Noisy camera

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steve5
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Hi All

I love my HV 30, but does anyone else who owns one notice how damm noisy the thing is, I cant keep the mic anywhere near it when recording in quiet situations so I was wondering, what are the solid state and SD card type cameras like, do they make a whinning noise when recording or are they quiet.
Cheers Steve

MAGLINK
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All the solid state cameras I have are totally silent, the noise you hear is the head drum turning and the tape mechanism running the tape through. Hard disk camera's also make some noise but for totally silent solid state is the way to go.

Alan Roberts
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S'right, no moving parts=no noise.

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Dave Jervis
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The Panasonic TM or SD 700 series cameras have got a cooling fan which can be heard sometimes (quiet interiors when using the built in mic for instance). The noise is not quite as loud as a tape mechanism in my opinion.

I understand that the cooling is quieter on the recently updated cameras (the 900 series).

dave

tom hardwick
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Card cameras only dispense with the tape drive mechanism, they still have mortors for the iris and focus and zoom, and Steadyshot is notorious for the noise it makes. Then there's the TM700 fan noise...

steve5
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Yes solid state, or even better CF card does look very good, do you think if I do a week of ironing and housework the missus will buy me the new Canon XF 100 mmmm drool drool.
Steve

Ben Longden
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An off camera mic will reduce not only camera motor noise, but all the clunks associated with using the camera....

Oh, Steve, IF you agreed to doing the washing and ironing, and folding, as well as ALL the housework (toilets included) as well as garden and yard duties for a MINIMUM of ten years, she MIGHT let you have a camera IN TEN YEARS ! *LOL*

steve5
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Cheers Ben, but have you ever tried to self boom when the kids are running all over the place. Any way I now have my eye on the Canon XA10, not yet available in the UK but Park cameras have a pre order price of £1600, very good for what you get, check it out on You Tube it looks amazing 2 XLR connectors, 2 memory card slots, amazing picture, good low light performane, 60 gig hard drive and what looks like uncompressed AVCHD (Someone might correct me here) which should be easier to edit with a Core 2 duo, this is the type of camera I would have designed years ago if I worked for Canon, right where's that hoover it's back to work,
Steve

Ben Longden
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The Harry Potter method (broom closet) works well with the kids, leaving you a clear sound area.... *lol*

If you are after an interview with someone and there are lots of kids running around, why not opt for that industry standard... the radio lav?

Running a boom really does need a second person, and to be honest, someone on the set who does not want to be on camera, but wants to be involved, can, with quick instruction make an excellent boomie.

col lamb
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Solid state AVCHD have a few issues apart from the high compression editing the files does require a high spec PC.

A PC with a 2 core CPU will struggle, even if it is 3GHz +, a 4 or 6 core of 3GHz + is preferred if realtime playback is required of native AVCHD files.

I record AVCHD on a small Sony TG3, a Panny 151 and a Canon 7D........noise is not a problem from the auto focus or image stabilizer mechanisms.

Transcoding the native AVCHD files will help but it all depends upon the PC's component, some systems work OK others do not

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