Saturday, August 13, 2011

Trying to Learn Some Software

I spent a little time trying to learn to sync up audio and video today using Adobe Premiere Elements.  The first order of business was creating the audio and video.  Carly was out shopping and Tobias thought the idea of making her a "video card" was fun, then changed his mind once everything was rolling.  Its still amusing, so I went with it anyway.  I used our P&S camera as the video camera and a little Zoom handheld recorder for sound.

So, what did I learn?
  •   The fish tank is loud.
  • Adobe Premiere Elements doesn't come stock with a motion jpeg codec.  That was annoying, but I converted the video with ffmpeg to get around that for the time being.
  • Window light works for video too.
  • The camera doesn't default to HD (d'oh).  It is set correctly now.
  • Its not too terrible hard to sync the audio and video together. First trick needed is to unlink the audio and video on the timeline.  After that it is pretty simple really.
  • It really was worth it to record the sound separately -- The audio off the camera has lots of white noise and seems to really "spike" up in volume when Tobias was talking.
Some day maybe I'll use a camera that can capture decent video.  For now, I'm going to use what I have to goof around.

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