So I bought a Canon t3i, and the video quality is fantastic. The problem is that the audio options are awful. You can't monitor the audio while shooting, and if you plug in an external microphone it is only recorded on the left channel, leaving the right channel blank. Also no matter what mic you put into this thing the audio is always outrageously fuzzy. I was just wondering if anyone could suggest a VERY CHEAP camera or audio recorder that I could use to just record the audio with. Mini DV will do fine, as long as it can record audio without a hassle.
Do you prefer your Zoom to your juiced link box Tim ???? ................. just out of interest.
Understand that the juiced link requires no matching up of audio with visual in post like with the zoom/s.
Appreciate that is not a major difficulty with the clap technique you mentioned a while back
Just interested to know which you prefer or what situations are best suited to each (which I appreciate is probably why you have both).
Which would you choose to capture the audio for a interview (indoors) ???
I suppose you put in a mono mic? Have you tried any stereo mic so that left and right channel are being used?
Let me know if that works!
The Juiced link is basically giving my Camera the facility for better audio in - it has XLR inputs and a preamp and records onto the camera. This is what I use with my shotgun, either mounted on the camera or on a boom. I have also tested it (but not used it) with my Sure SM58 (a dynamic mic, favoured by rock bands/soundies since stone age times). One advantage is that I can change the levels with a knob, which can be very useful.
The Zoom is useful for capturing stereo ambient sound and is also useful in that it is inndependent from the camera. A common use is to hook it up to a lapel mic and drop the unit into the pocket of the speaker - much as one would with a wireless system. The advantage over wireless is less chance of interference. the disadvantage (and it's a big one) if you can't monitor the sound so you have to set it accurately to begin with and remember to put it in "record" mode!