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Hi all, anybody have an idea how I can mute the microphone on a Panasonic HC-720? Just purchased it to do some videos but want to do my own voice overs and add music. Maybe through editing software? Thanks

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Hi all, anybody have an idea how I can mute the microphone on a Panasonic HC-720? Just purchased it to do some videos but want to do my own voice overs and add music. Maybe through editing software? Thanks

Anything like that is done in post-production, on your ocmputer.

You shoot normally, transfer the files to your computer and, using an editing program such as Sony Vegas Platinum or Adobe Premiere Elements, you can color/enhance the image, add text, music, etc.

In the editor, you just mute the original audio track from the camcorder, add additional audio on a separate track...when done editing, you render out a final file whicih will only contain what you tell the program to include.

Download trial versions of software before you buy. Search terms like "Sony Vegas Platinum trial", "Adobe Premiere Elements trial", "video edit software trial"..

I don;t know about the other programs, but Sony Vegas has a "show me how" tutorial feature that walks beginners through the steps of doing a task. You can also type search terms into YouTube for tutorials/info: "[editing software name] + [info on particular software task]".. e.g.: "Sony Vegas Platinum add text".
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Thanks. Kinda thought that would be the way to go. I'll have to see if HD-Writer which came with the camcorder can do that. Otherwise will check out the other software. Thanks again.

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HD Writer does a few things very well, but it does not offer much in the way of audio management. It does not do any in my three year old version!

I don't know Sony software at all, but Premier Elements 10, 11 and probably 12 let you manage up to 99 audio tracks -- at least in theory. I've managed as many as three. Not only can you mute the track from the camera, but you can "Unlink" it and then completely delete it.

I have a three year old Panasonic camcorder. For one project I muted it by inserting the right sized mini plug without wires into the mic jack, switching to manual audio control and minimizing the volume.

Deleting it in software is much easier!

Bill
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