Sunday, December 10, 2006

Time for a Bleg

A "bleg" is a blog beg, for those of you not in the know. Here's the deal: I'm having far more difficulty getting an external mike to work with my Canon ZR 200 than I had imagined possible. The ZR 200 has inputs for external video and stereo audio, via a plug that came with it. The plug has RCA inputs for audio and video, and works fine when I attach something like a VCR to it. It also works fine with the bullet cam attached as you've no doubt seen in previous posts. But... I just can't get it to work with an external microphone. I tried a passive mike, a powered lapel mike, and a powered lapel mike run through an amplifier. Nothing seems to generate any sound into the camcorder. I even tried unplugging the RCA audio plugs from the camcorder and plugging them into a stereo. Still no audio. I'm now quite sure there is something I'm missing in my Lego-style glomming together of cables, adaptors, and microphones.

The fundamental question is this: how can I get an audio signal from a powered lapel microphone with a 1/8" stereo mini-plug into an RCA plug audio recorder?

1 comment:

  1. You should be able to get an adapter at Radio Shack, if not, they'll have the jack and plugs to build your own- VERY easy.