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Osedmen
post Jan 25 2015, 03:27 AM
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Hi Gmc´s

Today i want to ask you about how to record a nice video not very expensive.

I want to do some new arrangements like this ... with a background

like this style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C8mpP0mdrY (my friend Daniel Realpe, instructor! of gmc)

Can you help how to do this?

what editor do you use?

What camera.... and if is necessary a projector.

tell me how to do some videos at home not very expensive , thanks a lot.



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post Jan 25 2015, 07:52 AM
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QUOTE (Osedmen @ Jan 25 2015, 02:27 AM) *
Hi Gmc´s

Today i want to ask you about how to record a nice video not very expensive.

I want to do some new arrangements like this ... with a background

like this style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C8mpP0mdrY (my friend Daniel Realpe, instructor! of gmc)

Can you help how to do this?

what editor do you use?

What camera.... and if is necessary a projector.

tell me how to do some videos at home not very expensive , thanks a lot.

The way I do it is very easy, and cheap. Just go get a inexpensive web cam, something HD though.
Then you can download QuickTime pro for I think 20 USD, or something like that can't remeber.
Set QT to use your new web cam and set it to use your audio input you use for recording into your DAW
Hit record on both your DAW and QT
WHEN done, in your daw import your movie and create a track in your daw for the audio from the movie. Then import the movie audio. Stretch out the audio waveform then drag the movie audio to match your guitar recording wich is really easier than it sounds, cause the guitar you want to hear in finished product and the movies recorded audio wave form look exactly the same and matching it is easy when you stretch it out. After you do that mute the track from the movies audio then hit play and video and track will be perfectly in sync.
Sounds confusing but after I've recorded this whole process take about 5 mins, when you get used to it.
I use Logic Pro x , don't know what daw you use but I'f it allows you to import movies should be similar process.
And if anyone knows easier way than let my know. Would be cool if there was a way to record the video right into the daw but the only way I know is to make the video and import it, and match up the audio wich syncs the video.
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post Jan 25 2015, 10:01 PM
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QUOTE (dcz702 @ Jan 25 2015, 06:52 AM) *
The way I do it is very easy, and cheap. Just go get a inexpensive web cam, something HD though.
Then you can download QuickTime pro for I think 20 USD, or something like that can't remeber.
Set QT to use your new web cam and set it to use your audio input you use for recording into your DAW
Hit record on both your DAW and QT
WHEN done, in your daw import your movie and create a track in your daw for the audio from the movie. Then import the movie audio. Stretch out the audio waveform then drag the movie audio to match your guitar recording wich is really easier than it sounds, cause the guitar you want to hear in finished product and the movies recorded audio wave form look exactly the same and matching it is easy when you stretch it out. After you do that mute the track from the movies audio then hit play and video and track will be perfectly in sync.
Sounds confusing but after I've recorded this whole process take about 5 mins, when you get used to it.
I use Logic Pro x , don't know what daw you use but I'f it allows you to import movies should be similar process.
And if anyone knows easier way than let my know. Would be cool if there was a way to record the video right into the daw but the only way I know is to make the video and import it, and match up the audio wich syncs the video.



After you get the video and DAW audio in sync then what? How do you actually save the video with the new audio file? I use Cubase 7.

Any help with this would be awesome. Thanks!!

Rob
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Bogdan Radovic
post Jan 25 2015, 10:36 PM
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QUOTE (Osedmen @ Jan 25 2015, 03:27 AM) *
Hi Gmc´s

Today i want to ask you about how to record a nice video not very expensive.

I want to do some new arrangements like this ... with a background

like this style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C8mpP0mdrY (my friend Daniel Realpe, instructor! of gmc)

Can you help how to do this?

what editor do you use?

What camera.... and if is necessary a projector.

tell me how to do some videos at home not very expensive , thanks a lot.


Hey there! smile.gif

Now I'm not sure 100% how that specific video you have posted a link to was recorded, it looks to me that it might have been shot in a studio or any real space which has that kind of interesting background.

From your post, I think you are interested in gear needed to shoot "green screen" background videos? When there is a need to add an artificial background to the video we shoot, we need to record it against a green (or blues) screen - just like in the movies. This green or blue color is used because camera picks it up well and also we usually don't have any items on us (clothes) which matches the exact green or blue color. When we have a video recorded like this, we can "replace" all the green or blue with a custom background image or video.

To shoot green screen videos on cheap, you'd need these items :

1. Muslin green screen key background
2. Camera
3. Video editing software

More details about each:

1. Muslin green screen key background: this is just a sheet of fabric which is in specific colour. I'd recommend green. You need to set this up as your background and make sure that it is propped up nicely so that the material is stretched and doesn't have any creases. Muslin material is usually a good option but you could go cheaper by finding paper green screen backdrops. Paper is usually very handy to setup on room walls as you can just tape it to the walls. There is also option of "plastic/rubber like materials" - I would not recommend these as they produce reflections which can make you lot of trouble in editing. Last option is to actually paint the room wall in a specific shade of green to function as your green screen background.

2. Camera: now this is a bit stretched. Do you presently have any cameras you could use? Also, lots of current model smartphones have amazing HD video shooting capabilities. I'd generally suggest a camera options in this order: phone camera, camcorder (like Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1010), DSLR camera (like Canon 550D). Phone camera can be really good option if you have a newer phone (some cell phones like iPhone 5 have really good camera/video recording capability). There are also small camcorders which record to SD cards and which are very handy to use (make sure they do record FULL HD). DSLR cameras are actually photo cameras which can record videos. This has brought a bit of revolution to independent film productions and online videos producers as these cameras (like Canon 550D and others) can really rival much more expensive video and even film cameras. I'd bet a ton of guitar videos and video blogs online are shot with DSLR type of cameras. You can usually recognize these videos by nice depth of field effect (bokeh/blur) due to various lenses used. On the cheap: try searching ebay for a camcorder which records to SD Card or hard drive and which is in Full HD. There should be lots of older Sony and Canon camcorders out there which still can record really great video. If you find a certain model, please post here about it and we could all together check out the specs. BTW - the most practical and cost effective solution if you have a decent PC is to get a nice HD webcam. Logitech has some cool models.

3. Video editing software: once you have your guitar video shot against a green background, you need to edit the video and "cut" the background and insert there a specific picture or video instead of it. This is done by applying the effect called (usually) : keying. My video software suggestions would include Sony Vegas (there should be a trial available!) or any other built in editing software (if you are on Mac it is a iMovie). Some video editing software doesn't include keying effect but most do. I think it should also be doable in Windows Movie Maker judging by Youtube tutorials available on it. There should also be a free video editing software available out there but I can't remember its name (Todd Simpson - please help? smile.gif ).

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In any of the cases, you won't be needing a projector for this setup. To me green screen videos is not always a good idea though and here is why: to be able to do a professional looking green screen video, you do need to have excellent lighting in the room with enough lights for the subject (You) and green screen background. You can't have shadows on the green screen background as the effect in the video editing software will not work then properly and you'll have really bad looking green screen effect with glitches and artifacts.

In those cases and as a simpler solution, I'd suggest just getting a nice looking video background. This way you can record your videos and always be sure they will looks as good as they are recorded. Of course, you loose the possibility of adding ANY background behind you in the videos but you gain simplicity in the setup and in the end, more profesional looking video. Green screen can fail even in real video studios/productions, depending on the setup etc.

To be able to get a great looking video (with any setup), you do need to have as much light in the room as possible. As a cheap DIY solution, I usually recommend a set of work lights (flood lights) pointed at the room ceiling so that the lights bounce off the walls.

Hope this helps, please let me know if you have any follow up questions - I'll be glad to help you set this up?

QUOTE (RobbieJ @ Jan 25 2015, 10:01 PM) *
After you get the video and DAW audio in sync then what? How do you actually save the video with the new audio file? I use Cubase 7.

Any help with this would be awesome. Thanks!!

Rob


Good question Rob, I'd also like to know about this possibility as it feels very convenient. I know Cubase does have some video capability built in and even though I use it as my primary DAW, I never had a chance to try it out or explore but I think it could be doable! smile.gif I'd search for file>export>video or similar option there.

My approach with audio/video sync is similar but opposite in the final step.
I would record audio in Cubase (DAW) and video on the camera (can also be captured directly in the video editing software if it is from the webcam or other connected video device. Once you have video + crappy camera mic sound and quality sound from DAW you can import both files in the video editing software (Sony Vegas, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker etc) and use the crappy mic sound to sync that audio track with high quality guitar track you recorded in your DAW. Once those two audio tracks are in sync, video track will be automatically in sync. What you do then is just mute the "crappy camera mic" audio track and keep the video + DAW audio tracks. As a final step, you need to export the video and render it to produce the final video file/recording.

Please let me know if you need any more details on my approach, I'll be glad to help smile.gif


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post Jan 25 2015, 11:22 PM
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Bogdan, when I open Windows Movie Maker 2012 I can import the video, but I don't see where the crappy audio is. I can import the DAW audio but since I don't see the crappy audio, I can't sync it. Thoughts? What am I missing? How do I view, use to sync the DAW to, and then ultimately mute the crappy video?

Here is a screenshot of what I'm seeing.

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post Jan 26 2015, 12:50 AM
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QUOTE (RobbieJ @ Jan 25 2015, 11:22 PM) *
Bogdan, when I open Windows Movie Maker 2012 I can import the video, but I don't see where the crappy audio is. I can import the DAW audio but since I don't see the crappy audio, I can't sync it. Thoughts? What am I missing? How do I view, use to sync the DAW to, and then ultimately mute the crappy video?

Here is a screenshot of what I'm seeing.

Thanks,

Rob


Hi Rob - I have taken a look at some videos online and resources (I'm not on Windows platform at the moment myself) and it seems Windows Movie Maker 2012 is not really smooth software to use for editing this kind of videos. You can allign DAW audio with crappy audio from the video, but you'll need to do it manually (without visual clues), dragging it left or right and fine tuning.

Here you can see a youtube video on the process:



You can mute the audio track by going to "Music tools" menu up to the top right. There you can select the video track with crappy audio and lower the volume to 0. Do this, after you align the DAW audio.

I think a better bet might be to use another video editing software. Maybe download a trial of Sony Vegas or similar software from Sony. Also here is a free video editor which instructor Todd has discovered (it has some features locked so not fully free), I have never used it myself but it looks promissing and it is available for all platforms: http://www.lwks.com/


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post Jan 26 2015, 04:00 AM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Jan 25 2015, 11:50 PM) *
Hi Rob - I have taken a look at some videos online and resources (I'm not on Windows platform at the moment myself) and it seems Windows Movie Maker 2012 is not really smooth software to use for editing this kind of videos. You can allign DAW audio with crappy audio from the video, but you'll need to do it manually (without visual clues), dragging it left or right and fine tuning.

Here you can see a youtube video on the process:



You can mute the audio track by going to "Music tools" menu up to the top right. There you can select the video track with crappy audio and lower the volume to 0. Do this, after you align the DAW audio.

I think a better bet might be to use another video editing software. Maybe download a trial of Sony Vegas or similar software from Sony. Also here is a free video editor which instructor Todd has discovered (it has some features locked so not fully free), I have never used it myself but it looks promissing and it is available for all platforms: http://www.lwks.com/



Thanks Bogdan...that helps out a lot! I'm still wondering about the Cubase video/audio thing though...If there is anyone out there that edits the video/audio in Cubase, please let me know exactly how this works. Thanks!!

Rob
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post Jan 26 2015, 07:54 AM
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QUOTE (RobbieJ @ Jan 25 2015, 09:01 PM) *
After you get the video and DAW audio in sync then what? How do you actually save the video with the new audio file? I use Cubase 7.

Any help with this would be awesome. Thanks!!

Rob

To answer you and bogdan,
I use the option under qt pro to chose my audio interface to capture the audio of my guitar, instead of using the external mic. That way I get I pretty decent sound and a defined waveform when I import the track into my daw. I import the movie first then I have a option to import the movies audio. Since the qt pro captured the audio from my interface and logic captured the main track I use for finished video, I put the main track on track 1 and qt track under track two, then stretch it all the way out so even the beggening click takes up a whole screen. Then I drag the quik times audio to match up track 1 my guitar. Then mute track 2 (the movie audio).

Then under file I have a option to export movie anywhere I want. The voila, all done.
I used to do it the way bogdan described by matching everything up in imovie but I find this easier for me. If I made the description confusing I could do a quik video capture and you can see the whole process.

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