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Old May 7th, 2008, 10:03 AM   #1
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What does XH A1 audio meter measure? VU? Peak? VU/Peak?

Hello,

Can someone tell me what the audio meter on the camera is measuring? It kind of looks like VU/Peak. The manual has nothing to say on this matter.

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Old May 7th, 2008, 09:02 PM   #2
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All the cams I've had do the manufacturers idea of VU, the concept being Peak is too hard to set and leave for the shot, for the gun and run brigade.

And cost comes into it, a few cents more for a better meter means big bucks over the life of the production runs. The better the cam (cost wise) the better the audio meter circuit.

A PPM on a cam can dull the user into recording an average lower level leading to tape noise when he/she tries to raise the audio level in post. It can be a trap if you've got VU switchable to Peak on a rig. You only forget to check it once.

http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Products/us_pro_ea_vu

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