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HV-20 internal MIC picks up motor noise?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I've had my HV-20 for a few days now, and I've noticed that every single clip contains motor noise from the tape (audio noise, not video). It is also sensitive enough to pick up all of my clicks on the joystick on the rear (selecting fades, adjusting exposure)

Anyone else notice this? Is this a matter of turning down the sensitivity, or is an external mic the only way to avoid the tape noise?

Thanks.
-Kevin
post #2 of 11
Kevin, are you always shooting in a quiet room? Do you also hear this outside with normal ambient noise? If you still hear these noises outside, something doesn't seem right.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
So far, it's been inside only...shots of the kids playing... I did get about 15 seconds of a couple of deer in my backyard. I'll have to check that for the same noise...

It's certainly very obvious on the inside shots.
post #4 of 11
Hey KevinG,

I get motor and button pushing sounds on my recordings, more noticeable on recordings done indoors than outdoors. It's been suggested in other threads to use external mikes for better quality sound, with the Rodes brand being recommended.
post #5 of 11
I was getting severe noise from the tape spinning while recording. It was pretty loud and could be heard on all my recordings. What I did was fast forward and rewind the tape a few times. My reasoning was that the tape mechanism just needed to be "broken in" a bit. After doing this the sound went completely away. I haven't heard it since.

I can still however hear the clicking of the joystick when filming in a quiet location.
post #6 of 11
I have a Canon DM-50 microphone coming that I will review in a few days.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by ColorChange View Post

I have a Canon DM-50 microphone coming that I will review in a few days.

Looking forward to your thoughts on the DM-50, I have considered one also.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by ersatz View Post

I was getting severe noise from the tape spinning while recording. It was pretty loud and could be heard on all my recordings. What I did was fast forward and rewind the tape a few times. My reasoning was that the tape mechanism just needed to be "broken in" a bit. After doing this the sound went completely away. I haven't heard it since.

I can still however hear the clicking of the joystick when filming in a quiet location.

That's interesting ersatz. Can you please upload some silent room sound ?

Thank you
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses...I'm going to try the fastforward/rewind trick (that used to be suggested on new tapes anyway, right?) and await the review of the external mic.

Thanks again.
-Kevin
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by photoguru View Post

That's interesting ersatz. Can you please upload some silent room sound ?

Thank you

I'll try to get some test footage today.
post #11 of 11
Sorry for taking so long. Here is a short clip in as quiet a room as I could find.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9CH8LDL2

About half way thru you hear a relatively loud sound, that is someone downstairs slamming their door. Towards the end you could also hear the clicking of the joystick.

Try not to pay attention to the video quality. This was taken in a VERY dark room so it looks really bad. Also there seems to be a hiccup in the video as well, but I'm thinking this is due to the fact that when I downloaded this video to my PC the PC was also multitasking doing about 5 other processor heavy things.

Hope this helps.
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