[RNLD] re: Video - Handycam or Zoom Q3HD

Margaret Carew margaret.carew at BATCHELOR.EDU.AU
Mon Mar 10 22:28:40 UTC 2014

I agree with nick about wireless lavalier mics. I use a sennheiser set with a Sony camera and am very happy with the results.
I also have an on camera shotgun mic and use this to record to one channel via the cameras xlr adapter. The UHF receiver mounts on top of that and plugs into the other channel, making it a neat setup. The result is a mix of close in speaker and ambient sound, and levels can be adjusted later if need be. Another reason for doing this is insurance- the on camera shotgun also records speech very well within a close range just in case the UHF unit fails. Sometimes there's interference with a lab mic when it's worn on the body (such as a hand or clothing brushing the mic) and in this case we can replace that with the shotgun audio.  For multiple speakers I've also mounted the lab mic on a mini tripod on occasions and this works pretty well.  This whole unit cost about 5,500aud but included a tripod and some other accessories (can send model numbers if that's useful).

I carry a small edirolr09 around with me which records as good audio through its built in mics as any of the zooms etc. I often have this rolling as well for extra backup and sync that audio in separately when editing, for extra ambient sound.

The main issue with the wireless mic setup is battery life. I've given up on rechargeables and buy the best lithium batteries for the base units.

Cheers Margaret

On 11/03/2014, at 7:33 AM, "Nicholas Reid" <nreid at une.edu.au<mailto:nreid at une.edu.au>> wrote:

Hi Stephen,

I’ve gone the camcorder route and can say I’m very happy with the results I’m getting. I mostly pair wireless Sennheiser lav mics with a Canon HD100 camcorder, and I’ve been as impressed by the sound recording as I am by the image quality. I’ve used shotgun, boom and other mics, but have to say that for narrative I’m a huge fan of good quality lavs for their ability to foreground a voice and background everything else. I’ve had situations where someone’s been telling a story, and some interference has occurred (rain on a roof, a truck pulling up close by, etc) and I assumed the recording was ruined, but on playback discovered that what was loud to my ears barely registers with the lav mics. Quality is so good this way that I’ve felt no need to make independent audio recordings. Camcorders usually also offer a good range of video output ratios (16:9, 4:3, etc) to suit different needs. My camcorder+wireless lav setup cost close to AUD$2K, no doubt a lot more expensive than the Zoom, but worth every cent in my opinion.



On 9 Mar 2014, at 7:07 pm, Stephen Morey <S.Morey at latrobe.edu.au<mailto:S.Morey at latrobe.edu.au>> wrote:

Dear RNLD list,

I am at present in North East India, where members of the language communities are busy making recordings. Up to now we have preferred to use the Zoom Q3HD for video, rather than buying a commercial Handycam, because the sound is supposed to be much better. However the picture doesn't seem to be, and the shape of the Zoom is not necessarily the best for taking video of events (though fine if you set it on a stand for video of a story!)

So I am wondering what people on the list think about the option of purchasing a handycam of similar cost to the Zoom Q3HD and making a simultaneous audio recording on the Zoom H4n? Or is there a better option available?



Stephen Morey
Australian Research Council Future Fellow
Centre for Research on Language Diversity
La Trobe University
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