Just because your camera doesn't have a headphone jack doesn't mean you can't still monitor your audio.
There's no such thing as a perfect camera, which is something you might know all too well if yours doesn't have a headphone jack. For indie/no-budget filmmakers who frequently one-man-band it, monitoring audio on your camera is often the most sensible option, but there are quite a few cameras out there that don't have an input for headphones. If you're stuck in this boat and are in need of a low-cost solution, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter offers five of them in the video below:
When it comes to monitoring audio for a feature or short, the best solution in most cases is to have a boom operator/sound recordist, but let's get real—some of us barely have money to buy ramen let alone hire a crew. Perhaps even more tragically, some of us don't know anyone who could do the job.
So if you're the sole filmmaker on your set, are recording sound on a smaller project, or damn, just want to monitor your own audio as you shoot because you just do, then Pike's hacks are definitely worth taking a look at. Each one of these tools will not only provide you with that all-important headphone jack, but some will also allow you to adjust your levels.
- Use a monitor
- Use HDMI dongles
- Use a preamp
- Use a handheld audio recorder
- Use an audio recorder/external mic combo
What are some other ways filmmakers can add a headphone jack to their camera setup? Let us know in the comments below.