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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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How to attach Rode shotgun to XF100?

I just got a Rode NTG2 and a Rode SM3 shock mount. The SM3 doesn't want to slide into the shoe mount on top of camera. What do I do? Would an SM5 fit the XF100? Or should I just try to force the SM3 into the shoe mount? I see in one thread that there's a "cheap shoe adapter" to get XF100 and Rode to fit together, but I don't know exactly what that is or how to find one. Any/all help greatly appreciated.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Force it you'll likely snap it off. And you can't file it down like with the Videomic. Best is to buy a $5 ball mount off Ebay and replace the Rode foot.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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John,

You will want to learn all you can from the all things audio forum, incredible minds there,

I don't know what you are shooting but the rule of thumb is the last place you want your mic is mounted on the camera: distance all wrong, camera noise.

The ntg3 looks like a great mic, I was a d still am considering a ntg3 for my kit.

I'd keep the mic on a stand or boomed and really get to know the space you are shooting in, pick up a book on production sound.

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Old March 19th, 2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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Jonathon, the XF100 is a small portable pro camera. It wouldn't be the first choice for someone who didn't know where to put a mic in a setup. If you're using the camera solo for ENG or run and gun, you don't get much choice where to put the mic. The ob mic is good, but stereo wide, not so good if you have to pick up a speaker.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #5
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Force it you'll likely snap it off. And you can't file it down like with the Videomic. Best is to buy a $5 ball mount off Ebay and replace the Rode foot.
Thanks ... not sure what ball mount is. Is this a Rode device? What exactly do I look for on eBay?
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Old March 20th, 2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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Search on Ebay for "ball mount" in cameras. Do not look in "cars", those ball mounts are for trailers and weigh several kilos. Sorry. Sarcasm. Couldn't help myself. Choose a small cheap plastic one. This is a pretty standard mod. Here's a YouTube video that gives details
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Old March 21st, 2013, 04:34 AM   #7
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Thanks! Ball mount video really describes it.
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Old May 11th, 2013, 06:30 AM   #8
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I was using my Rode NTG-3 on the XF100 the other day with no problems - slid right onto the hotshoe. No obvious camera noise (except when zooming or focussing - I wasn't recording while zooming or focussing) - though I was in a noisy enviroment (wind through leaves, water running. bird calls, etc).
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Old May 14th, 2013, 03:29 PM   #9
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<<Rode SM3 shock mount. The SM3 doesn't want to slide into the shoe mount on top of camera.>>

That is because it will slide into the hotshoe one way only.
Look closely at the plate. It is broader on one side.
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