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  1. Okay. Now that makes more sense. Thanks for clearing that up. I plan on getting a real remote now. You got any suggestions for a good one that is not going to cause me hidden issues that are going to drive me bug battty nuts like this stinking app did?
  2. I am confused by your response. I am using a Sony camera that is running Sony Software. How can I NOT use their software? Is there something I am missing in your comment. Are you saying I should buy a Canon or Nikon? I don't understand what you are saying. And what does their privacy policy have to do with the issue I am trying to solve? I am so confused by your comment.
  3. Well, I have figured it out. The issue is caused by the Sony Imaging Edge remote control app. After doing a lot of testing, I found that the issue does NOT occur when recording video while using the on-camera record button. I almost always use the Sony Remote Control app to record with, and it is the app that is causing this BOOSTING of the audio during periods of silence. The question is, WHY and HOW I can turn it off?
  4. I would like to turn this function completely off. I don't know what it is but you said it " BOOSTS the audio when you're recording in a silent room" I do not want or need the camera to help me control the audio. I want the camera to record only the NATURAL sound in the environment. I will control the VOLUME in Post Processing. What ever this feature is, it is DESTROYING my videos and makes me want to take sledge hammer to the A6500 and pour sugar in all the gas tanks of the Sony engineers that thought this stupid idea up.
  5. By default the the audio level is set to 25 I believe. I have reduced it to 5 with no effect. The audio you heard was at 5. I guess I can lower it to 3, but I doubt it will do much since reducing it from 25 to 5 did nothing. Again, I want to sate that this only occurs when using an external mic.
  6. I understand and you are right. I always answer questions and try to be helpful if I believe I know enough to comment, I just generally don't. Unlike some other people who are an expert in everything and always have something to say, whether useful or not, I like to not be like that and only answer questions, I KNOW I can answer with a good degree of confidence that I will be helpful. So, I don't say much, but when I do, it is usually worth something.
  7. Wow. There are actually some live people on hear. Awesome! Thanks for the replies. Sorry for the delay in answering. I have been pretty busy this year.
  8. So, I was having a problem with "Wind" noise ruining my videos. After doing some research, I bought I the Rode VideoMicro to try to improve my outdoor videos in the wind. It does help significantly, but it has created another problem and I don't know what to call it or what is causing it. When the microphone is attached to the a6500, when I first start recording, the volume is like super loud. Even in a totally quiet room with no noise, the audio captured is really loud with white noise. Once I start talking, the audio tapers down to a normal level after about 10 seconds. But if a stop talking for a while the volume goes back up really loud and stays there until I start talking again. This does not occur with the built-in mic. It only happens when I use the external mic. I don't know what is causing this. Can someone help explain to me what this is and what I can do about it? Here is a sample for you to hear what I am talking about. In this sample, I just finished talking and was silent for a while and you will hear just how loud the audio gets. What you are hearing is the sound on my AC fan in the background. The loudness is being caused by the camera, not the fan getting louder. https://youtu.be/ZpbTD-7kT_o
  9. Logical deduction would be that if I had read other post about this problem and still posted here, then those post did not offer a solution, just as you answer here was not about providing a solution, but about distracting away from the problem by trying to insinuate that the problem is not Sony's crappy programming, but my fault somehow because I am not happy with this magnificent piece of amazing SONY technology that is ruining my video with blown out audio. You Sony fanboys are absolutely useless at helping work through problems because you get your little feelings hurt anytime some mentions that there is a problem. If you don't have a solution, please do not respond. I came here for help to SOLVE the problem, not to argue with you about whether the problem exists. Get back on course or, Goodbye.
  10. I am not sure you even understand what the problem is. And there are hundreds of other posts online like mine complaining about this issue. Here is a quote from my original post, " But if there is a period of silence, the camera boosts the sensitivity of the mic way up, then when the sound starts again it is super loud and then starts to slowly go back to a normal level." How you got that I wanted "Total Silence" from that statement, I do not know. I will try to explain it clearer so that hopefully you will not get the exact opposite idea than what I am trying to convey. Say you are doing a recording of you talking into the front of the camera. So you are talking and everything is fine, but then you stop talking for 10 or 20 seconds and then start !TALKING AGAIN AND THE SOUND IS WAY TO LOUD AND PEAKING BAD! But then starts to taper down as you continue talking until it gets back to a normal volume level. It is clear that the camera as some function that is BOOSTING the sensitivity of the microphone during periods of silence searching for sound. This function is called GAIN and is referred to Auto Gain Compensation, or AGC, and is performed by a device called a "Compressor". The purpose of this function is to keep sound levels even in an environment in which incoming sound levels are variable. Think of a speaker on stage that is walking around while leaving the mic on the stand, moving closer and farther from the mic. So there is a purpose for this type of function, but the need for it is extremely limited and rare. In most cases, this function is not needed and it makes sense that Sony would have provided a way to disable it, for the majority of the cases where it is not needed. I am looking for how to turn it off. Just to be clear. I don't want total silence, I DON'T WANT TO BE SCREAMED AT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BY MY RECORDINGS
  11. Yeah, I saw that in the manual too, but as usual with this useless manual, it throws out these terms like "Limiter" without giving any explanation as to what the heck it is or what it does. It's like going to the doctor and being told you have "Dermatographism" and the doctor walks away without telling you what dermatographism is, leaving you to think you are dying. But the useless manual aside, I cannot believe that any intelligent person in their right mind would design such a counterproductive feature that ruins the audio without providing a way to turn it off. I have used dozens of video cameras in my life and NEVER had this kind of problem. There a lot of things to love about this a6500, but if there is no way to turn this crazy AGC thing off, Sony just lost a lot of respect in my mind.
  12. When I am recording video, as long as there is constant noise, the audio stays normal. But if there is a period of silence, the camera boosts the sensitivity of the mic way up, then when the sound starts again it is super loud and then starts to slowly go back to a normal level. If I am not mistaken, what is causing this is a digital compressor, which I believe is called AGC (Audio Gain Compensation). Essentially, it is trying to equalize the sound by adjusting the sensitivity of the mic according to the changes in sound level it is hearing. I just want to turn this function off completely. I have gone through the menu on the a6500 dozens of times and I can't find any setting that controls the AGC function. Does anyone know how to turn it off?
  13. I have posted to this forum a few times and have noticed that there is very little traffic and interaction on this forum. So, either there are just very few people interested in Sony Alpha APS-C cameras, or they are not using this forum and are going somewhere else. I wonder which one it is?
  14. Spring is here and I have been out shooting nature to the tune of 2000 pictures in the last few days. Mostly wildflowers and insects. I have used four different lenses and I am just not happy with what I am getting in the macro department. I just can't land a really sharp macro. The four lenses I am using are as follows. 1. Sony 18-135mm f3.5 OSS 2. Sigma Macro 50mm f2.8 (Adapted legacy film Pentax lens) 3. Pentax-M SMC Macro 100mm f4 (Adapted legacy film Pentax lens) 4. Helios 44-2 58mm F2 (Adapted) The sharpest and brightest of these four lenses is the Sony, but it is not a macro. The only true Macro is the Sigma, but you have to be like 1/2 inch away from the subject to get a close-up and then it is a virtually flat DOF. The Pentax 100mm gives me the longer focusing distance I want, but the glass is crap and it produces really soft images. The Helios is a really nice lens with great bokeh, and a long focus distance, but it is not a macro lens either. So the two main feature I want is SHARP and longer focusing distance. I know that the answer is the Sony 90mm Macro, but that is out of my price range. I don't mind doing everything manually, and actually, prefer it when it comes to macro photography. I even switch the Sony lens to manual use the focus magnifier and peaking when doing macro. I just want a really good sharp macro lens, so I can get up close and person with very small objects. Take this picture for example. This is a close as I could get with the Sony 18-135mm on this tiny bug.
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