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Old March 7th, 2008, 06:43 AM   #1
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Recording voice over

Hi All,
I know its by no means ideal but deadlines and no way of getting decent audio equipment in time means im going to record some voice over for a documentary onto tape through my xlh1 using the onboard mic....
anyway my question is: can anyone suggest how i would get the best sound quality using this 'setup'. Im thinking of putting plenty of padding between the camera and mic, recording in a well padded room and i have a trained voice over artist, but are there any other words of wisdom you guys and gals could give to a complete and utter audio novice?
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Old March 7th, 2008, 08:11 AM   #2
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"well padded room"......Talking to Henry, one of my video mates yesterday he mentioned that he'd read that one of the best environments to do voice overs in was actually inside a car...since car makers spend a fortune on the design and materials for sound deadening acoustic interiors - especially if you own a luxury model (maybe one day!)

Obviously, you don't want to be doing this at a service station next to a busy motorway but parked up somewhere quiet.

Maybe if you had a "rough" video file playing on a portable DVD player or laptop and view the screen as you do it?
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Old March 7th, 2008, 09:18 AM   #3
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I may just try that....now to find an expensive car; think the ferrari garage would let me borrow one for an afternoon? thanks for the info Andy
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Old March 7th, 2008, 08:13 PM   #4
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Turn off AGC and set the levels. Experiment to find the best placement of the mic to the talent. You may get better audio with the cam facing to the side of the talent or using only one channel of audio instead of the stereo pair.

Please let us know what works best.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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Correct me if I am wrong, but if you are JUST recording audio (no video is what it sounds like you are doing), make sure you put it in SD mode. In HDV mode, it compresses the audio into an MPEG layer, whereas in SD mode, you usually have a choice of setting 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz at 16 bit (both are much higher quality).

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Old March 8th, 2008, 06:10 AM   #6
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thanks for the info guys, some things there that im sure will help. i will definitely shoot in sd if thats the case- some thing i would never have thought of!!
cheers, ill let you know how i get on,
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