October 13, 2014 at 12:01AM


Do you get satisfactory audio by recording directly into an H2n field recorder on a boom pole (for a short film)?

Have any of you tried recording audio for a film with an H2n field recorder directly on a boom pole without using a shotgun mic such as VideoMic Pro or NTG-X?

If you have, could you please share some video footage that has synced audio?


I have not, though I'm sure you could make it work. If an H2n is all you have, then use it, but if you can get your hand on a shotgun mic, boom pole, and audio recorder with XLR inputs, I would recommend that. Audio is important, and having your characters lines being heard with the focus and clarity of a shotgun mic is much better than a field recorder with two built-in speakers.

October 16, 2014 at 5:54AM

Matt Bastos

Indoors it's possible to record ok audio with the Zoom H2n by putting it in stereo mode and turning off the 2 back-facing microphones, so you are ONLY using the front facing 90 degree XY mics. You will need to boom the H2n over your actors with the 2 front facing mics angled correctly to pick up your actor's dialog.

Outdoors you really need to use a proper shotgun mic with wind-protection to be able to pick-up clean dialog. ( optionally you can use hidden lav mics outdoors so that you can shoot wide shots and still record good quality audio )

October 16, 2014 at 8:46PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Sathyaish both methods can work, something I would suggest is getting experience, try both methods with what equipment you have and what people you have? Often we look to forums, but we don't know the situation you face, the people that can help and the equipment available to you? However, don't be afraid to try different methods and find out what works best for you. The key to quality sound is getting the mic close to the sound source. It also has to be out of view of the camera (usually)

January 1, 2015 at 12:32PM


Why not test it and find out? If you have access to the gear, film and record yourself speaking.

January 16, 2015 at 8:50PM

Zachariel Shanahan

I've seen people do it but I wouldn't recommend it. First it's too sensitive to handeling noise then the mic capsule aren't very sensitive, also it will be difficult to ajust the level and connect headphones. I wouldn't do it but if you really have no other tools to record audio then it may be better to put it on a boom and have it as close as possible to the talent mouth. If you do that go in the menu in matrix and make it unidirectionnal.

April 6, 2015 at 9:02AM


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