The DSLR camera (digital single lens reflex) has a larger chip than prosumer and even professional grade video cameras. So good, in fact, that television programs, movies and commercials are using them. For news organizations, they can get both still photography and video from the same device, saving them money.
While the visuals from the DSLR are great, the audio needs a little help. The camera has a non-adjustable microphone, so our kits have an external microphone and pre-amp to help better gather and control the audio.
Each kit has the Nikon D7000 camera equipped with a 24mm-85mm zoom lens. (You can also check out a telephoto lens for use on the camera.) There is a Rode external microphone, the Beachtek audio adapter and a line/level cable. The microphone and audio adapter are powered by a 9-volt battery, which should be in the unit. Always carry two back-up 9-volt batteries.
Always check the settings — the last user might have changed them. Start out with auto focus, auto ISO and auto white balance (red boxed areas on the photo.)
You set the aperture, using the A exposure mode on the left side.
Nikon recommends using an SD HC card for shooting video (they do not recommend using a standard SD card, which you probably can’t find around anyway.)
There is a maximum time of 20 minutes per shot, or 4 gig in length. NOTE: The camera heats up while shooting video and will turn itself off it if it gets to hot. Let the camera cool down then trying shooting again.
Slide the microphone into the hot shoe on top of the camera. The mic is powered by a 9-volt battery, which should be in the mic. Remember to turn the mic ON when recording, turn it off when finished. The indicator light is green when on and red when the battery is low.
The adapter (Beachtek, amp, pre-amp) screws into the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera. Be sure to put the camera battery in before putting the amp on. There is a tripod socket on the bottom of the amp for the tripod.
There is a second cable that is loose in the bag. One end is labeled “camera” and goes into the MIC jack on the camera. The other end is labeled “line/level” and goes into the OUT jack in the Beacktek device.
Turn the amp on (switch on right side.) There is a green light when on. Be sure to turn it off when finished with your shoot.
There is a gauge on the left measuring the audio levels for the left and right channels. Separate knobs adjust left and right channels.
Set the gain controls to HI and the Limiter controls to ON.
Set the M/S switch to S (stereo) and the monitor switch to REC.
Supply your own headphones or ear buds.