After listening to me complain about not being able to monitor sound on my Canon 60D without spending another $400 on a JuicedLink box, my roommate the engineer lent me a simple stereo splitter he had lying around. This was pretty much a game-changer, and I feel incredibly stupid for not thinking of such a simple solution before.
Previously, I wasn’t able to monitor sound with headphones because the 60D doesn’t have a headphone jack, which is way lame. So if I wanted to monitor sound, I had to record it externally on my Zoom H2 and then sync it later in Final Cut. This was a pain in the ass.
So here’s how I can now monitor audio with my 60D in six convoluted, still-hard-to-carry-it-all steps:
I pipe the stereo output of my RODE Videomic (1) into the mic input (2) on the Zoom H2. The stereo splitter now plugged into the line out (3) creates two female stereo slots, and I can plug a pair of headphones into one (4), and a male-to-male stereo cable into the other (5), feeding the other end into the 60D’s mic input (6).
The bonus here is that now I have the sound recording directly on the 60D, with more manual controls using the Zoom’s audio interface. I also have a higher quality WAV version being recorded on the Zoom if I want to get fancy later.
It remains to be seen how I will manage all this in the field without a third arm. Get on that, science.