Two sound inputs on HDR-HC9E

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GrantHorizons
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Usually I work with a V-1, but have an HDR-HC9E as a number 2 safety camera. For a mountain trip I'm doing in September it will be my number one and only.

BUT the sound isn't much for what I'm doing (shooting for a DVD series)

I'd like to use my Rode NTG2 and Sennheiser radio mic (both have XLR OR 3.5mm stereo outputs) with it. BUT - there's only one input stereo socket on the camera.

Has anyone any suggestions?

A juicedlink or beachtek is bigger and heavier than I want, though they'd do the job - but this is a TRAVEL LIGHT expedition.

Ideally 3.5 mm input and output! :)

thanks for any input!

Grant

www.HorizonsUnlimited.com
Creating "How-To Ride your motorcycle around the World" DVD's:
Sony HVR-V1E, Sennheiser EW112-P G2 Video System, Rode NTG-1, Gekko-Lite

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Wire up your own 2x 3.5mm sockets to a 3.5mm Stereo jack plug? (assuming they're both on camera.)

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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GrantHorizons
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The Azden looks good - should do the job - thanks!

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GrantHorizons wrote:
The Azden looks good - should do the job - thanks!

I think you are right and it looks quite flexible too as you get ch1+3 as split L+R and ch3 is stereo, it is also passive so no batteries to worry about.
I may get one myself for my HF11 so that I can put two G2 radio mics into it.

Dave R Smith
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mooblie wrote:
Wire up your own 2x 3.5mm sockets to a 3.5mm Stereo jack plug? (assuming they're both on camera.)

Hi Grant

I used to have similar need on Canon XM2, local music shop wired up various cables for me
e.g. 2 xlr inputs to 1 * 3.5mm outputs.
One thing you need to check is whether your camera can adjust the input signal, if it can, it probably does is as a whole (left and right) but this will mean compromise in practice as you will need to adjust the 2 channels independently.

Better to have some form of control over this. Can't speak for the Azden, but its more bulk, but then as you know good audio is critical and you usually don't know how good it is until playback. I assume you'll be taking earphones/headphones to ensure signal not boosted to distortion.

Slightly off topic:
I'm a cyclist, rather than a biker and enjoy adventure / travel / skiing. That was the reason I moved from IT into video production to give more time/scope for this.
I also enjoy adventure travel programs - including bikers such as Nick Sanders global rider, 'Long Way ***'.
I also met up with Frank Butler for a few days when he was preparing for his African Leg of a world tour who filmed his solo trip, though haven't seen the output yet.

Anyway..love your website, enticing and exciting newspaper format.

I'm not sure if you are a man or a mouse.;)
You are introduced as having Gold medals in Adrenalin, then when I read the 'England' page to get an outsiders perspective on our country, it seems you don't ride when it rains and complain of the cold?

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Dave R Smith wrote:
Hi Grant

I used to have similar need on Canon XM2, local music shop wired up various cables for me
e.g. 2 xlr inputs to 1 * 3.5mm outputs.
One thing you need to check is whether your camera can adjust the input signal, if it can, it probably does is as a whole (left and right) but this will mean compromise in practice as you will need to adjust the 2 channels independently.

Better to have some form of control over this. Can't speak for the Azden, but its more bulk, but then as you know good audio is critical and you usually don't know how good it is until playback. I assume you'll be taking earphones/headphones to ensure signal not boosted to distortion.

Good point on the individual adjustability, will check - probably not though! The Azden's good point is you can adjust the channels, and yes headphones - ultra compacts - will be a necessity. Friends will think I'm nuts, but too bad - sound IS critical!

Dave R Smith wrote:
Slightly off topic:
I'm a cyclist, rather than a biker and enjoy adventure / travel / skiing. That was the reason I moved from IT into video production to give more time/scope for this.
I also enjoy adventure travel programs - including bikers such as Nick Sanders global rider, 'Long Way ***'.
I also met up with Frank Butler for a few days when he was preparing for his African Leg of a world tour who filmed his solo trip, though haven't seen the output yet.

Anyway..love your website, enticing and exciting newspaper format.

I'm not sure if you are a man or a mouse.;)
You are introduced as having Gold medals in Adrenalin, then when I read the 'England' page to get an outsiders perspective on our country, it seems you don't ride when it rains and complain of the cold?

Thanks - glad you like the site - we do cater to bicycles as well as motorcycles and 4wd travellers - it's all about wheeled adventure travel!

Re riding in the rain - I reread that - http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/johnson/England.shtml - couldn't think what you were on about! :confused:

MANY many years ago, and many times over, I proved repeatedly how stupid I can be - I rode every day for over 5 years in Vancouver - which has weather that makes England look tropical. Three feet of snow on a 750 Dunstall Norton makes me a non-mouse - over 40 years of stupid things on bikes makes me smarter than any mouse! Finally...

We ride in the rain frequently - but would rather not. Just got back from Switzerland and a full days riding in pouring rain on very tight mountain passes. Fun - hmm, maybe not the best. One slip and it's a very long way down. :eek: Sunny and warm would have been better! :)

If you like adventure travel programs, see "The Achievable Dream - the Motorcycle Adventure Travel Guide" we are currently producing. We have two of the set done, with two more to go. Inspiration and information plus!

see you on the road...

Grant

www.HorizonsUnlimited.com
Creating "How-To Ride your motorcycle around the World" DVD's:
Sony HVR-V1E, Sennheiser EW112-P G2 Video System, Rode NTG-1, Gekko-Lite

Dave R Smith
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GrantHorizons wrote:
Re riding in the rain - I reread that - http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/johnson/England.shtml - couldn't think what you were on about! :confused:
..
see you on the road...

Grant

Hi Grant,

Just a friendly dig...I wasn't being serious..
"May 23, 1996 - Tonbridge (near London)
>We've holed up in Tonbridge, southeast of London, to await better weather ...
eather here is wet and cold. ...We have to leave tomorrow, and rain is predicted on and off, .. if the weather gets really frightful, we can find a restaurant "

Thank-you for the link with video sample..

Mondo Enduro contribution.. saw this on tv years back, knocked my socks off, a real sense of freedom rather than a film crew staging shots etc.
Frank Butler.. I guessed you'd know him, but to see him in your clip had me burst out laughing.. made my day.

>see you on the road...
Yes, hope so.. though I'll probably be eating your dust.

Best wishes.

Dave.