I’ve been dabbling with audio
…and dare I say it video over the last few weeks. Photography I get (well sort of) but audio…yikes now that is a whole different world.
And then I started to run into the usual sorts of problems associated with capturing audio and a DSLR: crap sound. Which is rather ironic (or not) given that Canon provided such a magnificent way of capturing video. So I bought myself some new toys (of course)
…one of these Rode Video Mic Pros to capture better sound when it’s just dialogue (along with a deadcat…seriously…to help it when it’s windy..can’t make it up)
…one of these..a Zoom H1 recorder for ambient sound
And then a rather particular piece of geek’dom..a Sescom LN2MIC – or a rather funky cable that allows the output from the Mic to pass directly to the camera. “Why” I hear you cry is this so important? Simply because then you avoid having to synchronise audio and video in post production. And oh for the mercy of god…Adobe Premier Pro…death by Adobe.
Anyway, I’m coming to the conclusion that proper video production, much like photography is best left to the professionals (ahem!) However it is proving useful for the work I do with Walk the Walk
Audio is another matter.
I’m loving it. Capturing ambient sound is a wonderful wonderful medium I have never explored before. Oh how I wish I had had a recorder as my daughter started to speak. Drat! My biggest stumbling block is getting the levels correct and I appear to be frequently under levelling…basically making it too quiet.
So I leave you with a slideshow I put together (credits for some of images to Ian Jones and Lloyd Smith) from the last MoonWalk with some of the ambient sounds from the event…this was my first use of the Zoom H1…
…and perhaps best of all a recording of my daughter singing: “Super Cala”