Recording audio with your video DSLR, Part I

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Friend of planet5D Juan Pons (Wild Nature Photography) sent in this article he's written on recording audio with your HDSLR.

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” I have talked to many folks about how to best record sound when shooting with a Video DSLR, and have experimented quite a bit as well. In this article I will share with you the system that I am now using and which I find is producing great results for me.
Let me first state that if you are serious about your videos, you should be serious about sound; and if you are serious about sound, you should NOT rely on the built-in sound recording capabilities of the current crop (as of Feb, 2010) of video DSLRs. This includes the Canon 5D Mark II, 7D & 1D Mark IV. Please note that I do not have first hand experience with the Nikons, but from what I have been told the situation is similar.”

Please read the entire article!

(Photo credit: snap from Juan's article)



  1. Assuming this guide does not eventually cover the use of an external preamp and the magic lantern firmware, I would say that it’s fairly limited in scope.

    Jon Fairhurst’s broad test of audio options for the 5D2 showed that the best quality (in inexpensive options) resulted from the juicedlink preamp and in camera recording.

    Great video:

    1. Thanks for posting this Ben. I was just about to do the same.
      While I have an H4n, I use Magic Lantern and a Juiced Link pre-amp to get my audio under control when shooting with my 5D.

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