How to setup manual audio levels on a Canon DSLR (60D, 70D, T5i, etc). ► All the gear is linked below.
To get the best audio from your Canon DSLR or any other DSLR for that matter, you need to take control over the settings and then set them up properly to get the best levels.
On the Canon 60D, 70D and other Canon DSLR cameras with manual audio control, you'll notice one specific level, -12db. You may also notice that this level is marked by a green LED underneath it. This is marked this way because it's the best place to try and get your audio levels.
When you get levels around -12db, you'll have enough room for your audio (the person speaking) to get loud without peaking the audio meter and distorting your audio.
You'll also have levels that are high enough to masked a normal noise floor (background noise) while being able to bring the audio into post production and raise the level to proper audio standards for the web (-16LUFS for stereo, -19LUFS for mono) without introducing a significant amount of noise (hiss).
Go into your camera's audio settings, on a Canon they are in the menu under Sound Recording. Set this to Manual. Then go to Rec. level and scroll the marker all the way to the left which will turn the audio off.
Next, talk normally into your microphone while raising the audio level until you see the audio meter start to get to -12db. I like to see my levels just starting to turn the audio meters yellow which is just past -12db.
If you have a good microphone that is sensitive enough without producing any of its own noise, then you should be able to raise your level to around 25% of the gain without introducing too much noise from the Canon's preamp. Ideally you'll be able to run your audio gain on the Canon even lower. The less you have to turn up the level on your 60D/70D the less hiss the camera will produce in your audio.
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