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#2509220 - 02/10/16 06:01 PM Introduction and Question about recording video/audio
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Registered: 02/05/16
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Hi everyone!

I have been lurking here for the past few weeks and figured it was time to come out of the shadows. I started playing again recently after about a 16 year hiatus. Mostly the hiatus was because of kids, job, grad school. I had forgotten how relaxing and enjoyable playing the piano is. I'm happy to rediscover my love for it.

I got a GoPro camera for Christmas, so I started making some Youtube videos. It's amazing how many errors/bad habits I can see in my playing in the videos, so I haven't posted too many yet, although I've posted many little 15 second snippets of me playing Vika Yermolyeva's covers on my Instagram (I am jencctx).

I'm using Audacity to record directly with a mixboard attached to my Korg C505 , and trying to time it as close as possible by pushing the record button on the camera at the same time as clicking "record" in Audacity. Then I use Windows MovieMaker to combine the two. It is kind of a clunky process, and my timing is rarely perfect at matching the audio and video. I was wondering what methods you use if you record yourself playing?

Thanks for any suggestions. I am happy to be here and enjoying reading all of your posts!
Jen
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#2509241 - 02/10/16 07:19 PM Re: Introduction and Question about recording video/audio [Re: Jen Weir]
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I currently record the piano with a DSLR on a tripod and the audio on a Zoom H1 recorder. Hoping to upgrade to an H6 soon though.

Since I have an acoustic piano I have to use some kind of recorder or mic as it doesn't have any digital output.

Then in audacity, I import the sound file from my video recording, and the sound file from my audio recorder and trim up the files so they sync. Once they sync up, I edit the audio recorder file and discard the video audio so the final result is the audio recorder sound file synced to my DSLR video.
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#2509434 - Yesterday at 10:40 AM Re: Introduction and Question about recording video/audio [Re: Michiyo-Fir]
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Thanks for responding! My camera lets me turn off the microphone, so I don't have that step of having to discard the audio file from the video file.
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#2509735 - Today at 08:46 AM Re: Introduction and Question about recording video/audio [Re: Jen Weir]
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Originally Posted By Jen Weir
Thanks for responding! My camera lets me turn off the microphone, so I don't have that step of having to discard the audio file from the video file.
I would recommend to leave the camera microphone on. The video editing program usually shows you the sound track as a wave form. So if you have both the wave form of the original sound track and the wave form of the track that was recorded with the additional audio recorder, then it is much easier for you to align this second sound track with the video. Because you can simply visually align the two wave forms (of the original and the additional sound track). After that, you can then discard the original sound track. If you don't have the original sound track to begin with (because you switched off the camera's microphone), then you have to align the aural sound track (by listening to it) with the visual video (by viewing it) which is much more of a hassle to get right.

EDIT: Actually, some video editing tools even have a feature to do this alignment of two sound tracks (that contain the same sound) for you, automatically. Which of course also only works if you leave the camera microphone on.


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#2509778 - Today at 10:43 AM Re: Introduction and Question about recording video/audio [Re: JoBert]
Jen Weir Online   content
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Registered: 02/05/16
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Oh, that's a good point. I turned off my camera microphone because I wear headphones and it was just recording background noise (like the tv that is constantly on). But, if syncing up the audio makes it an easier process, I'll just kick my family members off the tv and record with the camera mike on.
Thanks for the suggestions!
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https://www.reverbnation.com/jenweir/ Classical pieces I recorded in Midi about 16 years ago.
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