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Old March 12th, 2003, 10:34 PM   #1
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Zoom Noise

This is a great site thanks for all the help that I have received.

I have now purchased a Canon XL1s and am learning how to use it. It's an impressive camera!

This is probably a really dumb question.

I am assuming that it is normal with the microphone attached to the camera that I would pick up the zoom motor noise. I assume this would be true of any camera.

The tape drive noise is not as noticable.

Bear with me I am learning.
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Old March 12th, 2003, 11:05 PM   #2
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Hi Peter,

Here's one way to defeat this problem. Hope this helps,
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Old March 13th, 2003, 12:46 AM   #3
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Thanks Chris,

So this is a problem will all cameras
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Old March 13th, 2003, 05:25 AM   #4
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Zoom noise can be an issue with any camcorder. Some are worse than others. The XL1 series is among the best in this regard.

A primary situation where you can get zoom noise is using AGC in a quiet room. In this situation the gain is a maximum, and any sound reaching the mic will be recorded.

Getting the mic off the camcorder, close to the talent is the best solution.
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Old March 13th, 2003, 05:33 AM   #5
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Its also funny that the noisiest side of the camera is the side that the mic is mounted on. Anyway, you really only notice the zoom noise in a really quiet room.

Chris' suggestion to use the mini-mount is excellent. The mini-mount reduced the level to all but undetectable (if not undetectable).
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Old March 13th, 2003, 04:29 PM   #6
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One issue on zoom noise - If the mic clamp is screwed down too tight it will increase coupling of mechanical vibration/noise from the camcorder and mount to the mic. Something to check.
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