You may consider a second audio device for capture as well, long term that will be a benefit, when synching dual source audio in Premiere Pro.
Red Giant bought Singular software yesterday, and that program will be a plug in on V.3.0 next month, it's a defacto standard for many folks seeking to avoid the pitfalls of on camera audio.
There are few if any productions done which do not use dual source audio for HD enabled DSLRs.
Just a thought.
I do everything in manual and shoot to the cut/edit when racking focus.
Also, because the HDMI 4.2.2 direct out is sending file data only from the sensor, one can use the zoom buttons in live view while recording to an external SSD device, Ninja, HyperDeck2 etc. because the zoom does not interrupt the sensor/view output but will "crop" it in real time.
This forum thread, from day one with the D7000 has a LOT of informative discussions.
My suggestion, FWIW is to read from the oldest post forward when you have that much time, the other suggestion is perhaps to consider Richard Harrington's book From Still to Motion, a great primer on all things DSLR.
For a past couple days, I have done extensive research and testing of DSLR video with D800E to catch up. Now I think that I have gained the fundamental understanding and knowledge of it.
So far I am very happy with Nikon D800’s coded video image qualities and I would like to experience uncompressed images but that requires more capital investments. So far, shooting video as well as editing on LR4, Pr Pro5 does not require much difficulties. However, my problem is in sounds. As some suggests here, I got economical Azden SMX-10 but the sound quality (just a single speech) was not good. There are too much BK noises with small signal. At the end, I used Pr5 pro and Sb5 to enhance the sounds. Then, I have learned to have (1) pre amp solution with a better shot gun or (2) external recording device but again all of these require investment which I do not have at the moment.
The crazy thing is that one of my clients asked me for video shoot along with still. Still is perfectly fine but video with speech…. As I mentioned, I need to wing it for this task. Only thing I did was to order Filo portable amp device, that someone suggest to cut pre Amp noises on D800E. I will going toward JuiceLink with better shotgun in a future after my budget become better stage.
Because you already have an audio headphone output on the D800E, it may be better to get a decent digital audio recorder (Zoom has a headphone output as well) and use that for now until the budget allows for a dedicated preamp.
The headphones you use should be an over the ear type to isolate outside noise on set, once you get levels adjusted you can take them off to communicate with the clients.
In fact, after my last post, I was thinking of exactly this option too. I will seriously consider getting it. With this, I might use boom to hook up the microphone to set closer to the subject, then I need to sync external and internal voice.
I got ZOOM h1 and tested it. This is far better than internal D800E MIC or with Azden MIC. With noise adjustment in Sb from Pr, the best result I have had. It requires more time for set up and post but night and day difference.
I am returning my Azden MIC and working with this external solution until I get pre-AMP with better shotgun.
>Rob: > >I got ZOOM h1 and tested it. This is far better than internal >D800E MIC or with Azden MIC. With noise adjustment in Sb from >Pr, the best result I have had. It requires more time for set >up and post but night and day difference. > >I am returning my Azden MIC and working with this external >solution until I get pre-AMP with better shotgun. > >Thank you so much for your help.
A shotgun mic is not the answer. Nor is an external microphone connected to the camera.
If you want quality audio, you need 3 things.
1. Get the mic as close to the person's mouth as possible. Generally within 2-3 ft.
2. Get a GOOD microphone.
3. Get a GOOD recorder. The H1 is the audio equivalent of a point and shoot camera. It works, but if you want quality sound, this is NOT where you need to be.
Video is a *LOT* more expensive than stills. A LOT more expensive. Most people coming from the world of pro video, consider our stills gear as "crash cameras". The fully manual lenses on a pro level film camera are well into 7 figures. And the standard bodies for that level of work are generally north of $40k. If you are trying to replicate what you see on broadcast TV, you're not going to get there for less than $20k invested.
But the ABSOLUTE best way to improve your audio is to get that microphone CLOSE to the talent's mouth. Nothing else you do will make as large a difference. A $50 mic placed 3ft from the talent will sound better than a $500 mic 30ft away.
>Perrone: > >I agree with that. But if you have a serious pro video, would >you shoot with D800? there are superior VCR (not DSLR video) > >Am I wrong to say it? > >At the level of D800, at least external solution is far better >than camera internal processing.
It depends GREATLY on what you need to accomplish and how. If you need to shoot in quite low light levels, then DSLRs are better than any camera I can think of south of $80k. If you need decent HD quality in something VERY small, then the DSLRs are again one of the best choices around.
There are numerous TV shows and movies that have used DSLRs. Ironman, Act of Valor, 24, etc. They can, and do work depending on how they are used.
But if I had my choice, then yes I would not shoot video on a D800. Or any other DSLR camera. They are generally NOT good for this kind of work.