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Bruce Brent
distribution amp out to video camera (3.5mm mic input)
on Mar 19, 2013 at 4:21:37 pm

XLR cable with a 3.5mm adapter to mic in on my video camera: will this work or do I need any other hardware to record sound with the video?


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John Fishback
Re: distribution amp out to video camera (3.5mm mic input)
on Mar 19, 2013 at 6:49:33 pm

Depends on the mic. Dynamics should work, but condensers that need phantom power won't, unless they have an external power supply (or a mixer supplying phantom power). All that's assuming the camera is looking for mic level inputs not line level. What camera are you using?

John

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Bruce Brent
Re: distribution amp out to video camera (3.5mm mic input)
on Mar 19, 2013 at 7:49:33 pm

John, no Mic is being used. Music from the amp's line out to my Sony Handycam TD10 3D videocam. Mic input.

Will there be too much power through the cable into the mic input?

Thanks for your initial response.


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John Fishback
Re: distribution amp out to video camera (3.5mm mic input)
on Mar 19, 2013 at 8:11:46 pm

If you can't switch the cam to a line input, you"ll need a pad to lower the gain to mic level. Markertek has good pricing and lots of choices. Getting a pad with switchable amounts of reduction gives you more flexibility. If you're handy you can make a pad yourself. Google to find simple plans.

In a way you're at the mercy of the board op since you don't know if he'll suddenly raise the gain out of the board, thereby, causing the audio to clip (distort) because it's too loud. One of the advantages of having a mixer between you and the board is many have limiters that act to prevent clipping from happening.

John

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