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  • in reply to: I want to record QUALITY NARRATION! Would a MIXER help? #176116
    Avatarnormklobetanz
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    Thanks, Earl. Yes, I have tried to build sound booths, etc. To deal with the s and p sounds and other inadvertent audio issues while recording narration, I use multiple takes listening with head phones and setting the levels manually in the camera, then piecing together in nle and there make final tweeks. But all this is too cumbersome and time consuming for the videos I often produce on a limited budget. I often am making a short video for a client’s web site and edit video and write narration as I go along. Then I record my own voice as the narrator and splice it in (sometimes use my wife). I have a new higher end project and want to come up with a more professional narration. I should point out that I am not talking about video interviews; I am talking about anonymous narrators. I need to find a talent and I will probably use my lavalier and camera in a quiet remote outdoor setting (no wind or human caused sound–my videos are virtually all outdoor related). This seams to give me the best results. The problem with this is it will be very difficult to make narration changes later as the edit evolves. My videos usually involve many clips drawn from my extensive stock footage with footage shot for a specific project and the videos tend to evolve a little from the original script as the editing progresses. I also would like to streamline and improve my work flow so as not to have to capture narration from the camera, but simply copy and past from a digital recorder (of course making adjustments as needed in the nle). I don’t need perfect sound quality and hope that a portable digital audio recorder will do the trick. I would appreciate any other comments.

    in reply to: I want to record QUALITY NARRATION! Would a MIXER help? #176114
    Avatarnormklobetanz
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    I often have to add narration/voice-over to my own videos or videos I am hired to produce for others. I’m still with mini-DV and don’t have XLR set ups. ( Actually I have an AKG Perception 100 XLR microphone with a USB adaptor. I tried recording narration directly into the computer–apparently the phantom power through the USB port was not enough as the volume is not enough and it distorts or is too tiny when boosting it enough in post.) The best voice-over I get is with my inexpensive wireless lavaliers. However, the hassle of setting up and recording all the necessary takes on camera and then capturing all this (deleting the unwanted video after capture) is too time consuming. I have been looking at the newer Portable Digital Audio Recorders. My research shows that they will record a voice-over in .wav and have the quality using their on-board mics to simply copy and past to my PC and nle. What a time saver! It also could be used to capture natural and back ground sound. If only I knew if the quality was good enough. I am considering the Sony PCM–D50 ($400 to $500, ouch!), or the more reasonable Tascam DR-1 ($200 to $300). I would like to get some feed back on this approach. I’m tired of buying products that don’t measure up and can’t afford the high end stuff. Recording and capturing voice-overs with a camera is cumbersome and too time consuming if one has to do it often. Has anyone tried the approach I am considering?

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