Audio For Video Project

View my Final Audio for Video project below.

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Preparing to Mix

April 26, 2017

I finished editing all of my old blog posts today.  I spent some time in open lab tuning the small vocal parts that Javier and myself added to “These Walls” last Thursday.

April 27, 2017

I spent the majority of my time looking at all of my tracks in the pro tools session for “These Walls.”  A lot of the editing was checking my audio transitions to make sure there were no clicks or pops.  I restored the clip gain to all of my tracks and consolidated the tracks so that I could easily import them into my mix session.

April 28, 2017

I have been tryjng to figure out what to add to my audio for video project because it sounds somewhat empty to me with just the poem in the background.  I decided that I would attempt to record the audio of myself mocking the dance moves that chelsi performs in the video do that I can overdub the sounds.  I used Audio Technica U851a boundary microphones placed on the left and right side of the rooms.  I recorded the microphones into a handheld zoom recorder.  After I finished this I spent a lot of time editing the audio tracks from my location recording and started to mix it.  I was also able to edit and consolidate the majority of my tracks for “Diary.”

I plan on coming into open lab at the college Saturday morning to work some more.

Vocal Make Ups

April 20th, 2017

I had already booked time in the Yamaha DM 2000 to work on editing my projects but because I wasn’t able to record vocals for my location project on Tuesday I asked the vocalist to come in today and overdub her vocals.  We used an Audio Technica 4050 Condenser Microphone.  We did three or four takes of “Soundwave” (which only has vocals during the intro) and we only did one take of vocals for “Misfit.”  The vocalist was tired and didn’t want to stay long.  I also told her not to worry about it too much since it was technically supposed to be a location recording.

After we finished with that Javier came to the school to record a small male vocal part for “These Walls.”  I also did a pass of the same vocal part just in case they needed to be replaced or added to.

I also played a rough edit of my Audio For Video project for Javier.  He suggested that I use some walla (background noise ex: a crowd, bar noise, street noise) in my video to give it an ambience.  I think that it definitely needs something to add to the feel of it since I wasn’t able to get the foot sounds that I wanted.  There is also a part where the dancer claps so I recorded claps while I was in the studio so that I could use them to overdub.

He also suggested using synth pads from a keyboard to fill up a lot of the space that seems to be missing in “These Walls” when compared to the original.  I am trying to stray away from recording any more in the last two weeks of Capstone.  Francis suggested that I duplicate and highly process certain tracks to get the effect I believe the song needs.  I will probably do this instead due to time constraints.

Back Up/Video Editing

April 19th, 2017

I took a good 10 minutes this morning to back up all of my recent versions of all of my projects onto my computer and both of my external hard drives.  It’s been a while since I did a full back up and since we’re getting close to the end of the semester I want to make sure I don’t lose anything.

I also spent about 3 hours editing the video for my audio for video project in the Video Departments Open Lab.  Pro Tools doesn’t allow for any real video editing so it made more sense for me to edit the video in Adobe Premiere Pro.  I have a good amount of previous experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro so it was much easier for me to reacquaint  myself with the updated version of this program at the college as opposed to downloading and learning a different program on my own laptop.  I think I will also get a better video quality if I bring the edited audio from Pro Tools into Adobe Premiere Pro and export the video from there as opposed to exporting the video from Pro Tools.

Adobe Premiere Pro


Audio for Video (Dance Video)

April 13th, 2017

Thursday I booked the SSL Duality so that I could use the live room as a space for my dancer to perform for my audio for video project.  I cleared out a space where the drums are usually placed.  We recorded five takes of her dancing using a Canon D3100.  I originally planned to use two Audio Technica U851A Boundary Microphone’s to pick up the sound of her feet movements.  This didn’t work the way I planned because I had to play the poem out of my phone so that she could reference it while she danced.  I thought about having her perform one last take without the poem so that I could just pick up the sound of her feet but I decided not to because she was getting pretty tired.  One issue that I perceived for the video editing was that the dance was more of a freestyle with particular movements that stayed the same so it will be hard to sync the videos.  I will likely just have to choose the best take.

General Project Update

April 3rd, 2017

Diary (Studio Song):  The recording for this song is complete.  I just need to tune vocals, clean up the tracks and create a mix.

These Walls (Studio Song 2): I still need to record female vocals and add in saxophone MIDI. I also have to tune my vocals and the violins before I begin mixing this song.

Audio For Video (A4V): I have one audio for video project completed but I’m not happy with it.  I recently performed in the choreo-poem “For Colored Girls.”  One section of the performance consisted of a dancer performing during a poem.  I thought it would be interesting to record the audio of the poem and the video of the dancer for my A4V.

During the performance of the play last week the sound engineer (Josh) let me record the main outs of the Soundcraft K2 board into a Zoom H4N Recorder using a XLR to 1/4″ cable.  The performer used a Shure Beta 58 Dynamic microphone.

Location Recording: I also have a location recording that I’m not completely satisfied with. I have been speaking with an 8 piece groove fusion band named “Inspire One” to coordinate a time and place for us to record.

Mix: It’s been a while since I’ve revisited my mix project.  I have to work on dynamics and signal processing.

Remix: I have worked on a couple of ideas for my ReMix but I’m going to spend the majority of my time working on it this week so that it is ready to turn in on Tuesday April 11th.

Audio For Video (Mix Template)

I had previously used Jing to capture my desktop screen as I went through my Mix Template tutorial for my audio for video project.  Unfortunately Jing only lets you export .SWF files (some trick they seem to be using to get you to buy their video editing/conversion software “Camtasia”).  Bryant suggested that I use OBS which allows you to choose different file formats for your video.  I don’t believe OBS is as convenient as Jing.  I ended up needing to make video edits to my video (which unfortunately is not possible in Pro Tools).  I do not own a video editing software for my MacBook so I downloaded the trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro.  After making my edits there I brought the video into my Pro Tools session.

I checked out an MXL 2010 microphone and a Handheld H4N Zoom Recorder for the weekend so that I could record the vocals for my tutorial.  Overall I do think my vocals ended up sounding kind of boxy so I think it will be best if I re-record them.  There are also some timing issues I would like to fix.  I was able to edit my video down to five minutes.  You can view it below: