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  • Digital camera audio input levels?

    Posted by Bob Mark on September 15, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Hi everybody. What recording level do you set for tone level on digital cameras for dialog? i have seen recommendations from -20db to -6 db Thanks

    Bob Mark replied 2 years, 9 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Bret Hampton

    September 15, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    -20db is normal for video/audio.

    Music folks often like -14.

    However -20 is most common. Just be consistent

  • Ty Ford

    September 15, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Hello Bob. Welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.
    I’m a -20 sort of guy. Others may differ as Bret says.


    Ty Ford

    Cow Audio Forum Leader

  • Bob Mark

    September 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Bret thanks for that info. That’s what I had been using but a camera man just asked ” do you want -6 or -20″ Thanks for that!

  • Bob Mark

    September 15, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Ty thanks for welcome! Having you say -20 really helps to validate what I have been using. Thank you.!

  • Ty Ford

    September 16, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I guess it depends somewhat on whether or not you’re using a good limiter. I use Sound Devices mixers. They all have pretty nice limiters. As such I might squink my level up to a little higher if I’m pretty safe with the idea that no one will be screaming. And this doesn’t mean Peaks at -20. With tone at -20, your peaks will be above that.

  • Bob Mark

    September 17, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Once again, thank you for that info!

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