March 15, 2016 at 4:07PM

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Zoom H1 & VideoMic Go

I Just got a BMPCC and a Zoom H1 and a Rode Videomic Go. I'm trying to figure out the optimal settings for whatever need I may have.
I planned on using the Rode Videomic on a boom pole plugged into the H1. What settings should I use? Also would plugging the lineout into the camera degrade my audio?

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The Rode VideoMic Go has low signal output and can sound quite noisy with many low cost recorders. The mic I would have bought instead is the cheaper Rode VideoMicro that seems to put out a much better signal. ( one of the guys I work with bought the Rode VideoMicro for his video-blog, so I'll have to see if I can borrow it for a day to do some testing )

Rode VideoMicro Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKBOxUm5hHA

Generally with low cost recorders you want a mic that puts out a strong signal because the built-in recorder preamps get quite noisy when pushed beyond their minimum threshold. ( you could always boom the Zoom H1 recorder, just make sure one of the mic capsules is pointing directly at the person speaking )

March 15, 2016 at 5:29PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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So you don't think the videomic go boomed connected to the Zoom H1 could give me pretty good sound?

Talus McKill

March 15, 2016 at 6:12PM

The videomicgo requires the 4-5 volt (ish) ouput from a dslr audio port. I don't think it would work on a boom pole set up. I'm not sure though. In any case spend an extra $40 and get their next mic up which is much better quality.

March 15, 2016 at 7:21PM

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Clark McCauley
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So should I sell my videomic go? I literally just got it today for just $55 , I'm on a really tight budget

Talus McKill

March 15, 2016 at 8:46PM

Go ahead and try it to make sure but I returned mine last week. I knew it had to be externally powered and my RED can do phantom 48 but apparently its the tiny DSLR 4volt power or something.

Clark McCauley

March 17, 2016 at 1:13PM, Edited March 17, 1:13PM

>>>So you don't think the videomic go boomed connected to the Zoom H1 could give me pretty good sound?

I think you will get better sound from the built-in mics on the Zoom H1 as long as you make sure that one capsule is pointing directly at the person speaking. The Rode VideoMic Go puts out a very weak signal so it requires a strong preamp to produce a low noise recording, which is not something you're going to find in a low cost recorder.

I owned the Zoom H1 for about 18 months and was very happy with the performance of it's built-in mics, they sound quite good.

March 15, 2016 at 11:56PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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>>>The videomicgo requires the 4-5 volt (ish) ouput from a dslr audio port.

Or pretty much any low-cost recorder with 5 volt "mic power". All of the Tascam recorders, all of the Olympus recorders, and the Zoom H1 recorder will output 5 volt "mic power" but with some recorders ( Olympus and Tascam ) you might have to turn this feature on using the recorder's menus. So no problem powering the Rode VideoMic Go mic.

March 16, 2016 at 12:02AM, Edited March 16, 12:09AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Listen to this guy ^ he knows

Clark McCauley

March 17, 2016 at 1:14PM

>>>So should I sell my videomic go? I literally just got it today for just $55 , I'm on a really tight budget.

I would try it out and see what your results are like. I would also test using the built-in mics on your Zoom H1 recorder, because you might like the results from the H1 better.

The Rode VideoMic Go is not a bad mic, it just puts out a weaker signal which means you will probably have to boost the volume in post. It's up to you to decide if you like the sound quality or not. You have to learn to trust your own ears on this.

March 16, 2016 at 12:08AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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You should get a mic that has a build in preamp like the videomic pro or the Takstar.

March 19, 2016 at 8:28AM

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