Rode VideoMic and Camera Bracket
In order to attach the Rode VideoMic to the Canon HF-R32, you will first need to attach the camera bracket that is included when checking it out. Your bag should contain the Rode VideoMic, a camera bracket and two 9V batteries. Ensure the batteries are in the microphone and functional before use.
The bracket uses the screw at the bottom to attach to the Canon camera. Insert the screw into the larger of the two holes (24 in the image to the left) located at the bottom of the camera in such a way that the bracket’s handle falls on either side of the camera. You should choose the side based on what positioning is most comfortable for you to shoot with. It is recommended that you place the handle close to the camera for better control. Ensure that the bracket is tightly secured before shooting; the camera may fall and become damaged otherwise.
Once the bracket is secured (see right), you may attach the Rode VideoMic to it. Ensure that the fastener on the microphone is loose and then slide it into the bracket (it will only slide in one direction). Then, tighten the fastener on the microphone. Be sure to do all this on a table or surface so as not to drop any of the equipment.
Once the VideoMic is secured, plug the cord into the microphone input located on the inside of the screen opening (see graphic). Ensure that you are inserting the microphone into the input marked MIC (on the left) and not the one marked AV OUT.
Before recording with the camera, ensure that the microphone is turned on at the back. The LED light must be green; if it is not, you are not recording sound. You may either turn the microphone on with flat sound (regular) or you can turn it on with HPF, which means that low frequency sound will be eliminated (see graphic). Turning on HPF can enhance the clarity of your audio, but may also distort it slightly.
You can achieve the same effect as HPF in post-production, but for quick elimination of low frequency sound (ie. background noise when someone is speaking loudly), it can prove useful.
Related Link: Rode Videomic Product Manual
Compiled by Adam Ganik, Multimedia Services in Lamont