Recording and Synching Music with Video
January 2, 2013 6:59 AM Subscribe
Need help choosing hardware and software and developing procedure to synchronize music tracks with live-action video.
posted by DMelanogaster to media & arts (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a bunch of songs and want to make a sort of puppet show-live action video that incorporates them into a musical play. I have recordings made, and they're .mp3's, wave files, etc.
First Part of Question: Recording and Editing Video:
I can record video using a webcam at lousy resolution, or I can use my consumer video camera (Sanyo-Xacti -HD1000) which creates video in H.264.
Then I want to use some program to synchronize the music tracks with the live-action video. My goal is to have a video of about an hour's length to put on YouTube.
I have, in the past, tried to edit the video from that Sanyo camera with Vegas, but with no luck. I don't know if it's that I don't have a fast enough processor on my laptop, or that there is a problem editing the H.264 files. I've read that both are possible problems.
I have edited video with Windows MovieMaker which I know is "lame" and not without its own problems. (all the editing I want to do is simple cuts and a few titles).
I also own an iPad but no Apple computers and I don't want to buy another computer (heading off at the pass comments that I should be using FinalCutPro). However, should I consider using my iPad (latest version) - iMovie, I guess - or some other video editing app to do the video editing? and how would I get my H.264 video files onto the iPad? Is that even possible? or should I actually take the videos with the iPad's video camera?
So -- given the hardware choices I have, which of it should I use to make the videos, and what software can I acquire that will not be very expensive?
Second Part of Question: Synching Video and Audio Tracks:
Once I have recorded the videos, what is the procedure to sync the music with the videos? I assume that I play the music in real life and let the puppets lip-synch to the music, but when I put it all together in the software later, I mute out the audio that can be heard in the background that the puppets are lip-synching to... (actually, how do I do that? I guess it depends on the particular video-editing software I'm using?) and then slide my original, separate audio tracks alongside the now-muted video tracks in the software's timeline, but ---
how do I actually perfectly SYNC those two tracks? (video-minus-its-audio + separate-audio-track)
Thank you for any help.