I was given 2 tapes that were shot on a Varicam. When I play the tapes on a borrowed AJ-HD1200A, the meters are in the red. Audio sounds nasty. Does this deck have output control like a PVW2800? The pots look like they're just for input. Could this be fixed on a deck with output volume levels or is the audio ruined?
No idea. The producer left for India & customs wouldn't let the camera guy go. So she had to find a crew there. She questioned the DP multiple times about the audio, but he repeatedly said it was OK. At first,they didn't have headphones, just the camera speaker. She'll probably have to hire someone over there to re-shoot and she's already over budget because they overcharged her for the shoot. They seen her coming a mile away!
[Donato M. Rondinelli]"At first,they didn't have headphones, just the camera speaker"
I'm pretty certain that camera speaker sounds distorted at all times so they would have no way to knowing if the audio was distorted.
We have had instances of people submitting stories for a news series we edit here where we can literally see the audio person with headphones on, but the audio is completely overdriven and distorted. there's definitely some issues out there with folks having no clue what they are doing with a/v equipment.
Walter Biscardi, Jr.
Editor, Colorist, Director, Writer, Consultant, Author. HD Post and Production Biscardi Creative Media