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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:58:54 GMT

I have the Canon XC10 which, as you know, does not have XLR inputs. For audio, I purchased a few Rode smartLav mics that I plan to use with cellphones and connect to actors when filming. I also purchased the Rode Video mic pro which I plan to mount on a boom pole and, for the audio recorder I have been led to believe that I should purchase the Zoom H4N Pro. Do you believe the Zoom H4N Pro is necessary or useful considering that I don't have XLR inputs on my camera? I'm trying to get the best audio possible on a low budget. What would you do in my case?

Tom Barrance
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:19:17 GMT

I don't really think you need the H4n. Instead, I'd get the much less expensive, lighter Zoom H1 and mount it to the boom pole next to the VideoMic Pro using a mini Gorillapod or a couple of reusable Zip ties. That way you won't have to have a long cable run between the microphone and the recorder. You can then just run a cable down the boom pole to your headphones. (The H4n is too heavy to mount on the boom pole.) I've used this setup and it works fine.