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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

There are a variety of reasons to have an external recorder depending on the size of your production. A big advantage is the number of audio inputs and the ability to record each of those inputs as ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

Yes, its way better. Being able to monitor the levels, and headphones, makes a huge difference. However, its not even just the quality of the mic or recording device its the location. Having an ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

Can't speak for the Nikon, but the Canon 5D and 7D both have terrible on-board audio, with no way to easily monitor the audio levels. The Zoom will have a better mic pre-amp, and will let you monitor ...
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Decreasing levels of other channels when voice channel comes in

"Ducking" is the canonical term for what you want, usually done with a compressor in the main program chain with the sidechain taken from your mic channel. Audition 2018 has a auto ducking feature ...
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Remove echo when recording in say, a hallway

The attachment you are looking for is called a lav mic, though sometimes it can be a hand-held shotgun mic, too. Sound intensity decreases as the square of distance and echoes decay exponentially. ...
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What is the name of this type of treatment in video/audio?

It's also known as having an solid understanding of microphones and recording techniques, as well as sound audio editing principles. These types of videos are a great example of how awesome sound ...
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Best way to dub the voice in a very low budget or no budget film

It sounds like you are using your laptop's microphone, and that your main problem is the lack of a quality mic. If you own an iPhone, especially iPhone 5 or later, I would recommend you use the voice ...
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Is there a standard target level for spoken audio in a tutorial video?

There's no single answer - it's a series of trade-offs: When you record your voice, it should be as loud as possible, but making sure never to go over the maximum level that can be recorded. This is ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

Apart from the other benefits mentioned - mic placement, quality of the pre-amps, ability to properly monitor levels, another advantage is that many of the good quality digital recorders (like the ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

I wouldn't recommend the h4n anymore. It is still a huge step up from the on-board audio, but it generally isn't the best value anymore. The H5n or H6n are both better options available now and ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

Getting the audio recording separated from the video recording is one of the best things you can do to improve your sound. What makes good camera placement doesn't always make for good audio placement....
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Garage Band alternative for windows

One that comes to mind is Presonus Studio One vr3 It is about $50 and is a full featured digital audio workstation. There is also sonar, protools and ableton live but I believe they are all quite a ...
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Request for Camcorder and Tripod Recommendations for Occasional Amatuer Usage, With Emphasis on Good Sound Quality

90% of good sound quality is mic placement. The remaining 90% is the microphone. The 90% that remains of that is the preamp. Because mic placement is so important, you either have to accept putting ...
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Audio monitoring w/ headphones through HDMI port

What you want is generally called an "HDMI audio extractor". There are several hardware products on the market that will extract the audio in the HDMI stream to an audio out connection and pass-...
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Video Editors Supporting 5.1 Surround Sound?

Davinci Resolve 14 would definitely do this as it has all new audio, otherwise Adobe Premier will work
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my client is unhappy with the video editing of the evening dancing as we havent used the actual audio but used songs that were playing that evening

I would suggest trying to combine the two audio feeds. If you layer the room audio with the clean audio, it will probably help make things more usable. Otherwise I would give the customer what they ...
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What is the maximum length of Portable Recorder to Camera cable that is safe to use?

You may want to consider looking into another alternative as well: double-system sound. The (old school) idea being that since you have a separate recorder, you don't need a connection between the ...
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What is the maximum length of Portable Recorder to Camera cable that is safe to use?

Without more detail this is not directly answerable. The short answer is, the shorter the better, but the long answer depends on many factors. The amount of electromagnetic noise in a room will ...
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Do video containers influence the video quality?

The choice of container has no bearing on stream quality, which is determined solely by encoder parameters. What may happen is that the stream could have non-standard or at least unexpected ...
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Extract audio from video preserving audio quality

If you aren't adverse to using a terminal to extract it, FFmpeg is a very good tool that you can use. The command that you'd want to run in ffmpeg -i [input file name here] -c:a copy -vn -sn [output ...
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How can you use ffmpeg's afftdn -sn flag to sample noise from a reference noise file?

Commands are instructions sent from an interface external to the filter, usually an external program using a ZMQ protocol. There is a filter that can execute commands which is what I'll use here. ...
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Audio quality deteriorates on Rendering

The audio is clipping internally somewhere from the sound of it. The background noise gets louder and so does the speaking, but the speaking is getting crushed. I'd double check if there are any ...
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Best way to capture audio at an event

You'll get the best audio by connecting directly to the board the sound guy is using. As you mentioned, the risk involved there is that you lean heavily on the sound guy and hope he doesn't screw up. ...
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What type of equipment can I use to record a live rock performance as a member of the audience?

You can use portable recorder like Zoom H4n or similar. Recorders like this usually have XLR input that could be plugged directly to mixer. You'd then set input type on your recorder to line-in and ...
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How to reduce background noise in the video

This answer (and the video link included within it) tells you all you need to know. The long and the short of it is that good audio is essential to good video, and getting good audio requires its own ...
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How do I round trip through premier without losing audio volume?

Premiere doesn't change the audio levels (volume or db) by default. So I'm not sure why you are experiencing loss in volume. My guess would be that you have turned down the audio levels in premiere ...
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Get rid of loud pops from audio

You can use Audacity for this purpose, and you can follow this link to learn how: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_click_and_pop_removal_techniques.html Generally, clicks are little ...
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Remove echo when recording in say, a hallway

You could also try a lip mic, like the Coles 4104. They're used in very noisy environments such as football matches by commentators, and work well. Just holding any mic very close to the person ...
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Audio Sync Issues on playback via thumb drive

The answer stems from the combination of the speed of the flash drive and the data rate of the video. The video and audio in most codec are decoded separately once streamed to the computer from the ...
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