In this episode of cinema5D Essentials, Li-Lian and Johnnie discuss how to monitor audio if you have a camera with no headphone jack. Bear in mind that you still need a microphone input in order to be able to use this tip.
What can you learn in this episode?
Some of the recent small, video-capable mirrorless cameras like the Sony a6500/a6300 and the FUJIFILM X-T20 are equipped with a microphone input but lack a headphone output. This is a major concern when needing to monitor audio during shooting interviews, or when wanting to control audio in general. One of our solutions is to use the modestly-priced Saramonic SmartRig+ 2-Channel XLR Microphone Audio Mixer. In this episode we take a closer look at this device.
Saramonic Smart Rig+ Pros:
- 2 professional XLR inputs
- Separate gain control knobs for each audio channel
- Can be used with a smartphone or a DSLR/Mirrorless camera
- It provides a standard 48V phantom power
- Better pre-amps then most DSLRs
- Offers a headphone jack to monitor audio
Saramonic Smart Rig+ Cons:
- No headphone volume adjustment, which can get quiet at times
- No battery level indicator
- You monitor the sound that comes into the Saramonic, which is not necessarily what makes the camera is recording.
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Music was kindly provided by Art List.
What solution do you use when monitoring sound with your camera? Do you have any special tricks to help combat the absence of a monitor jack ? Let us know in the comments section below.