Originally Posted by quixoticquest
Bill - please remedy my ignorance! With the adapter, why is it beneficial to have the two matching tracks when using a mono mic? Is that so the mono doesn't pipe through only one speaker during playback?
Same thing with the Sescom cable you mention, can you explain the benefit of recording a backup track on the camcorder? I really appreciate it.
Hi Gregory - No worries. I was 'ignorant' too - until people helped me out on these boards and their blogs. The answer to your first question is yes. Without the adapter, you will record to only one of your CX's two tracks. It sounds weird on playback - unless you go in and copy the mono track to track two in your editing program. Less trouble to just buy the adapter
. I have one for each camera.
The answer to second question is - if you record a high quality track to a $98 H1
(or other external recorder like the $170 Tascam DR-40
) - you will probably get better sound from the recorder's output through the Sescom (this one
for Zoom, this one
for Tascam) than from your camcorder's built-in mic. After you are done shooting, you'll have the choice of using either the track on the external recorder (which you will have to sync to the picture in the editing suite) -- or the already-synced internal track, which should sound somewhat better than if you had recorded it using the internal mic.
Hope that's helpful,
BillHybrid Camera Revolution
P.S., here is a picture of two of my cameras with the H1 mounted on top (left) and the DR-40 with a couple of wireless receivers on a $9 Adorama C bracket
(right):Edited by brunerww - 7/8/12 at 11:56am