Cory, as far as the Zoom H

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Cory, as far as the Zoom H2 usage: the H2 packaging shows a graphic about how to set up for using the sets of microphones that are built in. Certainly get in the habit of monitoring the audio (with the included ear buds or your own headphones)as you record your video. It beats finding out while you’re editing that you need to reshoot. If you are going to use external microphones, there is a mini-stereo plug on the H2 for connecting them. There is a three level setting for the mic gain (level of volume of the recording). Do a mic check first before actually starting to record (monitoring the audio). The actual operation is pretty straight forward- press red button to record! You can read the instructions to learn all of the capabilities- certainly recommended.

For lighting you can use shop lights or clamp type fixtures to get you started on the cheap. You might consider using CFL’s for the clamps fixtures (less heat, less wattage usage, last a long time). There is a thread on this forum called ‘building a studio’ that has some great tutorials on studio set up and usage. Seeing might make things clearer than reading. The lasttutorial about setting up lights for a shoot will get you in the ballpark with your lighting. Good lcuk.

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