So, how do you monitor audio without a Headphone Jack?
We often fault camera manufacturers for creating cameras without headphone jacks, but you still have some options!
This is a brilliant little tutorial from Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter explaining several different ways (many I've never thought of) to attach headphones to cameras that don't have a headphone jack but yet you still want/need to monitor your audio.
What kinds of tools do you use? Are there methods Caleb didn't put in his video? Sound off in the comments.
Monitor Audio Without a Headphone Jack
Do you have a camera without a headphone jack? Today we will cover some options for monitoring audio without a headphone jack on any camera. All these solutions will work for most cameras including the very popular Sony a6500/a6300 and Panasonic G85.
Option 1: Use a monitor Any HDMI monitor with a 3.5mm headphone jack will work. Here is the monitor I showed you on Amazon: geni.us/dc50 Also consider the amazing SmallHD Focus Monitor: youtu.be/bL0WnYT–l0 Or check out my video on budget monitors: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta-9z…
Option 2: HDMI Dongles Using one of these HDMI to VGA adapters will give you a 3.5mm headphone jack. First dongle I showed on Amazon: geni.us/gwAU3Z3 Small HDMI dongle on Amazon: geni.us/zQrq To get the smaller dongle to work with the camera, I used an HDMI adapter which you can find here on Amazon: geni.us/paJS8z
Option 3: Preamp/Audio Adapter You can find my review of the preamp adapter I talked about here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGSpU…
Option 4: Audio Recorder Simple setup here. Mic to recorder, monitor with the headphone jack. I really dig the Zoom H1 if your on a budget, otherwise I really love the MixPre-3 with you can find on Zoom H1 Recorder on Amazon: geni.us/h1recorder MixPre-3 on B&H: www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc…
Option 5: Audio Recorder To Camera Hook you mic to the recorder, your recorder to your camera AND headphones. When editing, use the camera’s audio UNLESS something went wrong in which case you have the backup on your recorder.
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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)