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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:04 pm    Post subject: Video cameras + XLR leads.. Reply with quote

Need to get some proper videos going for myself and some of the Mondesir stuff - trying to borrow a video camera, but as usual, they all have shit mics.

I've got some half-decent mics to use, but since they're XLR (camera is mini-jack) the two don't connect... I've looked into XLR->Camera convertors but they all seem very $$ - would it work getting a cheap (behringer 2-channel?) mixer or preamp, and sending the phono out from that to a camera? Anyone tried something like this? Argh?!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure about getting XLR mics plugged in to the camera. But you could record audio and video separately. Then put the recorded audio track over the video. Something like that would be pretty simple.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can use an XLR to jack cable and then add a mini jack adaptor. Or you could use one of those and buy a mini jack plug, cut the standard jack off and solder the mini jack on. You could also do that with an XLR cable you have.

The main thing is never to buy one specifically marketed as a camera mic cable. It won't be even a tiny bit better and you will have to bend over to pay for it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thing i was concerned about was phantom powering mics - if it were just cables it would probably be fine, but anyhoo....

Should be able to get away with a little behringer thing and then go mic(s) -> something that has two inputs with 48v and output -> cable that goes to mini-jack.

funny how adding "camera" to cable makes it significantly more expensive...
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benwalker wrote:
funny how adding "camera" to cable makes it significantly more expensive...


It's a bit like buying an SD card in a camera shop. You'll pay through the nose.

If you need phantom power you'll need an XLR > XLR cable between the mic and your phantom power source so an external unit will be necessary, or battery powered mics (like the AKG C3000).
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

at some point in your life you will start to accumulate cables, leads, connectors, patches, wires, and other sorts of ill shit. then when you have too much to leave laying around on the floor you will buy a fishing tackle box and stuff it all in there. when the top won't close you need to buy another box to put all your shit in.


i recommend starting as soon as you can. its fun for the whole family
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this reminds me.

also.


LETTER TO ZOOM:

DEAR ZOOM.

please make some sort of webcam attachment for your awesome H2 recorder device. that way i can make demos for youtube.com/shortscalegeardemos with awesome quality audio instead of this BULLSHIT FUCKING QULAITY AUDOIO THAT HILARYS FUCKING CAMERA DOES. NO IM NOT CLOSE MIKING SHIT AND THEN EDITING IT IN LATER IM TOO FUCKING LAZY. MY DEMOS ARE SPONTANEOUS THEY DONT NEED TO BE EDITED IF THEY WERE IT WOULD BE FUCKING GAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
ROBROE
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