Will recording a gunshot harm the XL1s microphone? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog

Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog
Can't find it on the XL1 Watchdog site? Discuss it here.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old April 1st, 2004, 09:45 PM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Boone, NC
Posts: 115
Will recording a gunshot harm the XL1s microphone?

I am going to be shooting an outdoor television show this month, and one of the episodes is about hunting. I will be sitting in a little camo tent thingy with a host and a professional hunter. I will be maybe 3 yards from the rifle.
My question: will recording the portion where he fires the rifle hurt my microphone? I know there will obviously be a high SPL when that thing goes off. Also, would it be safe if i manually turned down the audio levels just before the shot? Anyone have experience with this? Thanks.
Jonathan
Jonathan Stanley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 2nd, 2004, 10:55 AM   #2
Air China Pilot
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Posts: 2,389
When we did our Lady X episode we recorded a blank being shot from about that distance. Our ears were a bit hurt (and we were startled) but otherwise our two microphones (stock and Me66) appeared to have weathered it. The recording also was good. I don't think we even thought of adjusting the levels down.
__________________
--
Visit http://www.KeithLoh.com | stuff about living in Vancouver | My Flickr photo gallery
Keith Loh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 2nd, 2004, 08:48 PM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Surprise, Arizona
Posts: 143
If you are just recording gun fire, switch to auto for levels. We have used it extensively for work with firearms and have not had a probelm yet. Every so often it might get a bit of distortion, but that has been few and far in between for us.
__________________
Michael Rosenberger
Sure I'll shoot your wedding, for two million dollars.
Michael Rosenberger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 2nd, 2004, 10:11 PM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 574
No, especially since you are outdoors and have a little distance between you and the rifle, but you will be disappointed with the results as real gunshots are nowhere near what they sound like in the movies.

Since you are basically shooting a documentary, it should not be a problem to have the real sound.

RB
__________________
"The future ain't what it used to be." Yogi Berra.
www.rbravo.com
Rick Bravo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 2nd, 2004, 10:39 PM   #5
New Boot
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 16
Coyote Hunting

I am doing a documentary right now up in Wyoming. We were riding in a pickup along a dusty dirt road one day. Two cowboys in the front, and I with my xl1s in the back. All of a sudden one of the cowboys whipped out his rifle from off the gun rack in the cab of the pickup. I just got the camera rolling when he took aim and fired hitting a coyote at about two hundred yards and down hill in a thicket.
Later upon reviewing the footage, I noticed that the shot wasnt set up very well since I barely had time to turn the camera on, but the soud was great! No distortion at all, and I had set the levels manually for voices at about two feet. The gun had gone off about that if not closer. There is definatly no damage to the mic and it still gets great sound.
Hopefully this babbling story helps with your dillema.
__________________
monkey
Adam C Bowman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 3rd, 2004, 11:16 AM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Boone, NC
Posts: 115
Awesome. Thanks guys. Time to strap on my camo and film some deer huntin'!
Jonathan Stanley is offline   Reply
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

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. 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 > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:49 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network