First video test, lots of small surprises



First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby JerryPH » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:07 pm

I've ordered a 3-point video lighting equipment recently (was supposed to be here last week, but due to a snow storm in Nevada, shipment has been delayed) and so today I made a few tests with the equipment that I had (background, camera and a single light source).

Some of the questions that I had were how would the subject (me) would fill the frame in a 1920X1080 HD format screen and if the background that I had could be integrated somehow. I also needed to test out and find what camera settings and what lenses best worked (I have Nikon D4 professional digital camera, but it does video acceptably well). I then wanted to test out the differences between an on-camera shotgun microphone versus the digital output (FR-8X connected to the BK-7m and the BK recorded everything to a flash drive).

Here is the resultant test video:
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My feelings are that the video quality is acceptable, but the big surprise was at how much of a difference in sound I heard. I expected some clear differences, not just as much as I experienced in favor of the digital output. I also learned that I don't like recording direct to a flash drive, I prefer sending the individual channels out to my mixer and from there to the digital audio workstation, where I can spend the time and better balance out each channel to my satisfaction. It's more work, but the results are simply more pleasing to my ears.

Please feel free to share your opinions and ideas on where I could improve on things like video quality, framing or anything else. Don't bother to comment on the quality of the song itself, I just took that song because it was something quick and easy to play, though if I do decide to make a video using this song, I will need to practice the song itself more and some other events (synching treble register changes and drum solo foot switches for better smoothness, etc...).

All comments are appreciated. :)
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby Mike K » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:35 am

Video acceptable.....I think it is great. Looks very professional.
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby Glenn » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:30 am

Video and lighting looks good . With regards to the sound the digital recording had far more depth. I think your decision to record to a DAW is the best option as it leaves you a lot of flexibility later.
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby Mr turtle » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:36 pm

Bravo.......
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby mitchnc » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:48 pm

Test successful! Looks and sounds awesome.
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby debra » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:46 pm

The camera mic gives dreadful sound. But the direct audio is great.
This just goes to show that it is hard to judge sound quality of an instrument from a recording. The recording equipment has more influence on the final result than the differences between instruments.
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby Thomas N » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:33 am

Jerry -

This is excellent! Well I'll never need to figure out what equipment to use to record audio anymore. This clears it all up - right to the USB. There truly isn't any comparison.

The video quality is excellent. Love the background, you're a good-looking guy and your playing is very clean and good.

Thank you for posting. Looking forward to lots more from you I hope.
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby losthobos » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:11 pm

Really impressive differences....way to go...
Now i'm puzzling how did you sync the digital recording with the movie...
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby jarvo » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:28 pm

The " clapperboard" method is always a good way to synch the sound to action. Or , more practically as you will be strapped into a ton of accordion and transfixed on your "spot" by lights and mics make some strong visual signal connected with a verbal out put before you actually start performing. Something as simple as one two three four and hand gestures to count . I usually tell myself to, ermmm "go away" with the appropriate gesture. It's then obviously edited out .......it is isn't it ..edited ou.......ooops :lol:
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Re: First video test, lots of small surprises

Postby Glenn » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:52 am

I guess when putting sound to video these days it is so easy to jog the sound track forwards and backwards to make it fit. The speed doesn't waver either as in the good old days of tape. It's a question of looking right not of being scientifically correct.


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