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Video recording with quality audio

by choppersinc10 / December 10, 2007 10:15 AM PST

I have a home audio recording studio and I would like to start making video recordings of performances. As usual, I have a very low budget, and I'm totally new to video recording. Basically what I want to do is record the audio performance through my computer software, and have video recording simultaneously so it's synced up nicely. Can anyone walk me through the standard recording process? Thanks, Joe.

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XLR--useful, versitile and now fairly widely available
by ADiller / December 11, 2007 2:36 AM PST

If you can, get yourself a camera with XLR inputs. This way you could a)plug into an output of the house audio for a clean feed or b)get a good boom mic and place/point it as close to the action as possible. This way the audio and video are always in sync and recorded on the same source. If you really want them on two separate sources, a lip sync check should be established in the beginning or end of the recording--a clap, 10 count, clapboard, etc. I'm a video editor and there's not many things more frustrating than having the sync off. There are a myriad of devices that will record audio digitally so you have only to import the file and plug it into whatever editing software you have to join the video and audio. Again, a lip sync check will make life a lot easier for you when doing things seperatly. Your best bet, a camera with XLR inputs.

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continuing audio video question
by choppersinc10 / December 11, 2007 1:37 PM PST

Ok, this is a complete guess, but is that how a show like SNL or Conan broadcasts? Do the video cameras get audio sent to them after it is mixed/eq'ed, etc?

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SNL and Conan...
by ADiller / December 12, 2007 1:22 AM PST

...are switched productions--same with sports, news or other live productions. They are shot with many cameras and the video from each camera goes to a central "switcher" that switches from one camera to another. The audio is mixed seperately, taking feeds from handheld mics, lavs, boom mics, etc--then mixing them together with music, sound effects, playback audio from pretaped pieces then sent to be recorded on the same tape as the video. They are synced up beforehand with a lip sync check and then recorded realtime together--in sync. We do it everyday before every show. Conan, like most talk shows and event shows (like the Oscars, American Idol, etc.), is actually prerecorded and any flub-ups in audio or video are fixed before airing the show. They call it "live-to-tape." Cuts down on editing, but not the pressure of live TV.

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