Audio and video out sync - delay

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I am recording some videos with iMovie HD with Mac's iSight camera. The sound is bad so I am using a H4Zoom microphone for a better sound quality.

The problem comes up when I want to put the two together. I can match them up at the start of the video, but for 1 hr of video there is about 2-5 seconds delay in the end of it.

I tried all sorts of things and its still not yelding.. Been banging my head on the walls.
Tried using FCPX delay audio function and IN the software, it works, I get it right, but the exported file, the final video is still delayed...

Please help

Thank you

Charles Schultz's picture
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What frame rate is you camera set at? It sounds like the two are off.

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How to correct the obvious differences in recording speed between the camera and Zoom I don't know, and it may not be possible. If the differential is only 1 frame per minute, in 30 minutes you'll be out of sync by a full second.

However, in post, try this: Sync the audio and video and play until you notice the beginning of sync loss. Back up a few seconds and render this portion of the material. Re-sync and repeat from this point, repeating as often as necessary. Hopefully you'll wind up with several clips, all rendered and all in sync. Combine them and you're in business.


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It's an extreme act of faith to assume that even the best of gear will hold sync for an extended period of time. I'd be surprised, given the tolerances of consumer and semi-professional gear internal crystal or PLL references, if the audio DID hold perfectsync in post. Shooting double system in the wonderful world of professional film or video demands a common sync reference and time code being recorded on the audio and video gear; and then a method to resolve the two in post.

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make sure the zoom is set to 48k and not 44.1 which is the cd standard. they should hold sync both being digital.





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As an experiment, earlier this year, I shot a live concert of folk-style music using my HVX-200A and a Korg MR-1000 digital audio recorder which was connected to an aux out on the PA console. In post (CS-4 )I monitored the camera audio as a reference and adjusted the external digital audio for sync. I was surprised to find that over the first hour of the show ( continuous run )the syncdrifted out a total of 3 or 4 frames, easily pulled up a frame at a time. I was prepared for a much bigger hassle but was relieved that the sync held as well as it did running wild!

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Hey guys!  I know I'm replying to an old thread here, but I was having this exact issue today and wanted to post my solution to the internet somewhere.

The iSight camera has no settings, and adjusts it's framerate by the amount of light available during the recording.  With adequate light it records at 30 fps, but will drop below that in low light.  If the frame rate is something lower than the project settings, there will be gradual audio sync loss in the project.  If you're recording a long clip in iMovie and want the audio to be in sync throughout, you need to be in bright light.  I'd suggest being near a window and using daylight.

I know this doesn't help those who have already recorded material, but this method can be used to prevent future synch issues when using import from camera with iSight in iMovie.