need help with new audio setup

hey i just bought a zoom h4n and an ntg-1 and a 15 foot live wire elite xlr cable my question is how do i get the mic to work i have it all hooked up and i tried a bunch of stuff but only the h4n is recording. i also have a rode boom pole on the way and im getting a panasonic gh2 (decided to spend comparable amount on audio as visual after hearing someone on this forum always saying its half the experience so why not spend half the budget on it.) does that sound like a good starting setup? am i missing anything besides accessories?
I don't have a Zoom so don't know the ins-and -outs of that particular device, but aside from selecting mic inputs to record, you also need to make sure that phantom power ( +48v) is switched on for any condensor mics.