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D300s Stereo Audio recording
Walter Tychnowicz, Photographer
Edmonton | Alberta | Canada | Posted: 6:54 PM on 05.07.10
->> Hi All. I have a Nikon D300s camera and use an external mic for recording audio with the video I shoot with the camera. It does not seem to record the audio in stereo, only mono it seems. Any advice I could get from the membership would be awesome. Thanks everyone.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 7:54 PM on 05.07.10
->> Walter,

You can't record actuality (live) stereo on any of the DSLRs I know of. Even if you capture it to two channels, it's input into the camera as a single channel.

But stereo is usually something that happens in the editing process. Even a single audio track can be "panned" between two stereo channels. If you look at my sample reel, you'll see a street sweeper move across the camera frame. The sound also travels from one side to the other. I did this in post by panning the sound.

Many consumer video cameras record directly into stereo, but it's actually easier to deal with single discrete channels.

--Mark
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David Manning, Photographer
Athens | GA | | Posted: 8:29 PM on 05.07.10
->> When i was evaluating the D300s, i found the same thing and made it stereo in post, much like Mark said.

I also found Myung Chen's advice from last year to be invaluable.
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Walter Tychnowicz, Photographer
Edmonton | Alberta | Canada | Posted: 10:45 PM on 05.07.10
->> Thanks Mark and David, But reading the manual it sez that if you attach an external Mic to the external port , you can get stereo recording. Thought it was my microphone but you two say that it can't record 2 channel Stereo audio even with an external mic ? That sucks. Thanks for the advice.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 10:55 PM on 05.07.10
->> Walter,

If the D300 accommodates stereo input, you'll need a stereo mic.

But that's not the way professional productions are typically produced. The stereo is almost always mixed in post. Having each audio component separate is a lot easier to deal with when editing.

It really sounds like you're chasing something that you may not want.

--Mark
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Walter Tychnowicz, Photographer
Edmonton | Alberta | Canada | Posted: 11:29 PM on 05.07.10
->> Thanks Mark,

Perhaps the mic that I have isn't a stereo mic ( thought it was). I will check for that first. True, professional productions process their audio in post production, but for web video, I make do with what I have but will look at the other suggestions here. Or I may just go back to a proper video camera rig for web video.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 12:06 AM on 05.08.10
->> Walter, I wouldn't sweat the stereo thing unless you're really set-up to handle it. You may do things that make it worse than if you just went with the defaults.

--Mark
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