Ask Rod: Mounting Mics and Recorders

Hi Rod,
I notice in your video, that you have your Zoom H1 mounted in a shock mount on top of the camera. I am on the verge of purchasing the Zoom H4n and hopefully the Rode NTG-2 shotgun microphone. My intension is to mount the NTG-2 on top of the camera and the Zoom H4n (somehow) in a vertical position to one side of the camera so I can easily view the screen while monitoring the audio levels.  I would like to later add an external LCD screen to assist in better focus. My questions are:

1. Any ideas on how/what brackets/adapters I could use to accomplish this?

2. As I intend mounting the H4n to one side of the camera, do you feel a shock mount would be necessary?

3. How much difference do you feel there is in sound quality when running the audio through the Zoom directly into the camera versus taking care of it during post editing?

By the way: Great videos and information, I appreciate it.

Hi Peter, thanks for the great question. I have found one solution that has been working for me, and you don’t even need a rail system, let’s see if I can answer your questions…

1. I recently purchased off ebay an Hot Shoe Extension Bar from Hong Kong seller dzone2. It cost $9.99 with free shipping and has quickly become an important part of my kit. It allows me to mount my microphone, the Rode VideoMic Pro, and the Zoom H1 directly next to it. Also, combined with the Pearstone shock mount I can move the external recorder to a vertical position which makes it easier to view the screen.  If you didn’t need the shock mount, you could save some cash and purchase a mount like this Marshall adapter for $16.00.

2. No, you don’t need the shock mount. I am not really using it as it’s intended purpose, it’s basically just holding the Zoom H1 allowing it to be positioned horizontally and vertically.

3. Tricky question and it will depend on your camera and shooting style. I shoot with a Canon T2i/550d, with the Magic Lantern hack installed. This allows me to disable the Automatic Gain Control (AGC), and in my opinion, gives me very good sound. This setup works great out in the field, documentary work, etc., however if I was shooting a short film or a commercial interview, I would record externally and synchronize in post to ensure I am getting the audio that I need for the shot.

I hope I answered your questions and the pictures below help. If you have anything further, please leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by my blog and the message.


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One response on “Ask Rod: Mounting Mics and Recorders

  1. josh_ng says:

    hello Rod,
    I’d like to know how you put the zoom h1 in the pearstone shockmount. The silicone suspension thing that came with the shockmount seems to be a bit small for the zoom h1. Did you use a diffrent rubber or something else to mount the zoom h1?

  2. Rod says:

    Hi Josh,
    No I did not use anything else. It’s a little tight, but it wiill go
    in there nicely with a little push and pull. You can be assured that its not
    going anywhere after its in. :)

    Hope this helps,

  3. Adam says:

    Hi Rod,
    Any thoughts on the viability of mounting an h4n in a similar manner? I’m worried that the size and weight might be problematic for doing something like this with the extension bar.

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