October 28, 2014 at 1:34PM

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Audio workflow with Zoom H6/Ninja Blade/Nikon D810

Quick overview of gear as it pertains to this question:
Nikon D810 (own)
Zoom H6 - not purchased
Ninja Blade - not purchased
Premiere Pro/Plural Eyes

Will the following work? (I could test it if I had the gear but I don't, and would like to know if I'm understanding how all of this works prior to purchasing.)

Boom and wireless lavs (x2) into Zoom H6, record each as separate track (record on device itself), line out mixed track to Ninja Blade so that it can record an audio track synced with the HDMI feed from camera. Use this track as a scratch track, import all the separate tracks from the H6 into Premiere, use Plural Eyes to sync them all to clip and replace lower quality mixed track.

Or line out from H6 to camera, then piggyback the HDMI into the Blade?

I know that I could just send audio directly into the Blade or Camera from a field preamp, but I want higher quality tracks (24bit) for this project.

Any help/insights would be greatly appreciated.

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Zoom is a good thing and the ninja too. Plural eyes is a obligate purchase if you don't be crazy looking for maching audio.

October 29, 2014 at 3:49AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I do this everyday! Something to consider and a bit easier is not worrying about feeding a mix from the H6 back to the camera. The 810 has a built in mic which is more than sensitive enough for Plural Eyes to work its magic. I typically run the audio into my Nikon and then let it pass over HDMI into the Blade, I guess I like my headphones in my camera instead of something else on the monitor.

I usually work a scene at a time and dump all of the video files in and then each channel of audio from that scene. Shotgun first, then each of the lav tracks. Ive done a total of 6 channels before and then I just adjust everything as I need to in Premiere once Im inside.

Be sure to buy an extra HDMI cable or two to go from your camera to the Blade. The mini-HDMI is flimsy and I've had them go south on many occasions and I always have two extra in my bag.

Happy to help you offline if you have other questions as you go through!

October 29, 2014 at 9:39PM

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Scott Selman
Content Creator | Filmmaker | Producer
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Thank you so much Scott. I feel more confident moving forward knowing that someone else is using this workflow.
As to monitoring from the camera, I assumed I'd be monitoring from the H6 so that I could make adjustments to each channel as needed?

onemanband

October 30, 2014 at 3:54AM

Guess it doesn't matter where I monitor I can still tweak each track. Thanks again Scott.

onemanband

October 30, 2014 at 3:59AM

Sorry I fell off the grid - I wish NFS emailed if there was activity in a thread or something... anyway... yes I do all of the monitoring from the recorder. Just double check the camera every so often to make sure the scratch is being recorded well. The last shoot I did we focused on the recorder the whole time and apparently my Nikon has developed an issue with the mic input. Works great when Im using it but when nothing is connected it intermittently cuts the built in mic in and out -- probably a bent pin... anyway a commercial I just shot ended up with no scratch audio and I had to sync everything manually... not the end of the world, only 44 video/audio clips, but still not as effortless as PluralEyes!!

Scott Selman

November 3, 2014 at 9:41PM, Edited November 3, 9:41PM

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