Besides using an H4N to record second-system sound, what else can you do to get better audio for your video projects when shooting on a DSLR? This question plagues a number of video shooters I know, sometimes because of budget, or simple the need to keep their kit as small and portable as possible.
The Zoom H1. If you’re down with using second system audio, but the H4N is overkill for you, consider it’s smaller, cheaper sibling, the Zoom H1. It has a very good built-in mic system, but also includes a mini jack for external sources, like a lavalier. Put this little guy in your talent's pocket, or put it on a stand off camera.
Rode VideoMic Pro. For better reference audio, you could consider a short shotgun mic, especially if you do a lot of run and gun shooting. Rode makes the VideoMic Pro for just this application, and with a small profile and long battery life, it’s become my choice for recording in-camera audio. Having an audio boost and low-cut filter is pretty nice as well.
The iPhone. If you’re one of the many people that use an iPhone, there are a good number of apps out there that let you control it’s built-in mic to record audio. For talking head pieces in a controlled environment, this combo can actually work pretty well. Fstoppers own Lee Morris made a great video last year that explains this process in detail.
Have you found any good pieces of gear that makes your life easier when it comes to recording audio for your video shoots? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!