz frequency response (at 96kHz) and 92dB+ signal to noise ratio on its [specs page] (http://tascam.com/product/dr-70d/specifications/).

These numbers are not published for the H4n either on its [specs page] (https://www.zoom-na.com/products/field-video-recording/field-recording/zoom-h4n-handy-recorder#specs) or in the "Specifications" on page 147 of the [Operation Manual] (https://www.zoom.co.jp/sites/default/files/products/downloads/pdfs/EH4nSP0.pdf), as far as I can tell.

Even though I own the Zoom H1, I can't really recommend Zoom recorders until they start publishing their frequency response and signal to noise numbers.

Bottom line

If you can afford it, buy a mic and a recorder. If you can't, start with a high quality recorder that mounts below your camera and get a decent mic as soon as you can.

Hope this is helpful, good luck with your new video endeavor and best of the holidays!

Better NTG-2 for less price? [R]

3 years, 10 months agoDec. 13, 2015

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3 years, 10 months agoHybridCamRev posted on videography.
Dec. 13, 2015

/u/TheAquaSpaceCow - Azden has introduced a competitor to the NTG-2 at a lower price point - the [$229 (on sale) SGM-250 with shock/hot shoe mount included] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00XWG2YBW&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20).

Here's a review from Curtis Judd:

And a side-by-side test with the NTG-2 from emm at Cheesycam (the Azden is Mic 2):

Here's the promo video from Azden:

In my view, this mic gives you a mic that is very competitive with the NTG-2 for a lower price.

Hope this is helpful and best of the holidays!

Mic question. [R]

3 years, 11 months agoNov. 4, 2015

Rode video mic go or the Pro? for filmming. shooting outside and indoors. suggestions would be great if any one has else than these.

3 years, 11 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
Nov. 4, 2015

/u/Fayzann - If you plan to put your mic on a boom and run a long cable ([here] (http://wistia.com/learning/choosing-a-microphone) is why you would want to do that), you should avoid mics with "unbalanced" 3.5mm output, such as the Rode Videomic Pro (VMP).

Unbalanced output from consumer mics is subject to Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) over long cable runs.

The 3 pin XLR output from a real pro mic, on the other hand, would be balanced - reducing susceptibility to RFI and noise.

In addition, a pro shotgun mic (such as the Azden SGM-250) will give you better performance than the Rode VMP, e.g.:

  • 20-20,000 Hz frequency response (compared to the VMP's 40-20,000 Hz)

  • 77 dB of signal to noise (compared to the VMP's 74 dB)

You can get an [Azden SGM-250 with a free hot shoe mount for your camera and a balanced XLR output for $249] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00XWG2YBW&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20). With a [$22.95 Hosa XLR to 3.5mm line matching transformer/adapter] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002IAJ2O/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0002IAJ2O&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) to plug it into your camera, you'll pay only a few dollars more than for a [$249 Videomic] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YAZHRZM/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00YAZHRZM&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links].

Of course, you will also need [XLR cable] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000165DSM/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000165DSM&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) and a [decent shock mount] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KXQIU5S/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00KXQIU5S&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links] if you want to put the mic on a boom.

You might also want to do some reading. I recommend you download a [$14.99 copy of Ric Viers' Location Sound Bible] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATOUXBI/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00ATOUXBI&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Link]. It will save you a lot of time and headaches on the set and in post.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with improving your audio!

Looking for a good audio setup. [R]

4 years agoSept. 24, 2015

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4 years agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
Sept. 26, 2015

/u/orcawhalespencer - If you plan to put your mic on a boom and run a long cable ([here] (http://wistia.com/learning/choosing-a-microphone) is why you would want to do that), you should avoid mics with "unbalanced" 3.5mm output, such as the Rode Stereo Videomic.

Unbalanced output from consumer mics is subject to Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) over long cable runs.

The 3 pin XLR output from a real pro mic, on the other hand, would be balanced - reducing susceptibility to RFI and noise.

In addition, a pro shotgun mic (such as the Azden SGM-250) will give you better performance than the SVM, e.g.:

  • 20-20,000 Hz frequency response (compared to the SVM's 40-20,000 Hz)

  • 77 dB of signal to noise (compared to the SVM's 74 dB)

You can get an [Azden SGM-250 with a free hot shoe mount for your camera and a balanced XLR output for $249] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XWG2YBW/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00XWG2YBW&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20). With a [$23.20 Hosa XLR to 3.5mm line matching transformer/adapter] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002IAJ2O/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0002IAJ2O&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links] to plug it into your camera, you'll pay only a few dollars more than for an unbalanced [$248 Stereo Videomic] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I5W7K8/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000I5W7K8&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20).

Of course, you will also need [XLR cable] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000165DSM/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000165DSM&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) and a [decent shock mount] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KXQIU5S/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00KXQIU5S&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Links] if you want to put the mic on a boom.

You might also want to do some reading. I recommend you download a [$14.99 copy of Ric Viers' Location Sound Bible] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATOUXBI/ref=aslitl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00ATOUXBI&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20) [Referral Link]. It will save you a lot of time and headaches on the set and in post.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with improving your audio!

Best shotgun mic for $100-200 for my first few short films? [R]

4 years, 3 months agoJuly 13, 2015

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4 years, 3 months agoHybridCamRev posted on Filmmakers.
July 13, 2015

> ...the new Azden SGM-250 shotgun mic...is the best $250 shotgun mic we've ever used...

Thanks for sharing. I didn't know that Azden had stepped up its game in this category. Looks like a competitive sub-$300 shotgun mic - something Azden has not had before.

Interesting shootout [here] (https://youtu.be/Zqh9Fkkk0Q) between the new [AGM-250] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XWG2YBW/ref=asli_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00XWG2YBW&linkCode=as2&tag=battleforthew-20), the Rode NTG-2, the Audio Technica AT897 and the Sennheiser MKE 600. The test is a little biased (since it was posted by Azden) but still worth watching.