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I have a hitachi camcorder DZ-HV575E and am very happy with it except for the SOUND volume; I have uploaded a number of YouTubes and although I think I have checked everything, the volume is invariably too low. Can you help?

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  • greg_rosenst May 20, 2011

    Hi Jason,
    Many thanks for your tips. Could I just confirm the model? (The one quoted in your e-mail is different)
    It's DZ-HV575E. There are the ports and USBs for TV, HTML and the computer, but I can't see any for a microphone so I presume I can't attach an external mike. Strangely enough, there wasn't a single reference to bad sound volume in all the reviews I'd read on the internet before buying it. Also no microphone boost option in the menu.

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Built in microphones for camcorders are notoriously bad at capturing sound well. There are 3 main things you can do to improve the volume levels:

  • "Zoom" by moving closer to your subject when possible. The closer you are the better the volume will be.
  • If you can control the environment you are recording in, try to minimize the background noise.
  • Most camcorders have a microphone / audio in feed. If so, using a plug in microphone should also improve quality (assuming you get a decent microphone).
It would probably be worth your time to check the camera's menu to make sure there isn't a microphone boost option. They generally increase the background noise a lot too, but if its there it should help.

Posted on May 19, 2011

  • Jason Burkhardt May 20, 2011

    Hey, I didn't specify a model. I believe the site tries to grab a "closest" match. Another solution might be to run it through a video editing software that lets you boost the sound. This will make the noise louder too (some do have noise reduction, though). Did you get a software disc with the camcorder? It might have an editor that will let you raise the volume.

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