Beef up your Videos using Audio - H5 & H6 Zoom Field Recorders & Lav Mics | Greg Hung | Skillshare

Beef up your Videos using Audio - H5 & H6 Zoom Field Recorders & Lav Mics

Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

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8 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Gear Overview

      5:48
    • 2. Audio Overview

      5:10
    • 3. H6 training

      5:38
    • 4. Essential hands on h5

      10:22
    • 5. H5 audio enhanced

      5:48
    • 6. H5 course setup

      5:22
    • 7. Lav mic cleaned

      3:31
    • 8. Agile summary

      3:45

About This Class

In this course you will learn get an overview of gear you can use to create a professional corporate video especially with minimal gear. After the overview there are deeper dive audio lessons using the H5 & H6 Zoom recorders. I also show you how to use a lav mic setup with the zoom recorder

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1. Gear Overview: It's great Kung from Sheikhly, AJ productions dot com and today of an opportunity, Teoh, cover some of the gear that I use for client video shoots. And I'm gonna cover everything from audio recording Teoh recording with SLR cameras and a little bit of lighting. I'm gonna cover everything on this table and then I'm gonna go into more detail on each of these pieces. So let's get started. The, uh, guy over here is a zoom H six recorder. It's the follow up to the popular age for and field recorder, and they released an H five, which is one step up from the H War end. And it's really useful for field recording if you want to record audio. And, uh, it's got a built in stereo microphone over here, and it's got to XLR inputs on the bottom. So I'll talk about this one a bit more later, and this one here a little bit bigger. It's the bigger brother. It's the H six Zoom, age six, and this is a little more of a serious audio recorder is God for XLR inputs, and you can control each of those inputs volume separately. So, uh, just got it yesterday and, um, using it now to record what you're you're listening to me using this connected to the age six is Ah, Sennheiser live like So that's what I'm using to record the audio wirelessly transmitted from my life. Mike, over to this field recorder over here this year is a shotgun mike by road. So what I'll do sometimes is I'll use this as a backup audio source, so I'll attach it to the top of the camera. So the SLR cameras have a hot shoe at the top, and you can just simply pop that on here. So this road is just good. If you want to record your video and audio at the same time, it's really easy. Where is if you use these field recorders? They have separate memory cards with the audio files, so it's a little more work because you have to sync them up. Okay, this big guy here is a long, medium to long range lens. It's a 72 200 millimeter after 2000.8, Al Siri's. So this is a really good lens, and it's good for getting up. Getting close on because of 2.8 I get a lot of light into your camera. So this is Ah, very popular in a very expensive lens. And we're gonna do some video tests on a little bit later. This is the lens hood for the lens. Makes it look more intimidating. And it also blocks from the light that comes in from the side. Okay, we have another love Mike here. And, um, yeah, I covered this briefly just before when talking about the hot shoe. But this is a Canon seven D. This is my backup SLR camera. I'm shooting with the cannon. 60. Right now. I'm really liking this camera bag. It's a recent purchase by case logic, and you can fits on SLR body. You can also fit lenses. Utkan fits a 15 inch up to 15 inch laptop. Good for putting your memory cards all your other accessories on. I believe this is rain proof, and the bottom is reinforced. And it's also got these useful straps for tripod. So you could pretty much carry a lot of your gear in this bag. And, uh, guys really durable. I paid about 340 singing $4 for this one. This is another camera bag that, um, camera rental company used Teoh loan to me to carry some of this gear. And I like the design of this. It's more they travel military style, and it's got lots of padding inside and big enough to carry this lines. A couple of bags with live mikes. So this is another option for your camera gear. Okay, so that's an overview of the gear that I use for client shoots, and now we're going to go in a bit more detail on these individual pieces of gear. 2. Audio Overview: Hey, this is great Kung. In this video, I'm gonna give you some ideas of different gear you can use to improve your audio for your videos. I'm gonna cover different gear as well as why would use them and general idea off the costs . Okay, so we're gonna start off by looking at the field recorder. So a fielder quarter is good versatile device to record audio on its own, which is a ready high quality. Or you can use different audio devices like the shock of microphone or even a live mic, which I'm recording this video with right now with the field recorder. So the field recorder can take audio sources from a lab mike, or even a sound mixer, and record all different audio feeds into one source. And this is an H. Y zoom. It was the successor to the popular H four and field recorder. And this goes for about, I believe, 250 to 300 us. And this is one of my most versatile audio devices. Highly recommended. If you're gonna be doing things like Paulk passing or professional freelance videos, this is good all around. The bias and records high quality audio. Okay, the next device for looking at is three USB microphone. This is a microphone made by Blue Yeti. You can get it at the Apple store. It's a very popular microphone. You need to have a USB cable connected to your computer, and you would use this microphone for things like podcasting. You can use a fore screen recordings, basically anything that requires audio input, but it needs to be connected to your computer. I like that you can change the different recording modes, baby, You wanna have an interview with two different people, and you can switch it to a certain mode to make sure this recording sound from both your end and their end. Or it can change it. So it's recording audio from all around, or even just one direction. So it's a good, versatile microphone. It doesn't cost too much, I think, in neighborhood of 120 us around there, but good quality, budget friendly microphone. It is just a little bit bulky. Not the best microphone the trouble with but you can fold it up over there. And if you're looking Teoh, improve your audio on your computer. This is a good option tohave. Okay, Next microphone we look at is a shock. A microphone. This is made by a company called Road R O G E. It's an Australian company that's making a lot of audio devices to complement cameras. I'm just gonna say, right off the bat that's recording audio for cameras from your smartphone. All the way to these cameras is very poor. And that's why you can improve your sound just by getting an external audio recording device like a lab earlier, Mike or even a fielder quarter USB mic or Shaka Mike. Okay, so the shotgun mike is good because of plugs directly into your camera. It's good for any videos where you're gonna be talking from. The camera captures all you wherever it's pointing towards and the qualities pretty decent , and you don't have to deal with separate video and audio falls. Whereas if you're using a lab earlier, Mike or a Fielder quarter, you're gonna have separate audio and video falls where you're gonna have to sink them together in post production, and that could take a little bit more time, and I cover things like clap sinking and, uh, you would have to sink your audio and your video in your video editing software, and you can get video adding software that does that automatically. And that's why I recommend a clap sink like that. I have a separate video for that. Okay, One other category off recording device that may be very useful for most of you is Thievy, the smartphone Laval Ear mic. And I don't have it here because I don't have one. But basically it looks like this and plugs directly into your smartphone, and it's useful because it's very portable and most people have smartphones, and it's just gonna prove the sound on your smartphone. So I've covered some different categories off audio, and I hope that helps you make a decision off what to buy and improve your audio. 3. H6 training: It's great. Come from Sheik riad productions dot com, and I'm going to talk about the H six zoom recorder and get you started using it really quickly. If you have used the Zoom H five field recorder this controls of very similar. I've actually just started using the H six yesterday, and I've already up and running, so and I cover this reporter with you really quickly. So the Zoom H six recorders got to Mawr XLR inputs for a total of four XLR inputs, channel one and two or on the left side and three and four on the right side. Now each XLR inputs has its own independent volume control, and it doesn't have the metal roll roll bar that the H five does, so you can easily change the blind there. You're not careful. Um, there's also a switch that you can use to drop the input minus 20 db and ah, on the top of the panel. You've got four channels plus year left and right channels for the stereo. Michael, you're here. The menu's in color, whereas age five isn't and it's a larger design. The capsules that come with the H six are a little bit nicer. And I'll show you why, If you look at this capsule here, uh, the capsules are the attachments that go on the talk and h five can also take capsules. And I really like this idea because you can change on swap amount for different purposes. So this is the capital that comes with age five, and this is the one that comes with age six, so I can actually use the capsule from the H six on the H five. So we'll go ahead and do that now, just as a test. So to take them off, you just pinch the sides and you gotta be careful with the ship at the bottom. They give you, ah, plastic protection that used to put over the chip. Okay. And there's a microphone cover it can put on top. Okay, We'll do a quick sound tests by pressing the left and right channel in the age five, and then we'll hit record testing 123 test they want. Okay. So you can see how weakens which the capsules between H five and H six. This capsule here is a omni directional microphone. So it could be handy if you're doing an interview. I'm not gonna lift it up right now because it's actually recording. But, uh, this microphone would capture sound from this direction and then from the other side. So if you're doing ah to person interview, this mike would be a little bit more useful. Where is this microphone? Here and this one are stereo microphones. Other than that, um, H six is pretty similar to the H five, but it's a little bit more serious because of Maurin puts and the capsule that it came with a little bit larger. So I'm assuming that sound is gonna be better. Andi comes with a nicer case and you get one more capsule attachments. Okay, so that's the zooms H six. Hand your quarter and this is the age five. I think the Zoom age six would be useful for someone who needs four XLR inputs. Um, that's going to be doing a lot of audio recording and they want something a little more serious. I do a lot of audio work for video interviews and also my courses. So the H five is fine for me. I don't really use the XLR inputs that much, but at least I have to. And I can also record using the capsule that's included. Okay, and let's listen. I'm gonna talk about the lab Mike's. 4. Essential hands on h5: It's very coming from Sheik. We are productions dot com. In this lesson, I'm gonna do more of a step by step. Walk through of how we can use the H five zoom recorder to do a field recording. I actually use this recorder pretty much most of the time for recording the audio for my video lessons, but because I'm showing this field recorder off, I'm gonna be using my USB microphone to record the audio for this. But usually I always use this field recorder and it's just very versus talk and ticket out in the field. If I'm filming outdoors or pretty much anywhere. Okay, so let's begin. So here's her resume five recorder for best results. When you're recording a recommend turning off the fan air conditioner, any external noise that you have control over. Okay, um, you want to make sure that you haven't SD card on here so that just, uh, can be put into the side of the device if you want to turn it off and on the controls over here. So you hold it down over there to turn it off, and then you hold it down again to turn it on. Okay, the first thing I recommend that you do is to set the recording volume. So if we're recording with the stereo Mike here, we want to set the recording volumes just over here. I haven't set to about 8.5. And what you can do is you can plug in a pair of earphones to test what that sounds like so I can plug these earphones into the side of the device, okay? And then you can put these on and tests what that sounds like. Okay. Testing, testing. 123 Okay, uh, air phones. I like to use our, uh, h d 20 to San Heuser. I paid about 35 us for these. These are good quality. Not the best, but these air better than your your standard earphones that you get with your iPhone or your your iPad. So I definitely want some decent earphones. And let's hop over to the menu before I do that. I just want to show you when you would do if you're recording with other devices. So for the stereo, Mike, we can control the left and right microphone using these buttons here. Okay? And if I want to record the, uh, the input number one just over here. What I would do is repress the one there and then the second input over there. OK, but because we're just recording off these Mike's not on XLR inputs which would plug into the bottom. There were not going to use those. Okay, if we go into the menu over two recording mode, we have a choice of multi follow our stereo fall so we would use multi fall if you're going to be using the one and two inputs for the XLR cables at the bottom here. But if you're just using this capsule here, you could just use stereo files. So that's just gonna create one audio fall in stereo and your backup fall if you set that up. So something you should know is that if you've selected the stereo foul, it's gonna give you a lot more options to record. If we move over to recording format, you can see you've got all these different formats. It can record from MP three. Uh, this is CD quality MP three, and you can also record way fall. I like to record away fall because It's a higher quality audio fall. If you select multi fall mode, it's going to limit the recording formats you can use. You can look it up in the manual. I can't remember them all, but they are all way formats. Okay, so after that, we can back out of the menu. And so just to summarize, we set up our backup recording fall. We've tested the SD card. We've got her battery level. We've select the recording level on the capsule, and we got the Alan our lights on there. So the last thing we just need to do is press record. Okay, so recording a fall right now and then when you're done, we're just gonna press stock. I'm gonna put on my earphones here just to test that out, and then we compress play. Okay, Uh, if you record more than one follow, you can just scroll through the different audio files using these buttons over here, and pretty much that's all you need. Teoh get to get started. Okay, So I gotta do one more test recording, and then we're gonna take the SD card out, and I'm gonna show you what the files look like. So you know how to work with him. So I'll do one more recording here. Okay, this is the second on your foul, and we're testing. Okay, so I hit stock, and now we can pop the SD card out after we turn it off, And now we're gonna put the SD card into our laptop and then look at the audio falls. Hi. Welcome back. Popped in the SD card, and you're going to see these folders over here. You might be wondering where you go while we did stereo recordings. So the recorder creates, ah, stereo folder. So I'm gonna go in there and you're gonna see a nest of more folders. Usually, the first recording is gonna be in a folder one. So, uh, this fall here with the BU at the end, that's the backup file. So if if I play this zoom one file just the regular one, that's going to be at the 8.5 recording level. If I flipped over to the BU one, that's going to be a little bit softer. All right, now. And our second recording is this fall over here. Okay, this is second on the ball and we're testing. Okay? And this is the backup, which is minus 12. Be softer than the original. Okay? And these falls air ready to use in your project. So, in summary, that's how we get started with using the H five zoom recorder. Remember to set the backup. It's really useful. And once he set the backup, you can feel free. Teoh, change a recording level to a higher recording level. I use a 0.5. Make sure you have enough memory space, battery power and that you said it. Teoh Stereo. If you're going to be using the capsule, If you're using the one into XLR inputs, then you want to change it to multi fall and then just select the appropriate recording format that you want. I spoke about recording formats earlier, So over here, if you're doing multi fall, you can record in these four months over here. But if you're doing stereo follow, you have, ah, a lot more choices. And I like this scale that they provide. I'm just gonna zoom in here so you can see that a little bit better. This manual is really good as a reference, but it's just way too packed with information like encyclopedia eso. You can see the scale here. If you want higher quality recording, you can bump up these levels, but you're gonna get a larger follow size. All right, so, in a nutshell, that's using H five zoom recorder. 5. H5 audio enhanced: It's great Kung from Shipley, AJ productions dot com And today of an opportunity, Teoh, cover some of the gear that I use for client video shoots. And I'm gonna cover everything from audio recording Teoh recording with SLR cameras and a little bit of lighting. I'm gonna cover everything on this table and then I'm gonna go into more detail on each of these pieces. So let's get started. The, uh, guy over here is a zoom H six recorder. It's the follow up to the popular age four and field recorder, and they released an H five, which is one step up from the age for end. And it's really useful for field recording if you want to record audio. And, uh, it's got a built in stereo microphone over here, and it's got to XLR inputs on the bottom. So I'll talk about this one a bit more later, and this one here a little bit bigger. It's the bigger brother. It's the H six Zoom, age six, and this is a little more of a serious audio recorder is God for XLR inputs, and you can control each of those inputs volume separately. So, uh, just got it yesterday and, uh, using it now to record what you're you're listening to me. Using this connected to the H six is Ah, Sennheiser live Mike. So that's what I'm using to record the audio wirelessly transmitted from my life. Mike, over to this field recorder over here this year is a shotgun mike by road. So what I'll do sometimes is I'll use this as a backup audio source, so I'll attach it to the top of the camera So the SLR cameras have a hot shoe at the top. Hells, and you could just simply pop that on here. So this road is just good. If you want to record your video and audio at the same time, it's really easy. Where is if you use these field recorders? They have separate memory cards with the audio files, so it's a little more work because you have to sync them up. Oh, okay. This big guy here is ah, long medium to long range lens. It's a 72 200 millimeter after 2000.8, Al Siri's. So this is a really good lens, and it's good for getting up getting close on because at 2.8. I get a lot of light into your camera. So this is Ah, very popular in a very expensive lends on. We're gonna do some video tests on a little bit later. This is the lens hood for the lens. Makes it look more intimidating. And it also blocks from the light that comes in from the side. Okay, we have another love Mike here, and, um, I covered this briefly just before when talking about the hot shoe. But this is a Canon seven D. This is my backup, uh, SLR camera. I'm shooting with the cannon. 60. Right now. I'm really liking this camera bag. It's a recent purchase by case logic, and you can fits on SLR body. You can also fit lenses. Utkan fits a 15 inch up to 15 inch laptop. Good for putting your memory cards all your other accessories. And I believe this is rain proof, and the bottom is reinforced. And it's also got these useful straps for tripod. So you could pretty much carry a lot of your gear in this bag. And, um, guys really durable paid about 340 singing $4 for this one. This is another camera bag that, um, camera rental company used Teoh loan to me to carry some of this gear. And I like the design of this. It's more they travel military style, and it's got lots of padding inside and big enough to carry this lens a couple of bags with live mikes. So this is another option for your camera gear. Okay, so that's an overview of the gear that I use for client shoots, and now we're gonna go in a bit more detail on these individual pieces of gear. 6. H5 course setup : All right. This is great. Coming in this video. I'm gonna cover my set up with the H five zoom recorder if I'm teaching online courses just like him right now. So to do this, I like to set up my age five on these little tripod legs, so it's a little bit closer to my mouth also, there may be some vibrations from the laptop, so I think that having them on these many tripod legs minimizes some of that sound. If there is any background noise from lighting that you can't control, then you can use audacity to clean it up later. I actually turned off the air conditioner in this room. If you're living in the country like Thailand or Singapore, air conditioners are almost always on if you're indoors, so good idea to turn that off. If there's a fridge or anything, turn off the power. It'll save you a lot of time when you're editing. Okay, The next thing you can do is make sure that you have power for your field recorder. I'm using a USB set up to power up my field recorder, but I'm recording directly into the SD card in the field recorder. Later on, I'll sink up the audio using final cut Pro X, and when I record, I like to do the collapsing. I've got a lesson on that. And the reason why is that? I like to sync up the audio, so I will collapse Inc and I will record audio on my SLR camera as well as on the field recorder. And there is a function to sync up the video and audio in final cut pro Accent and automatically does that. So by doing a clap, sink and recording audio on both devices and makes it a lot easier to sink that up automatically rather than manually Okay, Uh, also I like to make sure that I've put the correct date into the field recorder. This device creates a nest of files, so it's a lot easier to find and locate the files if you got the correct date and I like to set up the recording frequency I like to record at 96 k h k H Z. There's an option for 16 and 24 bit. Basically, 96 is a very good high quality, but it creates very large files at 44 THC. That's still pretty good quality. I think it's about CD F M quality and the files going to smaller, of course. And the one big difference is at 44 you have the option to create a backup file so that if I'm talking too loud that I have a backup file that's gonna be minus 20 db softer than the original recording. So that's a nice option. So you just have to decide what you want to do over there. All right, After I set those things up, I'll put on the headphones just to monitor the sound, and I'm paying attention to the screen there. I want to make sure that the audio bars are not hitting the far right side, and that's what we call Peking. If it's gonna be peaking, then it's gonna be distorting the audio so I'll make adjustments on the recording source. If it's a XLR connection, something using these cables, then you can adjust those recording levels using the one, or to make sure that your one or two button is got the red light on, so that means a recording from that input. But if you're just recording from the capsule. Make sure you got Alan are lit up. Put on your headphones and you can adjust the recording levels over there. So, for example, I'm gonna turn it down to level six. But now I'm gonna turn up to level nine and you can see not level 10. That's starting to peek. Right, Peak. Okay, so that's just an example. Sorry about that. Okay, So once you have that all set up, then it's a good idea just to do a test recording and then stop it, play it back and make sure that you're happy with it. Also a good idea to have the microphones facing you. And that's about it. That's Ah, that's a pretty good set up to get some decent sound for most situations. If you're just recording directly into the field recorder and I don't need these USB cables , you can use batteries If you want to locate the H five somewhere else, maybe you can put it on top of the camera or mounted on top of a try pon to put this out of sight. But I thought if we're creating course about sound, that will be good to demo this field recorder in action. Okay, that's it. 7. Lav mic cleaned: Hi, Greg Hung from Sheikh riaz productions dot com. In this lesson, I'm going to talk about love Mike's and how you can use live mikes with the handy recorder to record sound in the field. So I'm using the sun Heuser E w 100 g threes. Uh, these are good for capturing interviews or someone wants to record audio and they don't want they don't want a wire that's dragging on the floor. So when you get to your live mikes, you're gonna get, uh, to two packs so the main pack or one pack is gonna be the receiver. So that's marked as our F, and the pack that's transmitting is gonna be marked as going to say, F peak at the fronts. So it's easy to get those mixed up. So if you're having problems with sound, you might have the wrong hacks set up. Teoh transmits on the wrong path to receive, so to set it up, it's pretty straight. Ford's What you got to do is to make sure that the pack has this wire and, uh, you got your live mic clipped on their clothes and on the receiver, the wire's gonna go from the receiver pack over to the XLR input on this field reporter. Uh, the other thing that you want to make sure is that you got a lot of battery par and you could monitor that directly from the pack. And the other thing that you can change is the actual frequency or channel that the packs were set to. I was a little bit ah, intimidated. At first you have Teoh learn how toe navigate the menu, but it's pretty simple once you start pressing the set button and there's up and down arrow to go through the menu. So you just got to make sure that both these packs are on the same channel. Other than that, you want to do a sound tests before you record you want toe, have some earphones available, which you can monitor from the field recorder. So you just put some air phones here and you would put the live Mike Teoh person that's speaking and you would march to the sound on here, uh, record. Play Bach and make sure sounds good. So if you have a couple of love my packs, you could also attach another receiver over to any of these XLR inputs. And from the field recorder you could record Ah, up to for audio channels using, uh, this set up here. Okay, so that's Ah, love. Mike's really good way to capture audio directly from one person, and, uh, sound called. He's pretty good. 8. Agile summary: congratulations on finishing the course. We covered a lot of ground with video lighting and especially sound. I covered a law off territory with sound because it's often weakness. It was my weakness starting out because a lot of the cameras in 2016 now do great video. But they can't create really good sound, especially if you want to do things like corporate interviews or documentaries, training videos or online courses. You're gonna need to beef up your audio games, so I hope this course helps you do that likely. The next step is to add it to your video and audio if I'm just editing audio and cleaning up background noise. Audacity is a good free program for video and audio editing, especially if I'm gonna be doing to camera angles with two audio sources. Final Cut Pro X fits the bill. It's paid software available only for the Mac, but a really good tool to do the editing side of things. If you enjoy this course, I have other courses on my own online schools, called the Video Production Academy at Phantom three dot teachable dot com. I'll just preview some of the courses there if you're interested in starting your own business with video and photography, and you want to get some tips on how to do that from the ground up. The business off Video photography two point. Oh, is, of course, I created because I started out my video business while I first started out How toe learn how to create good video. But then no one talk me how to manage the business side of things. And so I created a new course, the business of video photography two point. Oh, with all the things I've learned these past 45 years learning how to start my own video business. The second course I have is stock footage. 2.0 stock footage is a business model that lets you monetize your video footage on the Internet. I rely on it almost exclusively. Teoh cover my costs of living while abroad. It's almost 100% passive income. You can use him while living abroad like I am in Thailand. Or if you're in a Western country, perhaps it could help you generate a very good side income. And that's also available at my online school. Phantom three dog teachable dot com. The third course I have is an aerial photography and video course with the Phantom three professional drone. I started out flying the drone back in 2013 with The Phantom one. So I'm lucky that I'm an early adopter with a lot of experience flying and filming, and I have a free course for aerial photography to check out also a free course for stock footage at Phantom three dot teachable dot com, So I hope you'll check all those courses. I also have a website, blawg, with a lot of free information and links to my podcast at Greg Hung show dot com. Lots of free block posts, and I podcast with other videographers that are doing very interesting things in other countries. Also more traditional stuff like free lines, videos and on like forces. And that's available at Greg Hung show dot com and thank you for taking this course and hope you learned a lot. Thanks for watching. See a