|Lessons Learned Blog|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 02 July 2012 20:17|
Since one of the goals of One on One: Inside the Crighton Theatre is to provide a growth environment for the staff and students, we will publish a blog detailing what we learn as we go.¬† In no particular order...
1) Either get the guests and hosts to speak up and enunciate or mic them.¬†¬†Cheapest way is to use wired mics.¬† The microphones attached to the camcorders are great at picking up background noises that you don't want.¬† You can eliminate some of the background sounds in post production.¬† However, the best way is to start with good source material (just as in photography).¬† Unfortunately there are no shortcuts when it comes to sound.
August 16, 2012
Sound quality continues to evade us.¬† We have verified with professionals that we have the best microphone recorders.¬† Just need to set them even closer to the guests.¬† Background noise also is an issue in a working theatre.¬† Color balance is next on the list.¬† We may need to use color bars (remember those when a station would go off the air?).
Light. Light. More light.¬† You can never have enough light.
On the positive side we have learned to adjust for camera positioning adjustments in Adobe Premiere.¬†Editing is also getting faster.¬† We are experimenting¬†with faster and slower cutting of interviews.
September 1, 2012
Reflections on glasses?!¬† I started noticing that even CNN has this problem.¬† At least we have been able to make podcast versions of the interviews easily (i.e. in batch mode thanks to Goldwave).
September 10, 2012
Bought my first color correction banner.¬† It has white, grey and black so that you can color correct each camera to a standard reference. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.¬† Maybe not.
September 24, 2012
My color correction banner is still NOT here.¬† However, I have learned something wonderful - ULTRAKEY!¬† Think of chroma key on steroids.¬† Now the green screen doesn't have to be perfect, or ironed, or lite perfectly.¬† About time.
Learning After Effects is still slow.¬† The next project is to enable Harley to talk so he can tell his story,
September 27, 2012
What I wouldn't give for a completely controlled studio with complete light, sound, and camera control.¬† Then again, I don't have much of a budget.¬† It is possible to manually white balance the cameras I have.¬† Now that I have my color correction banner we'll try it and see if we can control the colors between cameras so that video from each looks closer to each other.
Audio background noise still is a pain.¬† I can cancel out the noise but at the expense of reduced audio quality.¬† It is amazing how much background sounds there are everywhere.¬† My separate audio recorder is great as long as the guests and I don't bump the mic - which we seem to do.
October 7, 2012
For whatever reason, the preparation for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) helped us to discover two fixes for long suffering issues: sound and white balance.¬† We are now able to use the Zoom mp3 player to capture awesome audio.¬† The sound is incredible - at times.¬† We still have issues with closing doors, background talking, trains, etc.¬† Just have to wait for that sound studio next door.
As for white balance, we are finally able to manually white balance the inexpensive HD cameras.¬† Now the color from each of the cameras match each other.¬† Sounds trivial, but it has been a pain in the touche.
BTW if you missed ROCO at the Crighton, you missed some awesome music.¬† I didn't know that although the group is based in Houston, members come from as far away as New York or LA to play with the group on a regular basis.
October 28, 2012
Now that we have started white balancing manually, the colors are more uniform camera to camera. ¬†Bland, but uniform. ¬†We are working on additional lighting and sound control.
Jan 12, 2013
Now interviewees can say they have joined the ranks of the famous personalities - like Ray Price (Country Music Hall of Fame). Audio background noise seems to be under control with the exception of the train and people who refuse to be quiet. ¬†The noise removal via signal processing works fairly well as long as the background noise is constant such as a light hum.
May 5, 2013
More on sound sweetening. ¬†Make sure you get a sample of the background sound only. ¬†Target 80% removal of the background sound. ¬†Otherwise you will overcorrect and get sound artifacts. ¬†Now if we could get people entering the set to be QUIET.
July 6, 2013
Fuzzy video?! Come on! ¬†With a manual/auto focus and no apparent light changes how does the camera get out of focus? ¬†Fortunately, an unsharp mask can help with sharpening the picture. ¬†Sounds counterintuitive, but it works. ¬†It also increases the video processing time by about 4-5X times.
July 14, 2013
Every now and then something ends up on film that someone might not want to show.¬† The best way would be to check before filming to make sure nothing is showing (another checklist item).¬† But what do you do in post-production.¬† Mask it?¬† Replace it?¬† Hide it?¬† Use After Effects?
March 25, 2014
We're Baaack! ¬†Every now and then one needs to take a sabbatical to rediscover the joy of - whatever! ¬†We're added four new interviews including a professional dancer and professional photographer! And what IS it with the fuzzy camera? ¬†All the cameras are the same. ¬†Why does one seems to go out of focus (and on the guest no less)?!
This time we've tried something different. ¬†Dave Clements wanted so show some of his pictures. ¬†We're worked them into the interview.
August 20, 2014
We've figured out a way to do green screen (keying) in the lobby of the Crighton.¬† We just have to block out the light from the windows.¬† Learned that the hard way.
The most viewed video to date is the interview with Ray Price.¬† As it should be.
Discovered an interesting sound filter.¬† It boosts soft sounds only.¬† Preferable on widely dynamically recorded sounds.¬† Isn't it amazing when we rediscover something we tossed aside some time ago?
Also found a way to sync sound and film a lot easier.¬† Helps having the visual of the slate to sync against.
Video cameras can still drop frames which can cause long edits to get out of sync.
August 28, 2015
After a long hiatus (i.e. I needed the rest) I found the motivation to do some more interviews.¬† This time we had a guest host - Craig Campobella - because we needed to do interviews that I couldn't easily do.¬† We chose a different point of view by recording on the Crighton stage and looking back towards the audience.¬† I never realized the air conditioners could be so loud.¬† Removing or minimizing the air conditioning was difficult.¬† Next time, turn the air off before recording.
Feb. 22, 2016
It's been a while since we have done some interviews. ¬†We've started recording on the Crighton stage. ¬†Much better control over sound issues. ¬†Lighting is not ideal. ¬†Still need additional light sources to get rid of some of the shadows.
Feb 23, 2016
I WANT MY OWN SOUND STUDIO! ¬†It was so windy at the Crighton that the ceiling was making some really interesting noises while filming Josh Sandros and Hillary Moore's interviews. ¬†Then, of course, we still have the train.
March 21, 2016
I have rediscovered Adobe Soundbooth. ¬†It has its own noise removal that can be extremely aggressive without needing a lot of information. ¬†The sound on the mp3 recorder turned out to have some unpleasant background noises that were hard to remove. ¬†Enter the camera sound source (yecch). ¬†In this case, it is my backup. ¬†Soundbooth makes it palatable.
March 25, 2016
So much for Soundbooth.¬† Goldwave still does better when removing background sound.
Most of the interviews for The Producers are finished.¬† We're taking a detour as we help with the original play Dust Bowl Motel by Scott McCarley.¬† The edited version of the show will be placed on youtube and all funds generated will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Also experimented with the Cineon converter. ¬†What rich colors! ¬†Almost looks like movies from the 1950's which is probably the intent.
June 11, 2016
We have a backlog of interviews from Dust Bowl Motel and Rumors. ¬†Just trying to get caught up.
We started using the set as a backdrop for the interviews. ¬†This allows us to use the stage for interviews. ¬†Surprisingly, it isn't quieter on stage. ¬†Still, it does make for a nice interview setting.
July 19, 2016
We're back! ¬†Editing like crazy. ¬†I never thought I would use the audio from a camera for other than emergency purposes. ¬†However, the auto-gain of the camera sometimes works better than anything I can do in post(-processing).
August 1, 2016
My son and I built our own workstation (16 cores) for about ~700 dollars. ¬†So what? ¬†Now we can process video a lot faster. ¬†The workstation runs about 3 times faster although on some video streams it ran 8 times faster. ¬†Probably an anomaly.
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