SYNCING AUDIO FOR VIDEO
Nothing feels more unnatural than watching video that is out of sync with the audio, but quality audio means incorporating an external audio source. Read on to find out just how to get all your feeds perfectly in sync.
As good as the in-built microphone on your DSLR is, you’ll probably want to invest in a separate audio recorder as you progress with your video explorations.
That’s because the recorder from your camera is likely to capture everything that’s going on when you’re recording, which may not be optimal for getting clear dialog from your main subject.
A separate recorder placed near to the speaker allows you to get focused sound for clear audio, but introduces an extra element that you’ll have to deal with – syncing the two feeds so the audio matches the video.
USE A CLAPPER OR SOME OTHER DEVICE TO MAKE A LOUD SOUND JUST AFTER YOU HIT RECORD
This way, the noise is captured by both your camera and the audio device at the exact same time. Do this for every take, and you’ll have an easier time matching all the audio back later. (And more so if you’re using multiple cameras)
KEEP A TIME LOG OF WHEN RECORDING STARTS AND ENDS
If possible, have someone keep track of all the times you hit “record” and “stop” for the day, and add notes about each take so you know exactly which portion you’re looking to use. This is especially handy if you follow the tip above and leave the audio on all the time, as you can just jump forward to the appropriate segment of audio by time.
LET THE AUDIO STAY ROLLING AND ONLY PAUSE THE CAMERA
While video files are large, the size of audio is much more manageable and so you can probably afford to leave your audio devices running the entire time. This helps as you don’t have to worry about trying to simultaneously start both video and audio capture, and later you can just play back the audio to the appropriate point.