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  • Audio capture with Sony camera question

     Frank Miller updated 3 months ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
  • Frank Miller

    November 30, 2020 at 12:20 am


    Not sure if my question belongs here or in the Sony forum… I’m happy to move it, just let me know…

    I’m a still photographer turning videographer. So I get lighting pretty easily but my audio knowledgeable still pretty rudimentary.

    I’m using a Sony A7rIV and up to now recording my main audio to a Zoom H4. Put them together in plural eyes, and it all works.

    Would I gain anything if I used an xlr adapter and brought in the audio directly?

  • Bret Hampton

    November 30, 2020 at 1:34 am


    Camera audio is almost never as good as external recorders. They’re 16 bit whereas Zoom and others can record 24bit.

    Also better to stay XLR all the way. If you convert to miniplug it may not ground properly without right adapter and you can pick up audio hum.

    However always record on the camera so you can easily sync later.

    Using Premiere you don’t need Plural Eyes. PP can sync using Multicam

  • Ty Ford

    November 30, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Frank, Bret is pretty right about the camera audio, but there are a few exceptions. I got a JVC ENG camera some years back. I bought it after hearing that the BBC had ordered 500 of them. I thought that was pretty good vetting. To my surprise, the audio in that camera, JVC HM650 is actually quite good. I’ve gone right to camera with two Schoeps CMC641 and been very happy.

    Ty Ford

    Cow Audio Forum Leader

  • Frank Miller

    November 30, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for all of your replies – much appreciated!


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