I have a great opportunity to test my film making workflow coming up. A trip across the entire country and stopping to catch award winning footage is going to take some figuring out. While you may think that you can make a decent film out of Go-Pro footage that is hardly the case.
Presently the camera that I use with a full frame sensor is the Canon 5D Mark II. It is a brilliant camera. Tough and reliable. It is heavy but for now it is the best quality for it's weight. There is a good reason 8 out of 10 war journalists use this puppy. I would like to upgrade to the mark III before leaving next spring. This style of camera has a serious problem and that is the audio. The camera has crappy mic's. Well all camera's do really. You'd have to be a tech to know this.
This trip I want to try out some of the solutions I may have come up with. I need good external mic's easy to set up and send a feed to my camera. So what I have been experimenting with is capturing audio on the Zoom H4N. I feed audio into the camera via the headphone jack which splits so that I can monitor the audio with headphones. I have had reasonable success with this system but haven't really put it to the test.
I will produce a pod cast from this system on the trials and errors of sea kayaking camping with children in the Broken Island Group. The unit gives me the option of using the onboard mic's or attaching external pro mic's via mini jack or XLR.
The next thing I want to do is mess around with my iPhone 6S plus as a primary camera. In the last few years the camera quality on these thing have made them a real contender in the media capture market. There are a few other tings that I like such as GPS tagged photo's. navigation and weather apps are just a perk. It will be interesting to compare the $5000 dollar camera next to a smart phone. Not sure how they do it exactly but the footage looks pretty good. Here again the audio doesn't hold up but the Zoom H4N comes to the rescue once again. If I think the audio is important enough I can capture on the Zoom and sync in post.
There are some battery issues that I have to check out also. I have a couple 10.000 mil/amp external batteries to recharge devices and a small solar charger. Of course I have had some experience at this in the past just testing some new equipment out.
Did I mention that I am doing this while sea kayaking in Pacific Rim National park. Never been sea kayaking before so this should be a good experience. It's a family trip with a mission. So tag along and I will try posting from the islands.
Talk to you in a couple days.