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Recording great audio along with Video?

Hey guys,

So i have a MacBook pro.
I also have and MBox 2 Mini with Pro Tools LE

With this i want to be able to combine iMovie along with the Protools.

The goal is the great sound quality and editing of Pro Tools along with the good video quality of iMovie.

How do I do this? Im kinda lost. Maybe even a little stupid...



RemyRAD Mon, 08/18/2008 - 11:32
My recommendation is to record your music through Pro tools and allow your camcorders to run free, all loaded with tape.

You later transfer the tape into your computer to a dedicated hard disk storage drive. Then you can marry the audio to the video utilizing your camcorders soundtrack as your synchronization source to your master tracks. Remember not to start and stop your camcorders as is full before incredibly difficult synchronization after-the-fact.

I do this sort of production UTILIZING FROM 2 to 6 camcorders. I'll take a audio feed off of the keyboard plus run 24 tracks simultaneously. I'll even take some of the sound from the camcorders as it is effective ambience when mixed in carefully. You don't need to hassle with time code because all computer systems, whether you're recording audio or video, is all based upon highly accurate quartz clocks and an internal time code system that once synchronized, generally holds synchronization for quite some time. You may need to occasionally resynchronize picture to video or vice versa? And you thought it took a long time to mix down songs? You ain't experienced multi-camera video editing yet. Have fun!

Don't forget to push the record button!
Ms. Remy Ann David

VonRocK Mon, 08/18/2008 - 18:22
I'm not familiar with Pro Tools.

iMovie 08 can be a little bit limiting. It's quick and easy to edit video with, but limited when with working with audio. However, that's why Garageband, which you have, can import iMovie projects, and let you create your soundtrack.

So, in your case, I would record and mix down your audio to a stereo wav.

Then edit your video in iMovie. Open up garageband, and import the iMovie project and as many audio files as you need to. Giddy up.

Of course, Pro Tools may or may have this option also.

Is this what you were thinking of when you said 'combine iMovie along with the Protools?

anonymous Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:03
I have a question to go along with this that I have always been wondering, what kind of mic's do you use for this situation?

The reason why im asking is because i am actively buying mic's for my home studio, but eventually would like to do video work. If I could sort of "kill two birds with one stone" on mic purchases that would be GREAT!

RemyRAD Tue, 08/19/2008 - 22:11
Well, on TV, it sure ain't your normal selection of high-end microphones. It's mostly what you use onstage, i.e. INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH MICROPHONES. A big bag full of SM57's & 58's and a couple of decent condensers for drum overheads. Yes, those $50 apiece Russian and/or Chinese (microphones that is) will work fine. Personally, I like 414's or SM 81's for my overheads. Those little Shure clip on condensers SM 94's and the like have become popular on late-night TV shows. Before those, I actually used to use Sony ECM 50's and Sennheiser MKE2 Omni directional lavalier microphones on tom toms! I made mounts for them with cheap stainless steel dinner forks duct taped to the drums. Nice, huh? I always wanted a salad after that? Not sure why?

And don't forget the bacon bits!
Ms. Remy Ann David

Now see? It's time for a salad again.


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