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D7000 & The Rode Videomic.

Flappers

UK
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Flappers Registered since 03rd Dec 2011
Sat 03-Dec-11 11:22 PM

Hello folks, I'm hoping to be able to grab some advice. Tomorrow night I am to shoot a friends "open mic night". He's doing his stuff (Rap) on stage and has asked me to come along and support him. Now last night, I took my D7000 to a venue and did a test run, I shot approx 20 min of film on full 1080 & using the inbuilt Mic. Sadly I wasn't impressed with my results at all, the sound was poor (was on auto) but I was very close to the speakers... I was using the 18-200 3.5 - 5.6 GII ED VR Lens with the Video settings on auto. Depth of field wasn't great, the camera kept shifting focus on different members of the band. Anyway, I digress, that just shows my ineptitude with the camera, not a fault with the gear. Can you offer me some pointers please, he will be on his own on stage, I have been out today and bought the Rode videomic, I think its the entry level model. (Not the Pro or stereo versions) So I will go tomorrow night with this new Mic, no time to test and still very shaky on how to set the camera up for a manual 1080 shoot with the lens stated above. I also have the D200 & will take some stills with my 50mm 1.4 in available light. So, if needed, and there's the space, I may use the 50 for the Video shoot, all depends on what space I have, no way of knowing till I get there. Basically, can anyone tell me how I should set the manual mode up in Video settings, and, how to optimise the new Mic i have now ? It has three settings from what I can gather after reading whats available online & in box. 0db, -10dB & -20dB and a further "high Pass" setting. I see an Auto setting in-camera & further setting there also, forgive my ignorance, but I'm totally in the dark here & really dont wanna let my friend down. Please help if you can.

Kind regards, Flappers

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