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How can I tell if my microphone is working?
« on: September 02, 2014, 02:54:47 PM »
Hi guys,

I've been asked to video a friend's wedding in a few weeks, so I have purchased a cheap stereo mic from Ebay. It's a SG-108. I think it doesn't work, as the on switch is a bit iffy, but how can I tell on a 5d iii if the mic is working and the sound isn't coming from the in-camera mic?  I have recorded some footage with the mic in and removed it mid way through and I noticed no difference in sound quality. Any thoughts?

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How can I tell if my microphone is working?
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Re: How can I tell if my microphone is working?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 08:13:04 PM »
Usually if anything plugs into the mic jack it will cut off the internal camera mic even if no sound is coming through the plugin mic. What I would do to test it is record video with out the external mic and tap/rub the camera mic that is located directly above the EOS 5D emblem. In this video you will hear loud noises as your finger interrupts the mic. Do the same thing again in another video but with the external mic plugged in. If the external mic is plugged in and you tap the camera mic just above the EOS 5D emblem and hear little/no interference, then the external mic is working and active. How cheap was the mic? You honestly may not notice too much difference on a super cheap mic. It also depends on what your shooting.
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Re: How can I tell if my microphone is working?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2014, 06:20:06 AM »
good post............



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Re: How can I tell if my microphone is working?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2014, 06:20:06 AM »