I did a couple of blog posts on this topic. The latest one covers the use of REAPER, a very powerful and low cost digital audio workstation program that includes video capability: http://www.homebrewedmusic.com/2010/07/ ... in-reaper/spinality wrote:Has anybody experimented with marrying low-cost video with better-quality audio? I have decent gear and software for audio recording, and would like to create video at the same time, then merge the results after editing/postprocessing the audio for quality sound. (I probably should do some research BEFORE asking this question, but perhaps somebody has already found the potholes to avoid.) I'm sure this will depend on the video approach and format chosen, e.g. webcam versus stand-alone video recorder, but any notes about practical experience would be welcome.
LOL. I guess I should have looked more carefully at the capabilities of Reaper when I installed it; I had only been thinking of it for audio processing and hadn't noticed the video features. I'm glad I asked for suggestions...I had a feeling the right tools were already installed on my system, lurking in a morass of products, user interfaces, and too much information.Fran Guidry wrote:The latest one covers the use of REAPER, a very powerful and low cost digital audio workstation program that includes video capability: http://www.homebrewedmusic.com/2010/07/ ... in-reaper/
Sounds good. But what does he use to for syncing them? There are lots of tools and methods, some of which play nicely together and others that don't. I'm interested in strategies that give high quality without high cost or heartburn.jiyeonkim wrote:My friend records me. He uses a Kodak Zi6 for video and records the audio separately and syncs them later. It's really good quality video for a cheap camera and it's HD too!
Yes, thanks. I do have Reaper installed and have been experimenting with these video features that I had been ignoring. I was also interested in hearing what tools jiyeonkim was referring to, who said "My friend records me. He uses a Kodak Zi6 for video and records the audio separately and syncs them later."Fran Guidry wrote:As I mentioned in the post above, REAPER digital audio workstation software has recently added and upgraded video capability. I linked to a tutorial demonstrating the process.
I tried using iMovie for the first time to make a video of myself last night. The built-in camera took the video and I recorded the audio on my Zoom H4N. But I can't seem to sync them properly. I tried to drag the audio to the right frame when I started to play, but I guess the audio needs some editing first. I recorded it in mp3 format and I can't seem to get it into Garage Band to edit it. I thought I did this before, but maybe I recorded in a wav format then. All I know is that I spent most of my evening's practice time fooling around with software.layneb wrote:Apple computers come with two built-in software options for capturing video:
1) Photo Booth will capture video through the built-in camera
2) iMovie will also capture video through the built-in camera
Both use the built-in microphone to capture the sound (not great), although it looks like iMovie lets you attach an external microphone as the source. However, in my initial tests, the resulting files are huge. I'm continuing to research how to reduce the file size and will post more of what I learn.
If any other Apple users out there have suggestions, please share.
Thanks, Trevor. But I thought I could edit mp3 files in Garage Band.spinality wrote:There are many good low-cost audio editing tools that will let you trim your .mp3 or .wav. One option is WavePad (http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/index.html). A Google search for 'mp3 editing' will provide many other choices. - Trevor