XLR versus Mini Jack Audio Question at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

All Things Audio
Everything Audio, from acquisition to postproduction.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old November 26th, 2007, 10:47 PM   #1
Major Player
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 325
XLR versus Mini Jack Audio Question

I'm curious about audio for video with regards to using a Rode VideoMic. I currently use one on my TRV950's which has a mini phone jack versus something like a PDX10 or A1U which has an XLR block that integrates with these cameras. Do these XLR blocks provide stereo recording as compared to the mini plug which does mono to both audio channels? Is the sound quality that much better using the XLR block on the latter cameras? Do these blocks provide stereo or are they still mono?

What about using a Beachtek adapter. My cameras allow for manually adjusting audio levels so that isn't an issue - any comments???
Cliff Etzel - Photographer
Website | Blog
Cliff Etzel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 27th, 2007, 12:24 AM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Sauk Rapids, MN, USA
Posts: 1,675
XLR allows for longer cable runs with less interference from RF sources. Flourescent lights, dimmers, refrigerators and ceiling fans are the worst culprits on my sets (existing spaces). I use XLR so I can use my flourescent lights to light my sets...because you get severe buzzing from long runs (or even relatively short runs) of phono plugged audio:

I would have footage with an example up, but the server crashed...sorry. the room we shot in had a ceiling fan and I was using fluorescent lights...almost no way to scrub the audio clean in that footage. :( Pick XLR if you have the option.
Web Youtube Facebook
Cole McDonald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 27th, 2007, 12:51 AM   #3
Major Player
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Espoo Finland
Posts: 380
What comes to stereo the plug system makes no difference. Your camera, like all DV-cams, has two audio tracks, in this case input is via two channel miniplug, in more pro cams via two XLR plugs. Anything can be recorded to those tracks, if the microphones used are a stereo pair, then the audio is in stereo. If they are different mics or not used in proper stereo manner, then you have just two audio tracks which have to be mixed (to mono) in post.
Petri Kaipiainen is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:04 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network