Turn Off Audio Recording . . .

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Is there any way to turn of the audio recording capability of any of these
Sony Camcorders?

I know on the higher end MiniDV units it could be accomplished by putting a
"dummy" plug in the external microphone jack. But the tape units below do
not have external microphone jacks.

Reason for this:

Doing surveillance work and picking up conversation of parties is illegal.
Covering the microphone with tape just gives you a lot of bump and bang
noise and muffled voices . . .


Digital8® Handycam® Camcorder
DCR-TRV260

Digital8® Handycam® Camcorder
DCR-TRV460

Hi8T Handycam® Camcorder
CCD-TRV128

Hi8T Handycam® Camcorder
CCD-TRV328

Any suggestions appreciated . . . .
Steve ( please e-mail any suggestions to steve_demars@cox.net
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    Many of the newer Sony's do not have external mic inputs thus you are stuck
    with the live audio. I have one of the listed Camcorder's and there does
    not appear to be a way of turning off the audio as you discribed. I did see
    an article on the internet where a guy had descriptions and photos of how to
    add an external mic input on a Sony. Basically cut the mic wires and added
    a jack. Looks tight in there. I can not find the URL, thought I saved it.

    Rich

    "Steve DeMars" <steve_demars@cox.net> wrote in message
    news:gQ9Bc.1481$Pa4.621@lakeread04...
    > Is there any way to turn of the audio recording capability of any of these
    > Sony Camcorders?
    >
    > I know on the higher end MiniDV units it could be accomplished by putting
    a
    > "dummy" plug in the external microphone jack. But the tape units below do
    > not have external microphone jacks.
    >
    > Reason for this:
    >
    > Doing surveillance work and picking up conversation of parties is illegal.
    > Covering the microphone with tape just gives you a lot of bump and bang
    > noise and muffled voices . . .
    >
    >
    > Digital8® Handycam® Camcorder
    > DCR-TRV260
    >
    > Digital8® Handycam® Camcorder
    > DCR-TRV460
    >
    > Hi8T Handycam® Camcorder
    > CCD-TRV128
    >
    > Hi8T Handycam® Camcorder
    > CCD-TRV328
    >
    > Any suggestions appreciated . . . .
    > Steve ( please e-mail any suggestions to steve_demars@cox.net
    >
    >
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    > "Steve DeMars" wrote ...
    > > Is there any way to turn of the audio recording capability
    > > of any of these Sony Camcorders?

    "Rich" wrote ...
    > Many of the newer Sony's do not have external mic inputs
    > thus you are stuck with the live audio. I have one of the listed
    > Camcorder's and there does not appear to be a way of turning
    > off the audio as you discribed. I did see an article on the internet
    > where a guy had descriptions and photos of how to add an external
    > mic input on a Sony. Basically cut the mic wires and added a jack.
    > Looks tight in there. I can not find the URL, thought I saved it.

    Indeed the answer to Mr. DeMars' question is that absent a mic
    jack, there is no way to disable the audio. Unless you want to make
    some physical modification. This could be as simple (and permanently
    destructive) as "poking out" the mic element(s). Or for the more
    conservative and technically adept, adding a mic input jack which
    would allow you to plug in a shorting plug to mute.
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    On Sun, 20 Jun 2004 12:39:24 -0700, "Richard Crowley"
    <rcrowley7@xprt.net> wrote:

    >> "Steve DeMars" wrote ...
    >> > Is there any way to turn of the audio recording capability
    >> > of any of these Sony Camcorders?
    >
    >"Rich" wrote ...
    >> Many of the newer Sony's do not have external mic inputs
    >> thus you are stuck with the live audio. I have one of the listed
    >> Camcorder's and there does not appear to be a way of turning
    >> off the audio as you discribed. I did see an article on the internet
    >> where a guy had descriptions and photos of how to add an external
    >> mic input on a Sony. Basically cut the mic wires and added a jack.
    >> Looks tight in there. I can not find the URL, thought I saved it.
    >
    >Indeed the answer to Mr. DeMars' question is that absent a mic
    >jack, there is no way to disable the audio. Unless you want to make
    >some physical modification. This could be as simple (and permanently
    >destructive) as "poking out" the mic element(s). Or for the more
    >conservative and technically adept, adding a mic input jack which
    >would allow you to plug in a shorting plug to mute.
    >
    Some of the Sonys do have a manual level control for the audio,
    setting that to zero would do what you want. I am not familiar enough
    with these models to know if they have a manual audio level control.

    Ian
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