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Old 08-24-2010, 02:59 AM
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Default camera/video camera + editing software?

so i have cubase + an 4 mics for my drums and i really want to be able to record some drum covers
but a few slight problems

1. i dont have a camera
any recommendations (doesnt need good quality just fastish frame rate) and preferably not to expensive

2. i dont know how to to sync video with drumming

and help would be greatly appreciated

i guess this shouldnt really be in "drum gear" but couldn't think of a better place :)

im getting a mac in october so possibly there is better editing software on there for video's? (i know logic for the actual songs)

but currently i just have a pc with cubase but no video editing gear

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Old 08-24-2010, 06:21 AM
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Default Re: camera/video camera + editing software?

Dont know if im really helping at all but i use a JVC everio and i get great video and sound quality from it. Sony Vegas 10 is a great program for video editing. As for syncing the audio and video, just take your audio file and clip to the beginning of the video, then just play around with the placement until you get it right, the first few times you might need to play around with it a little more, but eventually you will get the hang of the editing.

As for you mac, i movie is wonderful, but from my experience with editing my skatevideo's it can sometimes lag a bit depending on what other programs you have running.

Good luck man!!
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:37 AM
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:46 AM
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Default Re: camera/video camera + editing software?

any camera will work as long as you can get the footage onto your computer. most cameras will be able to record audio as well (guidetrack). the guidetrack is automatically sync'd with the picture.
start recording with the camera, and record using your 4 mics-computer and cubase.
synchronize your guidetrack with the audio you recorded with cubase. there is software you can use to automatically match the waveforms, but i just match up the manually. snare hits are easy to match and sync. cubase also has a track for video, so you can see when you've gotten everything in sync.

if you want to actually edit video, you will need other software. other than vegas, premiere, avid and other pro apps, i've heard windows media maker will do a basic job.
when you get your mac, imovie is also a good start.
i'm sure there are free video editing apps out there. it depends on what you want to do with your vids that should determine your investment in the hardware/software...
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:32 AM
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Default Re: camera/video camera + editing software?

Before this goes off the technical deep end, I'm looking at what you require:

You want to do drum covers
You want to do them on video so you can post them on YouTube.

I don't think we're talking about sync-ing video to audio, are we? You're simply going to be playing your drums to a pre-recorded track and then uploading it for the world to see, right?

I do it one of two ways:

1) I have a Zoom Q3 video recorder that records everything from a nice stereo mic on top of the camera to a flash card. You could play your tracks through an amp, and simply play your drums along. When you have a performance you can be happy with, simply plug the Zoom into your computer's USB port and start the Zoom software. It'll even upload from there to YouTube! It's all built in.

2) I also have a Kodak Zi8 hi-def flash video recorder and this one has the all-important stereo line-in jack. I simply play my tracks through my mixer, mic up my drums through my mixer, set the input level on the camera, hit record and go to town. Since this camera can record at 720 (it does 1080 too), I can load that video into my Mac's iMovie, and edit, and then upload to YouTube. (I'm working on my first video production with this camera, I'll upload it soon). Oddly enough, this camcorder was cheaper than the standard def Zoom Q3! But the Zoom is a god send if I just want to throw the camera on a stand and record a live band (which I've done - it's great for that).

If you want to show people how you play, I don't think you need to sync anything together. Just play the track, and play along. Don't make it too complicated, then you're spending all your time figuring out how to make that work and not playing.
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