I’ve been making these YouTube videos for a year or so now and have yet to develop an efficient work flow for their creation.
Most of the videos are recorded using the following setup:
- RD-700GX output connected to Zoom H4 SD recorder
- Optional MIDI connection from my old IBM ThinkPad to the Roland RD-700GX
- Panasonic Digital Video camcorder (don’t have the model number at the moment)
- Ubuntu Studio Running Cinelerra
My productivity is crippled by a number of things including:
- Lack of general organization. I don’t have a good way of tracking which audio file from the Zoom corresponds to which video snippet and digital video file captured from the camcorder.
- Syncrhonizing the audio and video during post production. My current technique is simply trial and error. I just keep sliding the audio relative to the video until it looks right.
- Capturing the video from the tape-based camcorder.
The capture problem might now be eliminated or greatly helped anyway following the acquisition of a Creative Vado HD 3rd Generation camcorder. This unit will directly create a mp4 file that can be transferred to the Ubuntu worksation over USB.
The level of organization could be greatly enhanced using a slate board like the big studios used. The slate, in my case would indicate the audio and video filenames as well as some other helpful information like the date, take number etc…
I was hoping the slate board could also be used for Audio-Video synchronization in the same way the movie studios use their slate boards: The clappers make a visible and audible click that can be matched up in post-production. I did a little research and found some entertaining clips from the set of Inglorious Basterds.
I thought this would be a good solution for the bigwinky.com studio but, I don’t have a microphone in my setup to capture the ambient audio along with the line-outs from the Roland RD-700GX. So, there’s no audible event on the H4 capture to match up with the visual closing of the clappers of the slate board.
One option would be to use a slate board or really just a small white board would be sufficient, to capture the file names and other data and then, for synchronization purposes, strike a key on the RD-700GX with grand, easily synchronizable visual gestures.
A second option involves witing some software to turn a laptop in to a slateboard. This software would display the file names etc… and would, upon command, trigger a MIDI note with a simultaneous, on-screen visual cue. The thing would work by holding the laptop screen in front of the camera while commanding the software to perform the synchronization note and visual cue.
A third option is to simply record directly to the Vado HD. This is proving to be a little challenging due to interface incontestability plus, doesn’t leave an opportunity for other post-production enhancements.