I'm shooting a corporate video and we're using a canon 7d, I've got the mini jack connection, me 66, boom pole and all the works I just want to know very badly if the camera has an audio level setting in the menu??????
I own a 7d, so I'll chime in here as well. The 5dMkII does have a firmware update that allows for user controlled gain, but the 7D does not. Some people hack the AGC by feeding a 20k tone into the left channel and the mic into the right, but I'd seriously advise against recording ANY audio to a still camera and hoping to use it.
Use an external recorder, do an audio slate and clap, and sync it back in post. that's far less trouble than trying to record anything usable directly to the camera. Trust me and everyone else here - you can't make a professional product using that as your audio capture device. If you do end up recording directly to the camera, don't expect any post houses to make it sound professional. It won't happen.
I'll say it again: Go dual system.
Even if you have to cheap out and go with a Zoom H1 or something, that'll be MILES better than the camera audio.
can I say it one more time? Don't use a still camera as an audio capture device. The circuitry in your cell phone is better, and that circuitry is crap. go dual system.
The DSLR cameras are a 2nd tier still photo camera, a somewhat usable video camera, and a not-at-all usable audio recorder. Do they record audio? Yes. Do they record audio WELL? No.
When I hear I'm on a shoot with a DSLR camera I require the production to rent my Sound Devices 744t and time code slate. Seeing as how my recorder costs far more than the camera I see it as a rather fair charge. I do highly recommend sending some sort of guide track in to the camera. You can use an old Sennheiser G2 system or something similar and pop it on the hot-shoe. Send a mono mix from your mixer and the editor will thank you!
But yes, record the audio externally. If the production insists on recording master audio on the camera walk away. don't turn your back...just slowly...walk...away.
There is. Also, the audio is terrible. Record off-camera if at all possible. If people are freaked by recording off-camera, you can turn on the on-board mic and use any nubmer of plugins for FCP that automatically match the camera shot with the off-camera audio. Singular Software makes one that works well.