Sound level meter at

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.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old October 1st, 2005, 03:37 AM   #1
Regular Crew
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: East Midlands
Posts: 137
Sound level meter

Is there a way of viewing the level meters through the viewfinder or onto a monitor. Although we do stringent sound checks prior to live recording levels sometimes change. Quite often our camera is high on a tripod and although the viewfinder can be angled down or we monitor on a seperate monitor it's not always practical to keep an eye on the levels on top of the camera?
I believe there are some "back way doors" to activate certain features, anyone know of this one?
Carl Walters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 1st, 2005, 03:59 AM   #2
Slash Rules!
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 4,675
'Fraid you're out of luck with that camera. Beachtek makes (or DID make) an external VU meter that could be mounted on the hot shoe of a camera, and hooked up via RCA (I think. . .don't quote me on that). Anyway, problem with that thing is, I had one, and couldn't calibrate it to read correctly (i.e. -12 on the XL1s' VU didn't read as 0 on the external one). I sold it on ebay. Another member here had one too, and had the same issue.
Josh Bass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 1st, 2005, 06:20 AM   #3
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 4,208
I've seen other brands of external VU meters advertised that connect to the output in addition to the 2 models Beachtek offers, including some do-it-yourself kits. You can probably Google up some alternatives.

The main issue is that they read the camcorder audio output (sometimes the head phone jack if using a MA-100), after any compression, clipping, automtic level control, etc. that the camcorder audio system does. Thus calibration and interpretation of the external meter can be tricky, and as noted it may not map 1-to-1 to the XL1's meters or the input level. Subject to those limitations it can provide useful information, if not strictly the same a you expect a normal VU meter to display.
Don Palomaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 1st, 2005, 08:15 PM   #4
Inner Circle
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Albany, NY 12210
Posts: 2,610
I have the Sign Video meter and feel like it works pretty well. It runs off of the headphone jack and is very easy to calibrate. I don't trust it entirely, but it's never let me down. We used to use it with minidisc quite a lot and it was actually more useful than the built in meter.
Marco Leavitt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 8th, 2005, 11:54 AM   #5
Fred Retread
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Hartford, CT
Posts: 1,227
If you use a Beachtek DXA-8 between the tripod and the cam, it will not only protect you from peaks, but once you know what they're saying, its limiter LEDs can tell you from a distance what's going on with the input to the Beach and its output to the cam. If you want more info, let me know.
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence..." - Calvin Coolidge
"My brain is wired to want to know how other things are wired." - Me
David Ennis 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 > 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



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:41 PM.

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