In fact, it is not an audio test. It is the shooting of a “low-budget” ad, but it will show some real life situations with the following setup:
- Panasonic GH3– audio gain at +19, almost all the time.
- Rhode NTG-2 shotgun mic, with 1 AA battery
- Rode SM3 Camera Shoe Shock Mount
- ETS PA912 DSLR cable, a balanced 2 unbalanced transformer.
- 6×6 room, with closed windows but near a 6 lane street in Barcelona.
I must confess that I did not pay too much attention to audio. There’s some not-very-nice room reverb, and the mic was almost never well boomed (in fact, there was no audio guy, no assistants at all). So take into consideration that the context is not optimal, and I think that from this test we can only take general observations:
- ETS PA912 balun cable does its job. How well? still couldn’t say but there’s room for great expectations.
- I did not notice any sound degradation attributable to ETS PA912. When the sound is not good enough, as far a I can appreciate, it is due to mic properties, room, mounting, operating, etc.
- We’ll try to push harder tests. Observations and suggestions on howto are welcomed.
So, the 1st test: