vx9000e mic/battery problem

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by izzyorion, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. izzyorion macrumors newbie

    izzyorion

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    Hi all,

    I recently aquired a Sony VX9000E from an ad posted on mandy.com, it was sold as seen and was a bargain so I bought it.

    I have a few problems with the camera though -

    The on board mic does not work - it only records a type of static (kinda like theres a loose connection and I'm fiddling with the cable constantly, obviously I'm not as its attached) NOTE - it has a mini jack input and using my sennheiser shotgun mic plugged in through here I can achieve decent audio - I would just like to be able to use the on board mic!

    The battery has been modified - what I mean by this is the previous owner has re-wired where the battery used to connect to the camera and it now takes much larger battery's than the originals. This wouldn't be a problem except with the new batteries I cannot attach the power cable so when the battery dies, I'm done. I'm finding this hard to explain so if you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me know and I'll post some photos of the 'modification'!

    Also I'm based in Cardiff, Wales, UK so if anyone knows of a cheap place to get any of the above problems fixed could you let me know!

    Thanks!
     
  2. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

    rjphoto

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    I've never been very fond of on board mics myself. They seem to always pick up the every little movement from the zoom and hand strap.

    Does it have a place to attach a mini shotgun mic? (I could not find pics of that model.)
    I used another model Sony a couple of weeks ago and thats the way it was set up. There was a mic and 2 XLR plugs on this extra rig that mounted on the front (not hot) shoe and then had a plug that plugged into the "HOT" shoe.

    The mini shotgun picked up great, but for the interviews I was shooting, I used 2 Sony lavs plugged into the 2 XLRs (couldn't use the shot gun at the same time, though.)

    AS for the battery issue, I'm at a loss. If it is Jerry-Rigged maybe you can find a good electronics guy that can un-do it.
     
  3. izzyorion thread starter macrumors newbie

    izzyorion

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    thanks for that, as I said in my first post I can achieve decent audio through a shotgun mic plugged in through the mini jack (no xlr sadly) but I also have a mountable light that I would like to use here (cant use it the same time as the shotgun mic as it mounts in the same place)


    here are a few pics of the battery setup...
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  4. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

    rjphoto

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    What a rig

    That's the ugliest battery set up I think I have ever seen... and I've made some pretty ugly ones in my day.

    How long does that thing last?

    When the battery is not in use, can you plug A/C into the camera at the same location or another spot?

    How old it the camera itself? It looks like in its day it was a pretty high end unit.
     

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