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Old March 4th, 2004, 09:48 PM   #1
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does dv852 have line-in?

hello
i just bought a dv852
and wondering if it has a line-in
i know it has mic-in but is the
av in/out jack the same as line-in?

what i want to do is use rca to mini cable
from a mixer and video tape a live speech
(i can't setup my own microphone but can
get a feed from one of the hired sound people)

would i plug into mic-in or is it best to use line-in?

thanks for any help
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Old March 5th, 2004, 06:35 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the 852, having a DV953 instead. But, if it has both mic and AV in, I suggest using the AV in from the sound board or you may overdrive the mic in circuit. Are you going to have control over the levels or are you dependent on the sound board operator? My 953 has manual audio controls but I'm not sure about the 852. Also, you may want to disable your onboard mics.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 09:06 AM   #3
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thanks for the reply

no
i won't have control over the sound board
i'll be a slave to whatever they put out
and i know that the dv852 does not have
any manual sound levels

i've been reading the manual
and it looks like the av in/out jack is for audio dubbing so i still don't know if this is a line-in
and will work for my purposes

i would test it out but it's kind of a setup on the spot sort of event
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Old March 5th, 2004, 12:40 PM   #4
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Carol,
I can't see any reason why the AV in would only be for audio dubbing. I would consider that to typically be for a complete sound track coming from VCR/TV or another analog source, not just for dubbing.

You could get an external mixer and control the signal level into the mic jack. There are certainly XLR to 3.5mm adapters out there that should be usable. Would make it easier to connect from the sound board to the camcorder because I expect the sound board to have an XLR connector. They aren't cheap, however, but may be useful if you intend to do this sort of thing routinely.
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