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Old January 9th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #1
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ANY way to get 4 channels into a PMW-300?

I was very excited when I read the PMW-300 had 4 channels of audio despite 2 XLRs. I was hoping that there was some sort of Aux audio IN where I can fashion 2 more lav receivers. Alas that's not the case. But has anyone manage to figure out a way to get 4 audio channels into the 300?

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Old January 10th, 2014, 12:32 AM   #2
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Re: ANY way to get 4 channels into a PMW-300?

i dont think so, I tried.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 12:39 AM   #3
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Re: ANY way to get 4 channels into a PMW-300?

I don't quite get the point of having 4 channels when only 2 inputs can be used then.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 01:30 AM   #4
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Re: ANY way to get 4 channels into a PMW-300?

well I guess Sony is thinking that the camera mic left and right is great fro ambient sound and 1 and 2 channels for external but that sucks compared to a good stereo shotgun and 2 xlrs.

If you want we can start a pmw-300 gripe thread I have a few.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 03:11 AM   #5
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Re: ANY way to get 4 channels into a PMW-300?

Tell me more Brent - I just bought one! Get it on Tuesday.

1. I know about the silly position of the shoulder pad release catch (i.e. inaccessible with a tripod plate on the camera…silly Sony).

2. Back on sound, I've heard that the onboard mic is particularly awful on the PMW-300 in that it picks up all the handling noise (but to be honest I was not expecting much from any in-built mic).

I have read that you can assign channels 1 & 2 or 3 & 4 to be fed from it (at different levels) but I do agree it seems silly to have 4 channel recording capability with only 2 (XLR) inputs. My guess is I'll just carry on using the 2 XLR channels in the same way I always have, but at least now in 24 Bit to give me a bit more headroom in post.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 07:00 AM   #6
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Re: ANY way to get 4 channels into a PMW-300?

You might find this video I produced a few months ago helpful.

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Old January 10th, 2014, 08:42 AM   #7
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Thanks Doug! Very useful and clear.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 01:53 PM   #8
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Re: ANY way to get 4 channels into a PMW-300?

well here are a couple of things that I dont get.

1. 1/4 / 20 thread mount on back handle and a hot shoe in the front. now they send you a kit to make the rear a hot shoe but no way to make the front a 1/4 /20 mount. plain dumb not to make both 1/4-20 and if they want provide hots hoe kits

2. the viewfinder release and lock is a pain to get to and doesnt always stay tight ( also the viewfinder cable is a pain )

3.They changed the battery communication once again, so most ( not all) Aftermarket batterys with dtap's dont work with out tricking the camera with a voltage adapter. Pure nonsense and if Sonly wants you to buy sony batterys add a dtap to camera or battery. Its ridiculous

4. I would love to see some Db marks in the viewfinder, why they dont or cant do this I dont know.

5. tripod plate thing you know

6. why cant we have no camera intergrated mic but a connection up front for the shotgun mic and 2 xlrs.

thats all for now, I like the camera but they come so close to being great.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 02:18 PM   #9
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Re: ANY way to get 4 channels into a PMW-300?

Good thoughts Brent. I will add mine when I have had some hands on time.

I have owned a few cams that are so close to being great apart from some really silly design and/or marketing department choices so I guess the PMW-300 will be no different.

Why don't these camera manufacturers listen!
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