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Old February 14th, 2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Is there an alternative audio capture for V1?

Hi, does anyone bypass the Sony V1 pre-amp to capture audio, eg, to a Zoom portable digital recorder, or any other device, eg, Nagra; thus avoiding the HDV audio compression, and recording in non-compressed .wav format? Would be great to learn your experiences and how you sync the audio to the hdv clip in your NLE software.

Or whether this is a silly idea.

I use the V1 mainly for interviewing people - mainly static but a lot of moving shots recently (eg, interviewing a person riding a horse).

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Old February 14th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #2
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I dont at the moment, but once I have the kit I will be recording audio separately

Why? Because the camera is there to do the image. And sound is sometimes a side thought. There is not the controls, mixing and as you said the HDV compression issues.

I plan to use separate sound mixer and recording device and then sync them together using a clapper in the NLE program.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 02:04 PM   #3
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Niall, having recorded bands and mixed for CD, it was an eye opener to read about HDV audio compression, and on the V1 experience the noise levels of the pre-amps. Even for a budget vocal session I would use a 500 ($1000) mic into a 1000 pre-amp / compressor and record at 24bit 44Khz uncompressed.

I dont think this is anything against the V1 (as no doubt all HDV cameras at this price range have the same audio limitations) but I am not satisfied with recording direct to the V1 pre-amps. So my question on whether anyones used an alternative method.

I want to record direct to say a Zoom recorder, but I wonder if there are any synchronisation issues between video and audio?

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