Using an External Microphone (VIXIA HF G20)
Article ID: ART138982 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015
 

Description

Using an External Microphone (VIXIA HF G20)

Solution

When recording in very quiet surroundings, the built-in microphone may pick up the sound of the camcorders machinery. When recording outside, the built-in microphone may pick up excessive noise from wind. In such cases, we recommend using an external microphone with a wind screen.
IMPORTANT
The setting procedure for the VIXIA HF G20 is shown as an example.

Using the SM-V1 Surround Microphone or DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone

Using the SM-V1 you can add a sense of depth and presence to your recordings with 5.1ch surround sound. Using the DM-100 you can accurately record audio coming directly from the direction you are recording.

Attaching an external microphone (The optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone is used as an example.)

Open the mini advanced shoe cover.

Attach the optional accessory to the mini advanced shoe.

When a compatible accessory is attached to the mini advanced shoe, [ ] will appear on the screen.
When using the SM-V1 or DM-100, it is advisable to attach a wind screen to prevent extraneous noise from the wind.
NOTE
  • When an external microphone is connected to the camcorder, [Wind Screen] will automatically be set to [Off ].
  • If the audio level is too high and the sound gets distorted, adjust the audio recording level manually.
  • When using the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone:
- Change the microphones directionality mode with the [Surround Mic Directionality] setting.
- You can enjoy the full effect of recordings made with 5.1ch surround sound on HDTVs compatible with 5.1ch surround sound connected to the camcorder using the supplied HDMI cable. Audio output from the AV OUT/ terminal (including headphone output) will be converted to 2ch stereo. The camcorders built-in speaker is monaural.

Using the WM-V1 Wireless Microphone

Using the WM-V1 you can reliably record sound even when recording subjects at a distance exceeding the practical range of the built-in microphone. You can also mix and record audio from the WM-V1 with audio from the built-in microphone.
For details about using the WM-V1, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the microphone.

Using Commercially Available Microphones

You can also use commercially available condenser microphones with their own power supply and a cable no longer than 3 m. You can connect almost any stereo microphone with a 3.5 mm plug but audio recording levels may vary.


NOTE
  • If connecting an external microphone, select [MIC Terminal Input] from the menu and set it to [Microphone].
  • If necessary, activate and adjust the audio mix balance with the [Audio Mix] setting.
  • When an external microphone is connected to the camcorder, [Wind Screen] will automatically be set to [Off ].
  • If the audio level is too high and the sound gets distorted, adjust the audio recording level manually or activate the microphone attenuator with the [Microphone Attenuator] setting.
  • When using an external microphone, make sure that the jacket covering above the plug is smaller than 9.5 mm.

SIMS Doc Id

8201100700