MetalRain wrote in post #15279799
I recently purchased a Zoom H4n and I've been questioning the purchase.
My digital video audio needs are pretty limited. I don't plan on doing too much outside of interviews, maybe some corporate/product stuff too. I had originally planned on buying it and getting a LAV set up, but would I have been ok with a videomic pro?
Well let’s compare the differences between the two devices starting with the Rode VideoMic Pro.
One might think with a name like the VideoMic Pro the device would be a microphone suitable for professional video but that would be an incorrect assumption, it is at best a hot shoe mounted super cardioid with an un-balanced output which presents many drawbacks to providing any form of “professional” audio.
Mounted on the hot shoe requires you be on top of your subject being recorded and being unbalanced doesn’t allow you the freedom to remote it too far from the camera unless you like including hum and other types of noise to be introduced into your production.
Being a super cardioid it introduces the problem of poor off axis pickup so for interview purposes you would need to have the interviewer and the interviewee close to each other in order to properly utilize it’s pickup pattern if used off camera.
Now as to the H4N, while it is not the cream of the crop when it comes to digital recorders it does provide a decent bang for the buck and while you can and many do use it alone for interviews you would be well advised to utilize its balanced XLR inputs.
You can take the H4N plug into it a couple of pro lavs or even a couple of basic desk mics and run rings around anything the VMP could possibly offer you and you can still utilize the H4N’s microphones to record some ambiance at the same time and being as it provides both phantom power and balanced inputs you are not restricted to short cable lengths and choices of mics and will have decent immunity to hum and noise.
Now by the time you add a couple of external lavs or other mics you will have doubled or maybe more the cost of the H4N, but you are adding to the overall equity of your system and have begun with a good base to buildup from whereas with the VMP your are stuck on cheap.
Plus never forget when managing your production budget audio is the most important part of video…