*Note: AGC still kicks in when recorded to the camera, so it's not the best audio quality, but still worth having backup, right? and easier way to sync with plugin.
The reason I do this is because I want to sync my audio and video easier while editing by having non-muffled hard-to-see audio level. I use Adobe Premiere Pro, so can't Plural Eyes like Final Cut users. (UPDATED* now Plural Eyes is available for Premiere as well, hoorah~!)
AGC on DSLRs are stills pain in the butt, but better than nothing, right?
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This video demonstrates the zoom h4n being used as an input directly to your DSLR. So this enables you to record multiple audio devices into the video file of your mp4. Generally with a "line out" it can sometimes be tricky to get the correct setting to record into the "mic in" of your camera.
The benefit of this setup is that you can record better reference audio or have better on camera audio from the zoom. And have the ability to record seperate tracks of audio at the same time, through one device and monitor the audio coming in.
Set you cameras sound record level to 1 notch up from zero, and the zooms headphones/line out to 55.
Your mic levels from the zoom can be roughly 30-50 record level to be safe.