i am sure this has been answered before, but i am currently using a Rode NTG2 (yes it has power) as a scratch mic and it works great. i just had to enable audio in the menu. I struggled for a while trying to understand what would/would not work for audio.
I did my first commercial shoot yesterday with a Scarlet-X. As an FYI, I've owned a recording studio and have been a music producer for years before turning to cinematography, so I know audio and have equipment that most here wouldn't to reference/mix/master audio files.
During the shoot, the audio was fed to the camera by a Sound Devices MixPre-D field mixer (xlr out to mini mic 1 jack) with a Rode NTG3 shotgun mic. I usually back up everything, so I had the MixPre-D send another audio feed to a Zoom H2n's line input jack (so to be clear, I'm not using the H2n's preamps but the Sound Devices MixPre-D preamps which are much better and cleaner). I've done this many times with multiple HDSLRs with stellar results.
Let me just say that I am GLAD I had a backup for this shoot. For some reason, the Scarlet-X audio files have a noticeable pulsating hum in the background whereas the H2n .wav files are pristine. I spent about 2 hours on set changing settings on the Scarlet-X to no avail. At first I thought it was the fan noise being too close to the Rode NTG3, but then when comparing the files captured by the Zoom, these didn't have this noise, so it seemed like an internal camera issue causing this hum. To clarify, the hum is not loud, but it is noticeable.
Unless someone can pinpoint something I'm doing wrong, these built in audio/mic jacks and their respective preamps in the Scarlet-Xs are sub-standard imho, and should not be your primary capturing device for commercial audio.
Hi Greg, I was also trying to figure out how to get some basic audio into the camera without going crazy with various attachments and or equipment. Basically I wanted to see if I could just run with some of the stuff that I used with my DSLR. I also have a Rode Videomic, and that's why your post caught my attention.
So here is what I did. I went to radio shack and picked up a 1/8" stereo to 1/8" mono adapter and plugged my Rode Videomic into it. Then I built a little bracket that attaches to the top of the scarlet (held in place by the screws that hold the monitor) and allows the videomic to be mounted off to the side a bit away from the camera itself.
Granted it's not perfect, but it works for run and gun shots and or just want reference audio.
Thanks for that jeff!
I didnt see this reply until now. I also modified mine using the top handle. I got a dumb hot shoe mount from B&H and screwed a 1/4 inch thread in. Works a treat.
Hi Marcos, I have found that if you don't set the Epic's level to 30dB will get this "rotating, pulsating, electronic" sound. Very frustrating but for the moment I'm getting good results. I miss the Red One's audio, which was bulletproof. I'm sure we'll get there, took a while for the R1 as well.
Just in case anyone missed this - here is a quick mode to make the RODE VIDEOMIC PRO working with Scarlet/Epic directly...:
Same mod should work with many other models - if you can "get in"...
I tried doing this for audio...in camera the settings work.
I can hear the audio fine, I'm using my Sennheiser mke400
But in Redcinex when I pay the clip, there is no audio..how can i tell if the reference audio worked?
Or do I need to use premiere pro? Im a FCP7 user so I help there is a work around so I can hear my audio
Appreciate the help! ;)
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