Recommendation for video software (Windows 10)?
I need to record a video for my teacher - this is for his ensemble and we are currently learning how to interact with the technology so we can produce both virtual and in-person concerts. It's an adult student ensemble, basically it provides us a chance to play together.
When I record audio only (with Audacity) and Blue Yeti microphone the sound is crisp and clean. Using the video option on the camera app (Windows 10) that came with my computer - with the same Blue Yeti mic, the sound is sometimes clear, sometime very muffled and so forth. This isn't me, I know what MY mistakes sound like :-)
Recommendations for a free or inexpensive Windows 10 app that would be better? I had wanted to deliver my video tomorrow but I need to solve this first.
Currently looking at CloudApp and FlashBack Express.
When I make a video for YouTube type projects I record the video and the audio separately. Like you I use Audacity - which also allows me to add some reverb. I link the sound file with my phone camera video using a programme called Hit Film Express, and do this by doing a clap at the start of the takes which is then easy to link the spike in the soundwave with the physical act of clapping.
For video I use a cracked copy of Sony Vegas Pro, and Audacity or Studio One for audio (these are both free). Before someone makes a stink about piracy, I assure you the cracked versions are such old, outdated software that no programmers are cheated out of royalties. Nonetheless it is extremely powerful software that gives you a lot more freedom than the stock hobby software that comes with many personal computers.
I think the interplay between software and hardware are factors.
I use Camtasia but only because it's what I use for teaching and I have it already. It's probably not the best tool for the job. My wife found something that she uses for editing our daughter's audition videos that she says is very powerful and it was either free or really cheap, I'll find out tomorrow morning. :)
DaVinci Resolve was recommended to me as a free but powerful Windows video editing option but I haven't gotten around to trying it yet. You could combine the Audacity-recorded audio with the camera-recorded video - or if whoever is doing the final video editing is okay with it, submit the video and better audio in separate files for that person to handle.
When you use the video option on the camera app with the Blue Yeti mic, could you be pushing your system memory to its limits (or even, though less likely, the cpu itself)? Is your computer a 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, or higher model?
You might try looking at the products from NCH Software.
My laptop has plenty of resources but I think I've figured it out. Until now, I use my bluetooth buds when I record to listen to my teacher's recording. With Audacity this isn't a problem. Toss the camera into the mix and my sound goes south. I do select the Yeti as my mic, but I have to wonder if the two microphones (my ear buds have one) are somehow the actual problem.
I really like da Vinci Resolve from Black Magic Design, I think the basic version is free. You can stitch separate audio and video together. Clunky in places, but a decent enough piece of software for what you need.
I was able to, finally, manage to record a very simple piece for my teacher - he is currently using extremely easy pieces to allow us to focus on the technology without having to worry about the actual playing, though that will soon change. I had wondered about that at the time, but after my experience with this I think he was very wise to do it that way. This spring our focus is to get the technology down and to become accustomed to playing this way - though I look forward, deeply, to our being able to play in the same room again. This is for his adult student ensemble.
When I'm recording to a backing track, it's usually my own track in Audacity, so I always use wired headphones to avoid Bluetooth lag. I think this wouldn't actually matter if you're sending a separate file containing only your audio.
I think if you're only stitching audio and video, you can get away with windows movie maker. It's also not that resource intensive.
I use OBS Studio. I have found it pretty intuitive for my own needs.
Mengwei - I select my Blue Yeti as the input mic, etc. I wonder if somehow both mics are bleeding into each other somehow. With my instrument just a few inches from my bluetooth buds/mic I suspect the odd quality of the recording is simply the blue-tooth mic being overwhelmed. It doesn't seem to happen in my Zoom lessons though. Zoom lessons feature Blue Yeti mic, JLab ear buds.
I have JLab products too! "Pro Wireless Signature" ($20 at Best Buy) and Epic Sport Wireless (these have a piece that hooks around the ear), not "true wireless" because the earbuds are cord-connected. The Epic Sport model, 2-3x more expensive at the time, is at least usable on Zoom though bad but the cheaper ones are so terrible as to be completely unusable on Zoom. (They are better than my budget smartphone's built-in speaker though so at least they found a good use.)
Hmmm, interesting thought about other wireless/bluetooth devices. I'm in an apartment and there are 4 other apartments in range. That might play a role. I have the Jlab "Air Sport True Wireless". They hook around my ears but there is no wire between them. They work fine for lessons, thankfully. I really like them, which was a surprise.
Oh yeah, OBS is a really good one. It lets you designate which devices to draw audio and and video from, so it's easy for you to combine webcam video with external microphone audio.