With 5D mark II manual audio control, I’ve been trying to configure out ways to record better sounds. Canon 5D Mark II has a 1/8th inch stereo input which allow to use external microphones such as Rode ViodeoMic.
- doesn’t require external power source (with 9v battery, gets 100 hours of power)
- switchable high-pass filter (works fairly well)
- build quality (it’s made of plastic and fragile)
Later, I returned the Rode VideoMic and bought popular Zoom H4N by Samson.
Excellent audio quality and 4 channel recording allow me so much flexibility (adding lav mic etc). I am going with dual system which means I will have to record sounds separately and edit them in Final cut. If dual system is hassle, try this:
I just found a special cable with 25 dB attenuation from Markertek allow me to connect Zoom H4N line out to 5D Mark II stereo mic level input.
Set camera volume around 30% (with manual volume control, you can do this) and always use wind screen. I’ve been testing audio (ambient) quality with it and it’s been great so far. I also have stereo Y-cable so that I can monitor sound at the same time.