Recording audio for video is deceptive as a routine task. Image recording technologies change, but audio for video is just audio for video, right? Professional and amateur videography is in a different place than it was ten years ago. The change was brought about by technology, most notably the ability of DSLR cameras to shoot HD video. Videographers have affordable solutions for shooting shallow depths of field with interchangeable lenses. Where are the drastic changes for videographers in the way they record audio? Most DSLRs possess less than adequate audio recording capabilities. As a result, many videographers record audio for video through portable digital audio recorders. Zoom is a company that leads the way in portable digital audio recorders. This past week, they added to their arsenal of recorders with the announcement of the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder.
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder is a portable digital audio recorder modeled after Zoom's high-end H6 audio recorder. The Zoom H5 boasts compatibility with the interchangeable microphone system utilized by the H6, working with all H6 interchangeable modules. The Zoom H5 has a monochrome LCD screen and a side-mounted toggle controller for operating menus. There are two external XLR/TLS inputs on the H5, as well as the H5's XY stereo microphone, allowing for four inputs. The new recorder functions at a maximum sound pressure level (SPL) of 140 dB, making it a great option for field recording in unpredictable environments. The Zoom H5 offers much of the same quality found in the H6 in a stripped down package. The cost of the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder is $270. The release date is June 2014.
Chris "Ace" Gates is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer and video producer.