January 24, 2016 at 3:39PM, Edited January 24, 3:42PM

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Buying a Microphone for Black Magic Production Camera

Hello. I need help, badly. I'm such a novice and I have absolutely no idea where to start here. Any help will be *greatly* appreciated.

I just bought a Black Magic Production Camera (EF mount) about a month ago, and have done as much with the camera as I can do without being able to record sound (of course, the camera does record sound, but the built-in microphone that comes with the camera records awful quality audio). So I need to buy a microphone if I want to record quality audio, correct?

1.) Where do I begin? I'd like to be able to record audio at home and "dub" it into the video I've recorded, but I also need to be able to record live, direct sound (for instance, if I take my camera out to film a waterfall, I want to be able to record the sound of the waterfall at the same time I'm filming it). What do I need in order to do this?

I'm looking at this "Rode VideoMic Pro Compact VMP Shotgun Microphone" on Amazon, very reasonably priced. Will this do what I need? And is it good enough to produce high quality audio? I can't spend a fortune, but would be willing to spend more if necessary.

2.) How does the microphone work? Do I simply hook it up to my camera, and the camera will record from this microphone instead of from the built-in recording device that it was using before? Otherwise everything is the same? I load the video files off my SSD drive using the USB dock, and the audio that was recorded with the microphone will load onto my computer along with the video? Is this right? In other words, I don't need to do anything differently that what I'm doing now, to get the audio from the microphone onto my computer?

3.) Do I need anything else other than a microphone, in order to record quality audio and get it to my computer? Somebody recommend to me this "Zoom H4N Digital Multitrack Recorder" on Amazon, about the same price as the VideoMic. What is this Multitrack Recorder? What does it offer compared to the microphone? For what purposes would I use one over the other? Is it something I should be considering purchasing?

Please keep in mind that I know absolutely nothing, so answers in the simplest speech and most novice terms possible would be greatly appreciated. I really do know nothing at all, as you can probably tell. I just want to be able to record good quality sound when I film. Please help me figure out what I need to do in order to achieve this? Any help will be extremely appreciated.

Thank you!

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Here's an answer to your question: http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/cheap-mic-and-external-recorder...

And here's a tutorial video you should watch (linked from NFS): http://nofilmschool.com/2015/08/24-sound-basics-will-help-you-lay-sturdy...

After watching the video, you'll probably figure out why it's much smarter to buy an external recorder to do sound properly than it is to try to use your BMPCC as an audio device. The internal mics of the BMPCC are good for one thing: capturing the audio from the clapper to help you sync videos in post. Otherwise, external is the way to go.

January 24, 2016 at 9:13PM

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