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Offline flashyfingers

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video and audio recording gear and other tools?!
on: July 03, 2014, 03:21:06 PM
Hello all! There had been lots of discussions regarding recording audio and a little bit about video. Lets talk about and recommend stuff here!

My immediate question is about cam corders and video cameras. I have a small diaphragm condenser mic, and I would like to find a device that has an XLR input for external microphones, and of course, a decently priced one.

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Offline stevensk

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Re: video and audio recording gear and other tools?!
Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 06:10:26 PM
Im no expert on video, but it you have a condenser, I suspect you need phantom-feeding?
If so, I recommend a small mixer. From main out (on the mixer) to your computor (line in). Alternatively direct to a audiointerface and via usb to the mac/pc

Offline quantum

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Re: video and audio recording gear and other tools?!
Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 08:54:44 PM
Probably a more cost effective manner of using your good condenser mics with video is to record to two separate devices: an audio recorder and a video camera.  You would sync video and audio in post production.  Sync doesn't have to be expensive or high-tech (although it can be if you really wanted it).  Just clap your hands a few times before you play.  You could even make a DIY clapper board if you wanted.  In post production, you simply line up the clapping recorded from your condensers and the video cameras internal mic. 

You could get an adapter to fit XLR into the 1/8" plug typically found on many cameras.  However, the signal path will not be balanced all the way. 

For a camera with built in XLR you probably have to look at ENG or cinema cameras.
An example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_C100


My own take to balance both budget and quality is to use a DSLR with video capability.  It gives the advantages of a larger imaging sensor at a reasonable cost.  They are also modular by design, so you could add or subtract accessories as needed for your application.  Keep in mind that many DSLRs don't have an autofocus/tracking system that can be found on many consumer camcorders.  For music vids this isn't much of a problem, as such auto tracking can sometimes not understand what is going on (ever seen Youtube vids of the camera randomly flipping focus between hands and parts of the piano - very annoying).  Put camera on tripod, lock focus manually, done.

For audio you would either use an XLR adapter, or record to a separate audio recorder and sync in post. 
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Re: video and audio recording gear and other tools?!
Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 06:46:35 AM
   I just bought a little device called iRig Pro by a company called IKMultimedia.
 Its a little unit which contains a 9V battery, this is for the phantom power. It has an XLR input which I plug a condensor Mic into. The other side plugs into an IPhone, Ipad etc.
 There are a heap of apps that you can use it with but I only use it with the Iphone Video Camera.
 It cost me about $220 Australian Dollars, so probably cheaper anywhere else in the world!!
 I love it!
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