I want to make a series of instructional programming videos. I'm reasonably happy that I have all the moving parts lined up - I know what I want to cover, I have the examples and material ready, I've figured out how to make high-quality video recordings of my desktop and I've got a nice USB microphone. But if there's one thing that my brief forays into video editing have taught me, it's that it can be incredibly time-consuming. Given that I plan on making ~10 hours of content for my first batch of videos, I'd like some advice on doing this efficiently. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
A friend is trying to connect her PC (Windows 7) to a projector for video and a receiver for audio. The projector does not support HDMI, so she's using VGA. The receiver does have HDMI, so she's using that for audio. If she doesn't plug in the projector, the audio plays fine. As soon as she connects the VGA, HDMI audio is no longer an option in the Sound settings and audio starts playing through the laptops built in speakers. Is there a way to have HDMI for audio and VGA for video at the same time? [more inside]
Are there AV home theatre receivers which do the following with input and output: [more inside]
When I watch TV, the sound is just a little bit off and it looks like everything is dubbed. What can I do about this? [more inside]
For a while now I've been wanting to upload to YouTube audio clips of myself speaking . . . but I've no clue how to do this. [more inside]
Bought stick-computer that has HDMI, USB, and Bluetooth. TV only has DVI (and older) inputs. Can't figure out a way to get the audio hooked up. [more inside]
If you have a low-end A/V receiver (less than $400) that has lasted without problems for 5 years or more, tell me the brand name. I won't buy the same model that you bought five years ago, but I may choose the same brand, and go buy the latest equivalent offering manufactured from them. [more inside]
I've been tasked with filming a series of seated "talking head" interviews using my DSLRs. What's the best way to create a minimal audio setup that will have acceptable quality, be reasonably easy to set up on location and to edit the final results, and also be reasonably cost-effective? [more inside]
I am looking for an online service in which a group of volunteers could use to transcribe an audio or video file into text. Is there anything that will allow 10-15 volunteers to simultaneously log in and do this? [more inside]
I need a better audio setup for a projector in a conference room for a non-profit with no budget. Seriously: we're poor. [more inside]
Please recommend movies that view coherently with the sound off. The example that I offer is 'Cast Away,' which, even during the book-ends of its series of scenes that have dialogue, every last minute point of film's exposition is conveyed through blocking, apparent emotions, and, obviously, action. [more inside]
I need to replace the video track of an MP4 with a single image in one case and with a series of transitioning images in another case. In both cases I wish to leave the audio track intact. I have tried Virtual-Dub and Windows Movie Maker (the downloadable version does not allow editing of the video/audio separately). Any suggestions for which software to use. I thought it would be straightforward, it hasn't been.
Popular sports commentary seems to be dominated by windbags and silly pundits. What are some recordings of tight, insightful commentary? No sport preference or even activity preference if you've a good recommendation from another field.
How can I keep these .mkv to .mp3 conversions from getting screwed up? [more inside]
Using a laptop running Ubuntu Linux 12.04, I want to record three things at once: 1) video of my desktop, 2) video from a USB webcam, 3) audio from a USB microphone. Ideally I would like some setup which simultaneously starts all three recordings, and keeps them in sync, so that it will not be too painfully difficult to mix them later -- my eventual aim is to make a kind of "picture-in-picture" screencast. Is this feasible, and if it is, what's the best approach? (Free is nice, but if I can make this process smoother by paying less than a thousand dollars, I will happily pay.)
I would like to use a motion sensor/occupant detector to trigger scripts in a Linux box. I'm open to using a web cam, building something with an Arduino, modifying a commercial motion sensor, etc. [more inside]
Where should I go in the Twin Cities to buy an audio-video setup to fit a somewhat specific situation? [more inside]
Buying advice for audio equipment that can be used for both home video and for field recording? [more inside]
I pay the band to play, I shoot the video and photos and record the audio. But who actually owns the media? [more inside]
Fixing an HDMI connector: I broke the connector on one end of an in-wall HDMI cable. Is fixing it possible? This AskMeFi thread proceeded with some of the answers I found on the internet until the poster realized they had a DVI cord. So, I have an HDMI cable, one connector is broken, it runs 35 feet on a convoluted run through the walls and ceiling of an old house, so running new cable will not be as simple as just affixing a string to the old one and pulling it through. Is fixing it possible?
What's the best way to record audio (or video) of myself sleeping? Yes, ideally, eight hours of low-quality audio in one shot. [more inside]
wireless speakers filter: So, coming down the home stretch for wireless music at my place. Thanks to good advice on a previous question, I have cool speakers, and Airport Express seems to handle iTunes quite well. But now I'm trying to get other audio sources (Safari, etc.) piping through the wifi, and there's a syncing problem, specifically with Airfoil.... [more inside]
Help me test the limits of my new home theater by recommending some good discs. [more inside]
Please tell me the best current method for embedding/displaying audio and video files into a website using simple HTML &/or CSS. [more inside]
Help me build a journalism kit! [more inside]
Is it cost-effective (affordable) for a single person to conduct online video training? [more inside]
Any studies showing improved audio quality affecting perceived video quality? [more inside]
When starting and stopping (i.e. pausing) audio/slide recording in Keynote, how do I get the final export to play the complete audio when uploaded to YouTube? [more inside]
I am looking for great performances of Lady Macbeth. Please point me towards any recordings (video, audio) of Lady M's finest moments. I don't need whole productions of Macbeth, just great performances of Macbeth's wife. Online, preferably. [more inside]
I have a few questions about a home server / backup / HTPC solution and I would really appreciate some help. Details inside. [more inside]
Please help configure a sub-$1k PC for professional audio and video production. [more inside]
How do I make videos to put on Vimeo when I just have audio? [more inside]
Please help me create a pre-recorded conference presentation and reliable delivery and display method. Thanks!
I'm in the UK, and will be giving a pre-recorded video conference presentation remotely next month in the US. What is the deliverable I should be aiming for (YouTube link, QuickTime video, PDF with MP3, something else?) and what is the easiest, most hassle-free way of creating and delivering it? [more inside]
We'd call it 'multimedia' back in the day - how to put together a great job app with audio and video
Putting together an application packet, mostly text and images but includes 1 mp3, 1 short avi. How do I do this in an elegant, interesting way? Details below. [more inside]
I am having real trouble recording presentations on my Windows Vista laptop. I have this killer presentation on Open Office Impress and have CamStudio and Audacity. But, Audacity keeps crashing and I can't get CamStudio to record the entire screen. When I set "Full Screen" it just records a corner of it. I am wracking my brain trying to figure out a way to make this presentation work. I also have a Flip Mino and a slideshare account but I don't want to put the presentation online as its a course audition and very rough. Suggestions???
I've got a good video-capable DSLR camera, and a good external microphone for it. But when I'm at concerts, the audio is blown out. Help? [more inside]
Hi hive mind, hope you're well. Here's hoping one or more of you might be able to help me out with an A/V setup question. I've been (slowly) building a fairly decent setup piece-by-piece around an Optoma projector. Trouble is, I now have an issue splitting an HDMI combined A/V signal into HDMI video + RCA audio. A little help here, please! [more inside]
Help me find an inexpensive laptop for my DJ/VJ gigs. [more inside]
Please help with your suggestions for a home theater notebook/netbook. Details inside. [more inside]
I have been taking video with my iPhone 4 recently, but it's been windy so I get a lot of wind noise. What's the best way to go about reducing the wind noise, and/or how can I make a microphone cover/windscreen for the iPhone 4?
Primer on digital video codecs, containers, etc. While working with video on my Linux PCs, I am often confused because I just don't know much about all the different video formats (MPEG 4, h.264) "containers" (OGG, AVI) the different kinds of compression, how the audio and video stay in sync, what various terms like "muxing" mean, and so forth. I'm looking for a good document that explains all these things to someone with little knowledge of it. A web document, book, Wikipedia article, etc. would be good. I just don't know where to start to see how these things fit together. Thanks.
I'm leaving for Bulgaria tomorrow with a bunch of professional radio/recording gear. Kindly lavish me with advice on getting there and back with all my equipment intact. [more inside]
Where's a good, reputable, online place to rent professional/prosumer video and audio equipment? [more inside]
Is there any good free-ware video editing software? [more inside]
Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work? [more inside]
How do I turn a noisy low volume DVD video into a flash movie? [more inside]
Help me build the best possible mobile video/audio recording set-up, for under $1,000. [more inside]
Basic Video & Audio equipment needed for an office! What other accessories would an office need along with a Canon 7D and a Zoom H2 portable audio recorder?
Basic Video & Audio equipment needed for an office! What other accessories would an office need along with a Canon 7D and a Zoom H2 portable audio recorder? [more inside]
My Flip video cam exports a clip as MP4 video. I just want the audio (as an MP3). I don't want to install software from potentially untrustworthy sites on my (WinXP) PC, or to pay. Suggestions on how to convert it? [more inside]