Re: Canon T4i/650D Manual Audio Controls Settings for the External Mic / Audio Recorder???
In reply to ProtoPhoto, 4 months ago
I have recently purchased a Rode VidoMic (though now I am thinking that why I didnt went for the Pro version due to its size and the additional +20dbs frequency option though the videos on youtube that really praised that +20dbs thing have used it with Canon 5D Mark III not with Cams like T4i or T3i etc.) and a Tascam Dr.07 Markii to use with my T4i/650D.
Really want to know how to tune/configure the Audio controls of the T4i/650D in best possible manner to get the best of both devices and how the both devices can be used for best audio.
What is your game plan with the external recorder, and why the DR-07MKii?
I work with two Canon Vixia camcorders (M52 & M41, analogous to the T4i in the Canon camcorder lineup), each with a DM-100 shotgun mic on top, and then an external recorder with mic for the primary audio. Generally, if you are using an external recorder, the point is that the external recorder has both the best mic and the best recording quality. My attached video mics are good for backup, audience and synching, it gives me the option to mix the three sound tracks in processing.
Also, there is no substitute for good audio software. I use Audition CS6 as part of the Adobe Master Collection, and it can do some amazing stuff in terms of cleaning up sound.
You might want to think about the Tascam DR-40 instead, it has XLR audio inputs and allows for more pro quality microphones. I had one, returned it, regret it, and will likely get another in the next month or two.
As an alternative and sticking with your setup, use the Rode with the Tacam, so you combine your best recorder and mic, use the built in stereo on the 650D for backup and synching. And learn to get good with synching while editing, audio waveforms are actually better for precise synching than the audio itself.
The game plan is very simple - a guy in late 30s who always wanted to become a movie maker though never had the chance (due to his own fears and doubts) finally gave up everything, getting hold of Canon 650D/T4i + Rode VideoMic +Tascam Dr-07 MarkII + two cheap tripods + few books on movie making + video course by Dave Dugdale (Youtube guy) on 650D/T4i video Making + two pairated videos on DSLR Movie Making in the quest to learn this craft and see how far I can go if its not too late for me to learn and master this art at my age where usually people reach to the heights of their profession.
I was going for Tascam Dr-40 though I felt that Dr-07 MarkII is a newer model (ok a bit lower level) and in the first year or two it will do the work for me smoothly and also thought that hopefully soon Dr-40 would be replaced with a newer model that will be much thinner and smaller in size.
I honestly havent touched the editing (both video and audio) side yet, got a laptop with reasonable specs on which I will be using Sony Movie Studio (Sony Vegas needs powerful machine).
I really want to learn from people like you who are doing this every single day while feeling happy about it so yeh please do give me good advice and suggestions.
Really thanks for the post, I do appreciate it.
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