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No audio with external mike

tweaver113
Apprentice

Using brand new VIXIA R500 camcorder, auto mode.  Normal audio with built-in mike.  Normal audio with headphones.  But when I plug in external mike, there is no audio, and level meter doesn't move.  True for headset mike, and brand new Nikon ME-1 mike.  Can you help?

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RODE Stereo mike arrived today, it works perfectly!  The difference is it has a built in 9V battery.  That's one more thing to crap out in a middle of a shoot, but I'll live with that.  RODE is higher price, but regarded as the defacto standard.  Next step is shooting outdoors on a windy day, see how much noise supression there is.  That's the whole reason I went with external mike.

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Richard
Product Expert
Product Expert

Hi Tweaver113,

 

From your description, it sounds like the microphone may not be compatible with the camcorder.  Here are the specifications for external microphones:

  • 3.5 mm stereo minijack
  • -57 dBV (with 600 Ohm microphone)/5 kilohms or more

I recommend checking with the manufacturer to ensure that it's compatible with the VIXIA HF R500.

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RODE Stereo mike arrived today, it works perfectly!  The difference is it has a built in 9V battery.  That's one more thing to crap out in a middle of a shoot, but I'll live with that.  RODE is higher price, but regarded as the defacto standard.  Next step is shooting outdoors on a windy day, see how much noise supression there is.  That's the whole reason I went with external mike.

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