Audio and Video recording
It is time for me to make my legacy keepsake before the arms, ears, hands and fingers shut down. I want to record myself (video and audio) and be able to splice together sections to make a whole. I will be recording a movement from the Bach S&P's
I have a Macbook. I have a decent microphone but no camera.
I am looking for recommendations on equipment and software. I know that I can use tools like Audacity (which I own) to record sound and use a move editor to put it together but I need as simple as possible. I expect that I will be managing many takes so workflow is important.
Please offer suggestions. The guideline on cost is it should be cheaper than hiring someone to do it all for me.
Splicing video smoothly is extremely difficult. That's one of the reasons that competitions and the like request video recordings, not just audio ones.
Do you have an iDevice (iPad, iPhone) or Android? Maybe they'll be decent enough to record your stuff.
You could buy an inexpensive webcam for the video. I have a Logitech C920 that has a built in mic.That model has been proven over time to be a good one. Records in 1080p. The mic in it isn't great. In a pinch I have seen others use one of these for video/audio and get amazingly good results because they were good players and were the right distances from the mic.They had the proper levels set and so forth.
I have a clip-on MS webcam for Skype (€35) but I have seen better ones for €240 with twin mics, high resolution etc.
I use studio one 3 for recording, It's simple and easy to use. I then use shot-cut video editor to put the video to the music :D Both programs are free and really really good!!
ACtually splicing videos is easy nowadays with modern software :-)
@ Elliot- They just came out with Studio One 4 :)Has a nice chord arranger in it.I haven't bought it yet because I'm contemplating Acid Pro 8 to use as a fast idea arranger. SO3 is cross platform making it a nice go between from PC to Mac.
Thanks all! This is all very helpful.
Denis, I'm curious how the home/office user can do video-with-audio splicing without it being noticeable.
Yes you would indeed have to use different camera angles or other kinds of trickery along those lines.
For syncing audio and video, do what the movie makers do and use a clapperboard, or just clap your hands. This gives you a visual spike in the waveform that you can line up. I use Logic to record the audio and then add that to the video in Final Cut Pro. I can see the two audio waveforms from the video and the audio and line up the spike from the clap. The audio from the video camera is then silenced and the beginning with the clap is chopped off.
Thanks for the heads up on the Russian mics Christopher.