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- May 17, 2010 at 1:52 AM #44285AnonymousInactive
I can’t finda beachtek adapter specifically designedfor my camcorder like I canfor different models -can Ijust use any xlr beachtek adapterI find and it will work with my camcorder? from what i read, it seems that some are designed “to fit neatly underneath” a specific camcorder, and that seems to be one of the only differences,…what happens if I get one that doesn’t fit neatly underneath my model…will it still work, or will it be an issue that it doesn’t fit neatly? This may be a very silly question – I’ve never used the xlr adapters before nor have I seen them in action.
- May 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM #185476
Yes, the BeachTek adapters allow you to use mics that have an XLR connection with your camera that only has a 1/8′ connection. These kinds of adapters all work the same. So you should be good to go, even if it doesn’t PERFECTLY fit nicely under your camera.
- May 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM #185477
Not sure if this is the one you’re looking at, but this one is supposed to be universal:
- May 17, 2010 at 2:45 PM #185478AnonymousInactive
ah, thank you!! i almost got one on ebay that had RCA connections instead of the 1/8′ connection, but wasnt sure whether or not adding an RCA-to-mini jack converter would have messed up sound quality so I passed on it – it’s passed now, but do you know if one like that would have worked?
- May 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM #185479
In theory XLR to RCA to 1/8″ should work, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
- May 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM #185480birdcatParticipant
Just remember that at this stage, the audio is analog and each connection (like RCA to 1/8″) will degrade the signal. I would go with the one that Rob suggested.
- May 17, 2010 at 4:17 PM #185481AnonymousInactive
great, all good to know – thanks to you both.
- May 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM #185482AnonymousInactive
i’ve actually been looking to pick one of these up.. Does anyone know if it has a spot for the tripod plate on the bottom? i would assume it would, but just didnt see anything about it..
- May 19, 2010 at 7:57 PM #185483EarlCMember
Yes, the BeachTek and most similar adaptors are equipped to be tripod mounted. Some units also offer a box-like sleeve that is mounted to the tripod plate, then the adaptor is placed inside – OK, I suppose, if you’re doing a lockdown shot and not needing to relocate or move.
The BeachTek DXA-2T, for example, has a tripod socket. While I’ve not researched all the models, I would suspect they have tripod sockets as well.
- May 19, 2010 at 8:13 PM #185484AnonymousInactive
awesome, thanks for the info EarlC! I hope to pick one up to use with my canon hv40..
- May 19, 2010 at 11:11 PM #185485EarlCMember
The Canon HV40 is one sweet little worker. I know a number of folks who are very successful in business and event video production who use this tape-based baby. I read recently where someone also utilized an external card reader/recorder and rigged up a way to shoot from the 40 to SDHC – dunno if that is even possible, but someone somewhere said so. If so, that would eliminate worries about diminishing MiniDV tape availability.
- May 21, 2010 at 2:42 PM #185486AnonymousInactive
yeah so far i like the HV40, i’ve only used to film a few small stuff, but hopefully once i get a nice tripod, i can start some more in depth projects. As for the 40 to SDHC, that would be amazing. Ill have to search around for info on that.
- August 4, 2010 at 12:41 AM #185487moviediggityParticipant
I need help. I have a signpost xlr adapter that I am using in conjunction with a GL2 and Audiotechnica 8035 mic. Can someone please give me step by step instructions on the best way to set this up?
- August 4, 2010 at 6:40 AM #185488scubajamParticipant
Not familiar with Signpost XLR adapter. Is it like Beachtek? XLR adapters come in 2 flavors: those with phantom power, and those without. Your mic requires power; can use phantom power, or internal battery, but you’ll get almost nothing without one or the other. If XLR adapter has 48v phantom power, turn it on, plug mic in; screw adapter into tripod mount under camera, plug in 1/8″ output from adapter into camera mic input, and you are good to go. If your adapter does not have phantom power, then either use a dynamic mic, or with the 8035, put a battery in and turn on the power (read the mic manual). Set your levels on the adapter and on the camera. Note: if the Signpost you have is simply a cable converting XLR to 1/8″ plug, turn the battery on at the mic and it should work. Or, get a dynamic mic and those should all work, butneither as good as an adapter than matches impedance, sets levels, etc.
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