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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 separate tracks, allowing you to do the mixing in post. I'm not sure about the H4n, but I know the H5 and H6 support multiple inputs as well as interchangeable ...


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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 external recorder means you can separate the audio easily from the camera. Back in the day when I was a teen, and had more enthusiasm than money, we used mics from ...


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The professional way Professionally done, all cameras and audio recorders will have a running (SMPTE) time code, which can be configured in 'free run' mode - meaning the time counter runs regardless whether we record or not (ie, STOP mode). At the beginning of the shooting day, all recordists (cameras, audio) will sync their clocks. This is done either to ...


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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 the levels easily and accurately. You can also monitor the audio on headphones whilst filming, so you'll stand a better chance of spotting problems, like wind ...


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It depends no how far away you are shooting from and how centered your subject will be. You definitely DO NOT want a lavalier mic for your situation. They do offer very nice noise reduction while not requiring a boom operator, but they still require setup and distinct micing of each speaker. This will not work at all in your use case. You absolutely want ...


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"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 that may be of use, but really anything that lets you drop an audio compressor across the program bus and sidechain it to the mic input will work.


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For videography, the best bang for your buck is, hands down, going to be an entry level DSLR and a decent lens. For audio, if your budget can allow for it, I suggest getting a stand alone multi-track recorder. The Zoom H4n is a particularly popular model with videographers for its low price and decent (though not superb) audio quality. (Update: The H5 and ...


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You are over thinking it. Edit a quick beep in before the audio starts on the song, play the song aloud while you are recording the drums. Hit one of your drums so that you can see and hear it quickly on the video as well. Record the audio direct from your drums and have a third track that is the microphone for the camera. The camera audio track will ...


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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. The trick to eliminating the echo is to get the mic sufficiently close to your sound source that the original source is 10dB to 20dB louder than the ...


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This is a rather common problem. The issue is NOT sample-rate. And the issue is NOT frame-rate, either. Most modern editing software (or file-manipulation software) is capable of easily resolving sample-rate or frame-rate issues. For example, clearly there is no "frame-rate" or even "sample-rate" setting on a typical smart phone. The issue is that the ...


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I see no reason why not. You'd just have to make sure you find a transmitter that's battery powered, and small enough so you can bundle it with the micro-recorder. The question is; is it necessary. Would you be able to do anything, such as stop the event/filming, if there was a problem? Secondly; the feed you're monitoring is only going to tell you it's ...


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It should be. You might end up with impedance mismatches that have to be dealt with, so it might take a few other (relatively cheap) steps to get there (devices called pads, which bring down the level), but it should work. The quality might not be quite as good though.


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Regarding @rich's suggestion... if you don't have Quicktime, will iMovie work instead? Or some other program? Create your Keynote presentation. Record your speaking part (separately) with an audio recording program. I recommend Audacity. It's a great free application. You can download Audacity from www.sorceforge.com among other places. You'll also want to ...


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It depends on the environment, but generally, you want directional microphones that you can point at the audience from in front of the speakers. In an auditorium designed to spread sound around though, you are always going to get some of the speaker in the sound. Directional mics will focus the direction of sound they pick up towards the crowd, but some ...


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You should definitely get a mixer! The "complete" setup for audio would include: a field mixer (like the PSC ProMix just for example) - needs XLR in/out lavolier microphones shotgun mic (or other very directional mic) with boom or pistol grip - this way you aren't stuck with the lavoliers all the time! cables connecting the microphones to the mixer your ...


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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 Zooms) will let you record 24 bit samples at up to 96kHz. To use a not completely accurate analogy, that's like recording raw video at 4K instead of 8-bit at 1080p....


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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 generally better value unless you are getting a used H4n that someone is selling so they can buy the 5n or 6n. That said, yes, you want an external audio recorder. ...


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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. Also, your audio recorder can keep running while your camera isn't, so you don't miss anything. That being said however, the zoom h4n has some mediocre pre-...


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Most wireless lavalier microphones for video recording use are sold as single receiver + transmitter packages. I believe you can get receivers that take more than one input, but they are designed for AV production use (e.g. stage shows and so on) and are mains-powered and expensive. So if you want wireless you'll probably have to buy four transmitter + ...


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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 recorder app, and email the audio files to yourself using the Share button. The iPhone's microphone is surprisingly good for audio. High end Android phones also ...


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I misspoke in my original question, I've fixed the sentence so hopefully it should be clearer. I'm just wanting to listen to the PC out, while simultaneously listing to the Mic out as I record it. If you using Windows, then just go to the Sound (Right click in notification area) > Recording devices > Chose you device > Properties > Listen > Listen to ...


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If the files have no content then it's enough to key on size. A totally "empty" WAV file will have just a header and will almost certainly be less than 200 bytes. So it's probably enough to delete any files smaller than that. I would sort the folder by increasing size. You will probably see a sharp change from very low values to a series of much larger files....


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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 bit more expensive. Good luck!


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If you are referring to tutorials or commentary then yes, you would record the original performance (perhaps with computer sound), while thinking of your audience. When I record tutorials for software, I often perform the example while talking, then go back and edit it down to a reasonable length. I remove unwanted sound, then re-voice the finished edit from ...


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The primary method of getting that "zoomed in" sound is using parabolic microphones. They are manually operated and usually carried by the operator listening just to the output of that microphone. The operator will isolate the specific player or object that they are to focus on. Shotgun and other directional microphones are used to pick up more ambiance of ...


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You can use ffmpeg, a free command-line tool. Basic command is ffmpeg -i file.3gp file.mp3


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I think I've figured it out. I've been setting my in point to the start of the clip and my end point to the end of the clip. By moving the start in point after the first bit of footage, it records just fine.


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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 impact how much the cable picks up noise by working as an antenna. The type of cable being used will impact how much shielding prevents cross talk (between ...


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