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dickiedidoe - Posted - 01/07/2021:  13:58:33


Hi folks, I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from the banjo and pretty much all music for a few years now.. busy with family stuff. Anyway.. apart from feeling pretty rusty, I would like to start recording myself with video on the pc. I would like this to be good enough quality (so that it sounds nice) and I would also like to be able to share this me my old music pal (guitarist) and ultimately I would like him to put down his track and video (ideally).
I currently have
A PC,
An Auna usb mic (seems ok)
A Shure SM57 mic
A DSLR camera (Nikon D3100) which I’ve worked out I can’t connect to the pc and live record
A poor webcam the picture is good but mic is very poor

I appreciate that’s not a lot to go on but can you help and get me started.

I have no idea where to start with this

Many Thanks for you help my banjo friends

Oh and I’m UK based (for potential shopping)

LukeL - Posted - 01/09/2021:  05:28:29


If you want to edit video, make sure you have a pretty decent PC to handle the video files, and record them on your camera and work with them in an editor afterwards to replace the audio for audio recorded from your mic. (A program like Premiere Pro is the most advanced, something like VideoPad will certainly do.) This is obviously subject to opinion, but I think video editing is much easier on a Mac, including the abundance of great software available for macOS, even free software like iMovie I find to be better than even the best Windows option...

What other specific questions do you have? I'd be willing to try to help!

Luke

dickiedidoe - Posted - 01/09/2021:  10:07:38


Hi Luke, thanks. I am resigned to matching up the audio and video. I was hoping to do it all in one go. Actually have a copy of premier elements 13 which isn’t too bad.. I did wonder if it was worth swapping out the camera for a reasonable webcam but as you say. I’ll record on my camera.. I often wonder what other people’s setups consist of.
Cheers

mikehalloran - Posted - 01/17/2021:  21:18:54


quote:

Originally posted by dickiedidoe

Hi Luke, thanks. I am resigned to matching up the audio and video. I was hoping to do it all in one go. Actually have a copy of premier elements 13 which isn’t too bad.. I did wonder if it was worth swapping out the camera for a reasonable webcam but as you say. I’ll record on my camera.. I often wonder what other people’s setups consist of.

Cheers






Even though I'm on a Mac where iMovie is free and have Final Cut Pro x for the heavy lifting, the majority of my work is done in Adobe Premiere Elements. I don't remember 13 but 19/2021 is extremely easy to use and has a lot of included effects. Premiere Elements 2021 (aka 19) is $69.99, $99.99 bundled with Photoshop Elements. If you qualify for EDU pricing, the bundle is $79.99 (Adobe accepts Private Instructor in the qualification field).



I'm not a big fan of the online help files but there are a ton of user uploaded YouTube videos — except for the fact that everyone talks too much before showing what you want to know, they're pretty good.

banjoak - Posted - 01/18/2021:  16:31:54


quote:

Originally posted by dickiedidoe

Hi folks, I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from the banjo and pretty much all music for a few years now.. busy with family stuff. Anyway.. apart from feeling pretty rusty, I would like to start recording myself with video on the pc. I would like this to be good enough quality (so that it sounds nice) and I would also like to be able to share this me my old music pal (guitarist) and ultimately I would like him to put down his track and video (ideally).

I currently have

A PC,

An Auna usb mic (seems ok)

A Shure SM57 mic

A DSLR camera (Nikon D3100) which I’ve worked out I can’t connect to the pc and live record

A poor webcam the picture is good but mic is very poor



I appreciate that’s not a lot to go on but can you help and get me started.



I have no idea where to start with this



Many Thanks for you help my banjo friends



Oh and I’m UK based (for potential shopping)






A few thoughts.



The SM57 will need an interface (like a Focusrite Scarlett or other).



You didn't mention it but might consider using a DAW software program, like Cakewalk, Logic, Reaper, Ardour, Cubase... for better sound editing, and multitrack expansion;  some have a bit video sync capabilities built in.



For more video editing, OBS Studio is a free program that many podcasters use, and might suit your needs.



You can use a smartphone (even an old one sitting around) as a webcam; with an app like epochCam or iVcam, sends the live video stream to your computer.



 



 

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