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Old August 9th, 2007, 07:43 AM   #1
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please help me understand V1's soft audio

okay... here's what I'm talking about:

I ran a test yesterday using my great Shure studio condensor mike... which I do all voiceovers with and know it's response quit well.

Now, on my Canon XL2, it I set the audio so that peaks are at 0db (never mind whether I SHOULD do that) the peaks are at 0db and the manual gain control on the camera is about 7. That's fine, that's what I'm used to on any other camera I've ever used (except for the V1). When I import my video from the XL2 into Premiere Pro 2.0, the peaks are still at 0db.

Now, same set up with the V1. Peaking at 0db, although to get that I have to run the manual gain all the way open to 10 to get it. But I could live with that EXCEPT...

when imported into Premiere Pro 2, the audio now peaks at -12db???

THAT is what's a bugging me? Can Brother Spotted Eagle or anyone else PLEASE tell me why the V1 has such soft audio and what to do about it?

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Old August 9th, 2007, 07:48 AM   #2
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Ralph, according to some sources, -12dB is where they should be with 'professional HDV' audio. I personally have found that the apparent softness is not the real problemm with the V1 audio, see here:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showpost....20&postcount=1

The professionally recorded sound track I got from the radio crew, when fed into Vegas, peaked exactly around -12dB as well!
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Thanks, Piotr... I read your posting... this is not encouraging about the sound on the V1.

Does anyone know if Sony has officially addressed this yet?

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Old August 9th, 2007, 08:42 AM   #4
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The professionally recorded sound track I got from the radio crew, when fed into Vegas, peaked exactly around -12dB as well!
Well, -12db is too danged LOW. ;-)

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Old August 9th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #5
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-12db is a good target point for your audio so you have some wiggle room to prevent clipping peaks. I do agree that a 0db peak on your camera should not be a -12db peak in your NLE. Unfortunately, I can not help you there.
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