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Old April 7th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #1
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cannot get DM-50 mic to work on XL2 no power from accessory shoe
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Old May 14th, 2007, 02:38 PM   #2
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No power from GL1 with DM-50

I've had the same problem with my japanese GL1. Is there any way to test if this problem is the shoe or the mic itself?
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Old May 16th, 2007, 10:08 PM   #3
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garrett, i wish there was a way i will try to find out. i am shooting a wedding
in june i just wanted a cheaper shotgun mic. i returned it back to the store
thinking it was the mic.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #4
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Eric, thanks for the reply. I am going to try to find another hotshoe accessory to plug in and see if it's my hotshoe, as well as trying out the mic on someone else's Canon, if I can find someone carrying one around.

Meanwhile, I've investigated the Rode Videomic. It looks like a much better product and they're going for around $150. It's worth looking at.

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Old May 17th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #5
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Forgive me if I'm teaching you to suck eggs here but, I was given a DM50 as a gift and thought it was faulty however, it only works in the accessory shoe when the audio is set to record 4 Channels/32kHz/12bit (think that's correct) and the 'normal' setting is 2 Channels/48kHz/16bits. Changed the audio setting via the menu on my XL2 and the mike then worked. Hope this helps. Mike.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 03:26 PM   #6
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That's right... the only way you can use the DM-50 mic on an XL2 is on channels 3 & 4 and only when 4-channel audio recording is enabled in the menu.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #7
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I've got what's called an XV1, which appears to be identical in design to the GL1. I read about the 12-bit step (though the DM-50's manual doesn't seem to mention it) but still no luck. Everything else on the camera works fine; I think either my hotshoe is bad or the Japanese XV1 won't support US GL/XL hotshoe accessories (or something like that).

Thanks for all of your posts!
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Old May 17th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #8
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Garrett -- on the GL / XM / XV camcorders, you don't need to active 12-bit 4-channel audio recording to use the DM-50. Could be that there's a problem with the Advanced Accessory Shoe... can you test any other AAS accessory, such as a VL-3 video light?
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Old May 17th, 2007, 09:18 PM   #9
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Small camera trends

I actually just got back from a fruitless tour of Costco, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc..., hoping to find either a Canon camera with the shoe or an accessory (like the video light), just so I could try both ends out with brand-new hardware and go from there. Nobody sells those things, here in suburbia! All of the cameras are smaller than my cellphone and don't have accessory shoes. I guess I'll just be waiting until I stumble across someone with a decent camera or a collection of lights and mics. Thanks for your help, guys. I appreciate it a lot!
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Old May 18th, 2007, 09:23 PM   #10
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Hi guys, I reorderd the DM-50 mic again. I will try it out and let you guys no if it works. thank you all for your help.
Eric,
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 09:51 PM   #11
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hi guys,
dm-50 mic works great now. it would help if you push the audio monitor botton a couple of times. as you can tell i am new with the xl2.

thanks again,
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