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  • Audio Tracking with DSLR Camera

    Posted by Charles Meyer on June 15, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Hi my esteemed list-mates,

    I’m not sure exactly where to post this?

    If this is not appropriate would you please share any good video/audio related forums for video creation?

    I’ve got a DSLR I record with that doesn’t have a headphone jack to check for audio sound so I’m interested in what other video creators have used as work-arounds.

    Thank you so much.

    saumax buttler replied 1 year, 10 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • John Fishback

    June 15, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    My suggestion is to use the double-system approach as is/was used with film cameras. The camera records the visual and a separate audio recorder is used for the audio.

    A slate with a clapper is used at the head of every take and occasionally at the end of a take (tail slate) to sync the audio to the video.

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    Be sure to also audibly slate each scene and take so you can identify the audio takes in post.

    In the edit, you look for the point where the clapper just closes and that’s the point where you align the audio of the clap. Here’s an excellent detailed explanation of the process.

    There are many portable audio recorders available. Search for “Zoom audio recorder” and “Tascam audio recorder.” Both are well-respected recorders.

  • Charles Meyer

    June 16, 2021 at 2:22 am

    Thank you, John, Appreciate that.

    We have lavaliere mics (2) we mic up our subjects for interviews so we’re thinking we could get an HDMI to VGA adapter with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and just hook up the headphones that way?

  • Ty Ford

    June 16, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Hello Charles and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.
    In looking at your link, the cuxnoo shortie may be the one.
    It’s cheap enough to try. Please let us know how/if it works!

    Ty Ford
    Cow Audio Forum Leader

  • Charles Meyer

    June 16, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Ty, Thank you for sharing your much appreciated thoughts. What informs you this would be the best choice for the Canon DSLR M50? Thank you!

  • Charles Meyer

    June 22, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Ty,

    I got that adapter…

    but the HDMI on this adapter is regular size so it wont fit the micro (?) HDMI on the Canon. Is there some kind of a male HDMI adapter that would fit this adapter on oen end to the Camer’s micro HDMI and on the other end will fit this apparently “female” HDMI” on the other end?

    Thank you!

  • saumax buttler

    July 13, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    By capturing the sound separately with a high-quality Tascam recording device, you can achieve the sound quality of professional film – because even there, picture and sound are usually recorded separately. That way, your next Youtube video or holiday movie might already sound like it was recorded in a studio. Unlike your digital SLR camera, Tascam recorders either already contain a good microphone or have XLR connectors to which you can connect expensive studio mics. In combination with low-noise preamps and many functions (depending on the model), which also simplify the subsequent editing and synchronisation of video material and audio tracks, you are well prepared for first-class results.

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