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Old May 12, 2011, 10:34 AM   #1
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While I own a great HD video camera, I have been experimenting with the D3100 video feature. Is there any way to adjust the audio from the microphone so it doesnt distort which sound is too loud? for instance, I am a DJ and take video, the sound is distorted when I play the videos back because I am very close to a speaker which is loud.

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Try going into Shooting Menu and then down to Movie Settings and then choose the option to turn off sound recording.
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While I own a great HD video camera, I have been experimenting with the D3100 video feature. Is there any way to adjust the audio from the microphone so it doesnt distort which sound is too loud? for instance, I am a DJ and take video, the sound is distorted when I play the videos back because I am very close to a speaker which is loud.

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Definitely you would want to reduce the audio gain.

But to be honest I dont think there is such option in D3100

(bcoz even as new as my D7000 doesnt have the option)


But for D7000 which can use ext. mic, there is a workaround

Use the gain-control in the ext. mic

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Yes I know I need to adjust the gain but there is no option. Is there some kind of workaround for the d3100?
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Yes I know I need to adjust the gain but there is no option. Is there some kind of workaround for the d3100?
Cover the mic hole with some soft tissue or cloth.

I think you could filter out some bass noise

But not those high-pitch sounds which might get thru the tissue.
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the issue is sound distortion when the audio is over-driven. does anyone know what I could cover the mic with that wouldnt look stupid?
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Old May 17, 2011, 11:41 AM   #7
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the issue is sound distortion when the audio is over-driven. does anyone know what I could cover the mic with that wouldnt look stupid?
To be honest, sometimes I use tissue paper as "flash diffuser" for the built-in flash. The result is perfect. But would also attract some curious eyes too.
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Definitely you would want to reduce the audio gain.

But to be honest I dont think there is such option in D3100

(bcoz even as new as my D7000 doesnt have the option)


But for D7000 which can use ext. mic, there is a workaround

Use the gain-control in the ext. mic
I was wrong

I just browsed the D7000 User Manual and found there is an Audio Sensitivity option.
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I was wrong

I just browsed the D7000 User Manual and found there is an Audio Sensitivity option.
yes in the 7000 there is BUT I have a 3100 and there isnt
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yes in the 7000 there is BUT I have a 3100 and there isnt
The other option would be software based after the fact. Adobe Premere Elements. Can adjust the gain on the selected audio track, delete portions of the track, insert voice-over, add background music, etc.

On my D90, unless there is a good reason for audio - like an interview or performance - I typically turn audio off and handle it in post.

Also, a freeware program designed for audio only - Audacity 1.3 (beta). I think you can still get v1.2. I got it to create audio tracks as Adobe didn't like my USB microphone.

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