How do you do sound on a video demo?

Discussion in 'Gear Demo Videos & Sound Clips Archive' started by decay-o-caster, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. decay-o-caster

    decay-o-caster Member

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    'Splain it to me, oh Video Demo Gurus - whenever I try to record an electric guitar (that is to say, loud-ish) performance on a camcorder, the internal mic distorts like crazy. How do you guys do it so it sounds good? I'm guessing there's a mixer and a real mic involved, but it's not obvious. Actually, you guys often do spoken introductions too. Unless it's an Ultimate Attenuator demo, I'm guessing there'd have to be a mixer to get the levels balanced.

    Anyhow, just curious. And have no fear - I promise not to use this information to make any videos. I've ruined enough builders' reputations with my audio productions! :eek:
     
  2. Wilson Effects

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    I have a mac book with an external blue snowball mic. I'd say most people have some sort of digital recording setup. The mac makes it nice for editing ect...
     
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    Do you have any issues synching the video with the audio? I do audio recording on a Mac (see my sig), but not clear about video recording/editing that way.
     
  4. Wilson Effects

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    No with the Imovie application you can use an external mic source or I would think you could use your project mix. Then you can normalize the video sound to get the right levels. I use my USB snowball condenser and just edit the movie in Imovie afterwards. That way you can do the intros ect.....
     
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    You may have seen my "Trainwreck Amp" videos on youtube.

    The early ones were with a camcorder mic, and you can tell. However I then started to record my audio using a separate computer system and a "real mic", and at the same time ran the camcorder. I then combined the video and audio using Sony Vegas, using the camcorder audio simply as a guide to check the sync and then I mute the camcorder audio for the final mix. I use the cheap $100 version of Vegas which has no time code. I just sync it all up by eye/ear.

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    michael.e Supporting Member

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    So far, my recording rig is this..

    Audix CX212 large diaphragm condensor
    Alesis Firewire board [only used as a board at this time]
    Sony HD video cam with mic input.

    The board is sending audio to the sony. I need a nicer mic preamp though and I am starting off small with a Jomeek.

    So far, tests are decent, though am still overloading the input at times. Hopefully the Jomeek will smooth things out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gGIabDykk4


    Emee
     
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    Ah, starting to get it. Thanks y'all!
     
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    Another user who uses a separate mic for the audio stuff and sync the waveforms in Sonar and then delete the camcorder's audio.
     

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