Audio for DSLR, Part 3: Dual Systems


In the third and final episode in our series dedicated to helping DSLR shooters improve the audio quality of their video productions, we take a look at some dual-system solutions. “Dual systems” means we use an entirely separate device to record our audio.

Included in the gear discussed are various portable audio recorders (including the new Zoom H6), field recorders, and even a camera-mountable microphone with an integrated flash recorder (the new Shure VP83F). 

Audio for DSLR Part 1: Run & Gun

Audio for DSLR Part 2: XLR Mics

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Very helpful video, thanks!

Hi, wondering if there is a dslr smpte option... something that would really keep a master clock for mixing in post??

Hi -

You could use a portable audio recorder with SMPTE timecode functionality: 

The R-88 8-Channel Recorder and Mixer by Roland is an 8-channel field recorder that is designed for recording and mixing in professional field audio applications. In addition, it also provides USB audio interfacing for use with DAW software.  For slaving to video cameras or VTRs, the R-88 can be run in slave mode and will accept SMPTE time code via the SMPTE in BNC connector. In addition, the R-88 can be the master, sending out time code to slave devices via the SMPTE out BNC connector. The R-88 also acts as an 8 channel mixer for doing on-board mixes and is equipped with 3-band EQ on each channel. It also has a USB port that enables it to function as an audio interface for recording using a computer running DAW software. In addition to having this USB port, there is an additional USB memory port for quickly copying files to a USB flash drive.

But a far less expensive option would be to use a simpler audio recorder and sync the audio in post with software:

The Red Giant PluralEyes 3 Audio/Video Sync Software is an automatic sync program for double system sound recordings. PluralEyes imports video files and corresponding audio files captured separately on external recorders, and it syncs them up quickly by lining up their sound waveforms. The video files must accordingly contain in-camera recorded audio in order to contribute the required sound waveforms, so your camera mic must be kept active when you're shooting.

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Great video series!

Thanks a lot.