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Canon XL H Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XL H1S (with SDI), Canon XL H1A (without SDI). Also XL H1.

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Old March 18th, 2006, 09:27 AM   #16
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One Microphone I would recommend from Sennheiser for dialog is the MKH 60 for a wider pattern. The MKH-416 is also a good boom mic indoors/outdoors since it is physically smaller than the MKH 816 but it is harder to cover a group of people since the pattern is tighter than the MKH 60. MKH 816 is great but very hard to use in NYC locations due to its length. Also its pattern is very tight so it is hard to cover two people without panning back and forth which can give you presence changes in the dialog if you miss the timing.
Schoeps mics are also great. They have different capsules to change the characteristic of the mic. Try a Hypercardiod pattern.
You might want to consider renting the right mic rather than buying one since they are all over a thousand dollars without the windscreens and mounts you will want for them. If you have dialog outside don't be surprised if wind speeds above 10 MPH means you need more than a Rycote Softie to keep the sound clean.
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Old March 18th, 2006, 10:23 AM   #17
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Sorry Daniel, you're right. I meant 416 (I had an 816 and sold it to buy the 416).. I'm not good with product numbers (can't come close to remembering the # of my AT mike) - I especially hate all the Xs and Zs in these camera numbers - what's that all about?

Anyway, yes, the 416 is the best mike for 90% of shooting. I had a voice-over recorded at a major production house in LA several years ago - it was with Jack Lemmon, shortly before he died - I wanted, for obvious reasons, the best quality recording, so I paid for it - I was very surprised that the engineer used a 416 - he liked the clean quality and felt that it left him room to optimize the audio through his board.. Steve Rosen
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Old March 18th, 2006, 07:35 PM   #18
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Thank you so much everyone!!!
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