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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-04-2010, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Creating youtube 720p guitar videos

Hi guys,

I couldn't find anything regarding this so on jemsite I decided to create a new post!

In the days of 720p, how to best create a guitar video to put on youtube ?

Assumptions:
- Medium powered laptop, 1.8 ghz dual core
- a guitar
- the wish to take multiple (maybe lots of) takes before committing to a good one.
- video will hopefully be 720p at a decent frame rate of 25fps or higher

Right now I'm using a Panasonic digital cam (not a camcorder) that has a 720p video feature. However... after 20 mins a fully charged battery starts to be drained. Also, the size limit per file is of 8 mins which isn't much for several takes, so you have to go and grab the cam and stop the video before starting a new one.

For the sound I use Reaper with my POD. This is cool... multiple takes are a breeze.

Problem after getting both sound and video is to get them synched up. The digital cam records in mov so I first need to copy the (very large) file to my computer.. like 700mb and then convert it to a usable AVI file, already using Xvid to compress. At this point, I can then fire up Sony Vegas to synch video + sound. Sony Vegas is extremely heavy and slow and I will again need to recompress into another format.

Is this more or less what you guys are doing ? I'm sure there's probably ways to optimize the procedure. And is there a nice cheap device that can record good quality 720p video up to like half an hour or more without interrupting ?

Just interested in knowing other people's approaches to this

Ideally I would be doing everything from the computer. For example.. having virtual dub recording both video from a high quality source and the sound from the POD limited only to HD space. Then in the end, I take the best bit, demux the guitar sound from that bit and overlay it into the backing track if there's one, then mux back again into that bit and that's it! Only 1 time video compression, only 1 time audio compression if we're working with wav files. However my digital cam doesn't work as a video driver (so I would need a video capture interface and an A/V cable) and the typical webcams suck terribly at frame rates specially in the evening (which is when you usually have more time to record).
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-04-2010, 12:29 PM
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Re: Creating youtube 720p guitar videos

The Flip Mino HD is a good, cheap 720P camcorder. I always use Adobe After Effects and Premiere for video and sound editing...



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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-04-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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Re: Creating youtube 720p guitar videos

I've got both a Creative Labs Vado 2nd Gen and a Memorex MCC228RSBLK (awesome!! 720P/5MP). The Memorex is great because it has a flip-out screen that can be faced forward AND has a built-in front-facing illumination lamp. It takes an SD card as memory, so you can slap an 8/16/32 GB card in there and you're good to go. I haven't done any extremely long videos but the ones I HAVE done have been extremely good quality.

I use SONAR Producer 8.5 and am just getting into video reviews. When I get a result out of Producer I'll post details and methodology.

Cheers,

Race
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