Camcorder Recordings

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Rockstar Vatican Assassin
Member Since: Mar 20, 2009

This probably seems like a really stupid question, but does anyone have the best way to capture video of a musician while pulling the sound from your mixer? Are there camcorders available where you can pull the sound from a 'line in?" Or is there some other live feed video capture software that can tie into ASIO devices?

Right now, the only thing I can think to do is record the video with the camcorder and record the audio to my software and then use Video editing software to pair the two together. Seems like a lot of work for a stupid YouTube vid!!!


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Since: Jan 30, 2011

Apr 20, 2012 07:33 pm

As far as I know that's how everyone on youtube does it. I agree, lots of work. Especially when all you have is windows movie maker (me).

Since: Dec 04, 2007

Apr 21, 2012 12:56 am

I do believe they make camcorders with an external mic input option, but they're probably up in the mid-range ($300-$500-ish?)

Probably look around at reviews, and see if you can dig something up. Look at the usual suspects I guess. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Philips, etc.

The Czar of BS
Since: Dec 31, 2007

Apr 22, 2012 01:22 pm

As J-bot pointed out, you do need a camcorder with an external mic option. Then you will need to run the output of the mixer into a DI to knock the line level down to a mic level signal. I do this even for the guys from the news stations that are covering events.

However. This does bring up an issue as well. Most camcorders will not allow a dual signal. Meaning that it's one or the other. Either it's the board feed only, or the mic only.

So, in a small room, you may find your recordings very guitar light, and bass/drum heavy. As you are mixing for the room, board recordings suffer as a result. This technique works well for outdoor shows. But, not so much for indoor small venue shows.
Since: Feb 07, 2005

Apr 22, 2012 02:07 pm

Yup, gotta mix the two afterwards. One thing to keep in mind is that the music and video doesn't always sync due to playback on youtube. This video was 100% sync'd when uploaded and now it is not.

Rockstar Vatican Assassin
Since: Mar 20, 2009

Apr 23, 2012 09:46 am

One thing to keep in mind is that the music and video doesn't always sync due to playback on youtube.

Exactly! This is why the question was posted.... gotta be an easier way. My camcorder is about 6yrs old and uses the 'ol 8mm tapes. Yeah, its that bad!! My freak'n Android has a better video capture... but the sound is atrocious for capturing musicians playing live. The camcorder with mic in/line in might be the way to go... if I ever come up with the $800 to buy one!

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Apr 24, 2012 05:00 pm

I don't do it often but I record audio from the board to a separate mixer... then also have a mic mounted on the camera as a sync reference and then as soon as I load them into my video editor I line them up. this allows the use of multiple cameras... and cameras like super8s that dont sync to anything :)

heres a related project i worked on: Audio was recorded to DAT and I shot with my JVC HD110 and the director ran around with a super8 camera. People are more than happy to ignore out of sync drumming as long as the visuals are interesting and make sense. :)

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