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Forum topic by Woodminer posted 08-16-2007 01:05 AM 1124 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2007 01:05 AM


New to the LumberJocks. Nicely done. I’ve felt that the concept of a woodworking community sharing visually as well as text-ually is a great one. This is nicely executed, IMO.

One thing that I’d like to see go on the FAQs for new videographers is to pay particular attention to audio levels when you’re recording. If one is recording using ambient sound (from the mic on the recorder only), one has to be particularly careful to get enough signal so that folks don’t have to strain to hear.

One of the things that I liked about Raffin’s video projects was that the early videos were all narration-added, with only a very few comments during the actual video sessions. That allowed the voice/audio quality to be plenty strong.

The addition of an inexpensive audio input device (microphone by any other name) for mounting on one’s lapel is a real help to this end. Many camera mounted pick-ups are just not sufficient for doing technical stuff like this. Birthday parties are fine, but when we really want to hear details about angles and such, volume is your friend. 8^)

Kudos to the owners of the site!

-- Dean, Missouri

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#1 posted 08-16-2007 02:55 AM

Let me know if these are loud enough. I use a mic and I’m 1/2 deaf so I think they are OK. But let me know…I can turn up the levels.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 08-16-2007 03:01 AM

With the turning vids I did, I tried to use a combination of both narration and live comments. The pen turning video is all narration just because of sound issues. Thanks for mentioning this, as it is a significant issue to take into consideration. As we all learn to be better at providing information, production quality should increase.



-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 08-16-2007 03:24 AM

I think your voice overs were fine Tom. Some of the audio from the video camera was low for me though.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 08-16-2007 03:25 AM


This is better than some, but still could be louder. It’s easy for viewers to turn it down, but when the audio is up to full tilt and it’s soft, it’s pretty much either strain and push the earphones into the bone, or shrug and go away. If you can bump it up, that would be a good thing. 8^)

Tom’s narration in his bowl series is pretty good, but I’d personally like to see it louder still. Again, easy to turn down. I’m with you, Tom. Part of the learning curve. Just something to be on the table for future contributors in the community.

Bob, I look forward to watching those with the increased sound, too.

-- Dean, Missouri

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#5 posted 08-20-2007 07:19 PM

I have been working with a compressor/gate and it does a great job. The gate will not open the channel until the sound level exceeds the threshold set on the gate, this keeps the Mic muted until you speak and then closes it when you are done. If you use a good mic that helps also. You can also edit out the background noice but that is very labor intensive and expensive.

-- Hope Never fails

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