Great audio options for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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We just highlighted Philip Bloom's tutorial on converting Canon EOS 5D Mark II video from 30p to 24p – and now, we'll highlight some recent posts/videos on audio with the 5D mk ii. And there are a couple of really good informational posts to show off!


Philip's second major contribution to learning about the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is: “How to record sound with the Canon 5dmk2 and a great plugin for Final Cut for audio syncing” – this really is a MUST READ article if you're wanting help on audio. Go read it now, we'll wait here for you to come back.

Ok, now that you've read it, we'll summarize a bit:

There are several ways to record audio, but one of the best ways is to use a new device from Zoom called the H4n (link goes to Amazon – purchasing thru this link supports planet5D). It looks like a pretty cool device!

So, how do you get the external audio sync'd up with the video? Normally a pain, but this plugin that Philip found does the work for you! Philip says “Check out this great plug in for FCP from Singular Software …it’s called “Pluraleyes” and it automatically syncs audio and video clips for you without the need for timecode! I does cost $149 so not dirt cheap, but it is affordable, and don’t forget you don’t have to spend ages synching everything up, and time is MONEY!!”

Philip pointed us to the same video from Zacuto that will be covered below.

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Next, Rob Galbraith also pointed us to a Zacuto (one of our sponsors!) “video primer on digital SLR “double system” audio” – which interestingly points to the same new device highlighted by Philip Bloom, the Zoom H4n for recording audio externally from the 5D mk ii.

Advanced Sound for DSLR's from Steve Weiss, Zacuto USA on Vimeo.

Steve Weiss invites Dave Schwarz, Nick Barbieri and Jeff Beaumont to discuss how to get the best sound with DSLR’s in this video.

“The real sign of an indie project to me is in the sound”. Steve Weiss, product designer, Zacuto USA.

On a quest to discover a successful way to of doing double system sound that was also inexpensive and worked well with DSLR’s Steve found the personal handy recorder by Zoom, the H4n. This device includes onboard condenser stereo microphones, XLR combo input jacks and delivers phantom power.

After a lively discussion on the best practices for sound recording, the guys run the H4n through a variety of set-ups to emulate the possible scenarios that take place in the field. Scott Lynch presents a full demonstration of how to sync the H4n audio with footage from the 5D MarkII. To find out more information or to purchase the H4n and related Zacuto mounting products visit:

So, with this information and the and the FCP plugin it looks like you can create a great video with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and have great audio to go along with it!

Now, where's my steadycam?

(Photo credit: snap from the Philip Bloom blog post showing part of the zoom H4n)


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  2. I have 5D and am thinking about getting the H4n, but Idon’t have final cut pro, how can I sync it using Imovie?

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