DSLR Video – Audio is Hard
May 31, 2013 5 Comments
Not much blogging lately. I’ve been working on video every night for weeks. Part of that was working on the actual videos and part was learning along the way.
It turns out I didn’t know didley about editing audio. The guys in Alien Love Charm have given me some feedback, and I’m gradually getting there. Learning how use a compressor has made a huge difference, to the point I’m a little embarassed by the uncompressed sound on my older video.
(A compressor reduces the dynamic range of the audio, pushing the loud sounds down and pulling the quiet sounds up. Sound that’s spiky and thin becomes even and full. The too-loud guitar and too-quiet vocals wind up closer in levels. With the peaks pushed down you can increase the overall volume without distorting.)
The hard part on this one was the crowd noise. I usually shoot close to the stage, which reduces ambient noise. At this show the stage was so wide I had to get 20 30 feet away to capture it end to end, so I had three four rows of people talking in front of the mic. I managed to cut the crowd noise way down, but I couldn’t quiet it down as much as I wanted during the intro.
Before the next show I’m going to pick up a second Zoom digital audio recorder so I can have one on the camera and another either close to the stage or better yet plugged into the soundboard. That’ll get the crowd noise way down and give me a direct feed instead of getting the music after it’s come out of the speakers, bounced around the room, and mixed with crowd noise. To be honest, the main reason I haven’t plugged into the board before is that I’ve been too bashful to ask. No more bashful.
This is a clip I recorded a couple of years ago and never posted. I tuned up the audio, made some quickie titles, and added a reprise at the end with YouTube links. Once I get the hang of editing and build up a library of Premiere templates I can probably knock out a video like this in a couple of hours.