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XL1s and 4 channel audio

I am using 12 bit audio on my XL1s. It allows me to capture on board mic (Audio 1/ ST-1) and 2 channels from wireless mics (Audio 2/ ST-2) all on the same tape. The problem I have is when I import my footage over DV only the (Audio 1/ST-1) channel is captured. Am I missing a function or setting within the XL1? I can't seem to find anything on the internet when I search this topic. When I playback my footage on my TV set the 4 channels are separate across the Audio 1 and Audio 2 outputs. (i.e. I hook up the RCA cable to Audio1 I hear the mic, I hook up RCA cable to Audio2 and I hear the wireless channels.) Why is the Audio2 channel not being imported across the DV link?

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    I forgot to mention I am using Adobe Premiere Pro CS3.

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Hi!
Unfortunately, Premiere Pro CS3 can only handle two channels of audio at a time when capturing. You could try capturing with Scenalyzer or another program that can handle four channels simultaneously.
Hope this helps!

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