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Old April 10th, 2008, 06:03 AM   #1
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Narrate using a Video Camera.

Can a video camera be used to record (Audio) for narration for a documentary? I am looking at either the Sony PD170 or the Panasonic DVX100B. Can this be done or do I need to purchase a sound recorder for this prupose? If so, is it as simple and just recording with the camera and setting up the mic for good audio?

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Old April 10th, 2008, 06:57 AM   #2
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I've certainly done it for some voiceover for a short film - worked fine.
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Certainly can be done, but if you have a separate recorder you would probably get better control and higher quality recording. Many camera's audio sections are of less than stellar quality. You might also get a small desk mixer and record directly into your editing computer using a program such as Audacity or even your video editing program
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I recently did a voiceover for an instructional video. The narrater had to watch a copy of the footage to time it out right, so I used a pd170 to record, and I pointed the video camera at the TV screen to make it easier to sync it together. worked great for my application.
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Old April 14th, 2008, 12:58 AM   #5
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Well since Iam in Afghanistan and dont know that much about audio I will have to 86 the idea of a different sound mixer. Thats just makes it that much more complecated. Dont get me wrong, I would to try that but I know its going to be difficult as it is doing the narration. Ilike the camera pointing at the screen, thats kinda likea "Foly system" right? Is there a special way I should write up the narration?

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