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Old February 4th, 2002, 02:52 PM   #1
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audio out from XL-1

I'm using an XL-1 to record a speaker training session. The speaker needs to be able to walk with a VHS tape, so I'm just using the camera to feed a VHS deck through the yellow composite out feed on the back of the XL-1. My question is this: I don't have a mixer, but can I use the xlr shoulder adapter to loop the audio through the camera? (The VHS deck doesn't have xlr audio inputs.) In other words, have the mic feed into the adapter into audio 1 (or audio 2), and come out of the rca audio jacks to feed the vhs deck? Thanks.
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Old February 5th, 2002, 11:22 AM   #2
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It doesn't look like you're getting much input so I'll take a swing at it.

I read your post as:
1. You're basically trying to record an event onto a VHS tape by using your XL1 to feed external video to a consunmer VHS deck. You're using the video-out port to feed the deck your video while you're recording the same video to your miniDV tape (implicitly). (Note that with the XL1 you will need to roll the tape to keep the cam from automatically powering down after 5 mins. The XL1s has a feature that bypasses automatic power-off.)

2. You're wondering how to get the audio to the VHS deck.


Two possibilities come to mind.

1. Capture the audio via a separate external mic connected directly to the VHS deck. I know you noted that you don't have a mixer but an external mic might be a good solution.

2. What about feeding audio and video out through the 1394 port through a Dazzle DV Bridge (1394 in / RCA out)? This gizmo is widely available, is not very expensive and can sometimes be handy for DV-VHS trasfers.

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Old February 5th, 2002, 12:37 PM   #3
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While recording, the RCA audio plugs are designed for Audio - IN. I am not sure if they can output sound even if they are not being used. However, you said you were using an MA-100. You can if you don't need the sound going to the camera, just plug a wire from the MA-100 directly to the VCR. If it needs to go to both the camera and the VCR, just connect a "Y" to the MA-100 and plug one side into the XL-1 and the other side to a wire extending to the VCR. Hopefully the VCR will have a manual audio control - otherwise there is no guarantee what sound level you will be getting.

Another option might be to run a line from the headphone out jack to the VCR. In this case, the MA-100 would be connected to the XL-1 and the XL-1 could control the volume level (sound meter display). Once again, no guarantee how loud the sound would be on the VCR.
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Old February 5th, 2002, 04:56 PM   #4
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You should be able to use an adapter (female RCA to 1/8" stereo mini-phone pigtail) and connect the MA-100 output to the XL1 mic input jack. Then the audio 1 will output the sound that is fed to the mic input from the MA-100.

To prevent going into standby after 5 minutes, do not put tape in the camcorder. Use the remote to ruen off the on screen display in the analog output.
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