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Old September 10th, 2007, 09:14 AM   #1
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Hello,

I have two questions;

1) The built-in mic on my A1 is loose. Is this normal? If I wiggle it up and down, there is almost a 1/2" play in either direction. I use my Azden Shotgun mic constantly so it's not a big deal. I just hate the fact that it is loose. Could it be because I removed the original mic mount on the A1? The Azden X2 mic is so long, the stock mount on the A1 was not going to cut it, about 1 1/2" of support, as opposed to the almost 4" of support from the included Azden mount.

2) The XHA1 is my first HD camera. I've shot a some videos since it arrived earlier last month. But after the first day, I decided that I would have to shoot in SD I can't figure out what the 2:3:2 and 2:3:3:2 setting is all about. With the first two rolls of tape, I had a audio and video timing problem. One was slower than the other and was very obvious they didn't sync right. I do all my editing in FC Express HD 3.5, on an iMAC/ 2.4ghz/ 3G Ram/ 500G HD. What is the correct setting on the camera and in FC during the capture/ import process?

Thanks.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 10:05 PM   #2
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The answer to the first question is "yes", the mic is supposed to have free play (loose) to prevent snapping it off, it will give. Sorry I cannot help you with the 2nd question as I do not use that software. J
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Old September 12th, 2007, 10:46 PM   #3
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was it easy to remove the original mic mount? I tried to remove mine tonight with a small screwdriver that fits the screws and they didnt budge...I was afraid to strip them.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 12:53 AM   #4
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When you shoot in 24fps, you can use 2:3:2 pulldown or 2:3:3:2 pulldown. 2:3:2 pulldown is shooting in 24fps but it is converted to 60i for viewing on TV. 2:3:3:2 pulldown is used for transferring footage back to film. Are you shooting with the 2:3:3:2 pulldown, because the reason the audio would be out of sync would be because you're trying to edit 24fps in a 30fps timeline.

Try the 2:3:2 pulldown. It should work, but I don't know. I don't ever shoot in SD, but my friend has an XL-2 and that's what he shoots in. If it's still acting funny, then I'd say save up for Final Cut Studio 2. At least the Academic version.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help guys. Now I understand the conversions. Trent try and push in as you turn until you hear, or feel the screw pop/ snap from its lock position. Pushing in helps prevent striping.
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