In our latest how to, we show you one of the ways that we capture audio and sync it up in post for an OliviaTech video. We’re using a Rode Videomic Pro and a Zoom H4N. Final Cut Pro is our editing program. One of the things we focus on is making sure the recorder isn’t picking up the ambient noise from the offices next to us or from traffic outside.
We reduce the sensitivity of the Rode VideoMic Pro to -10db, and adjust the levels on the Zoom as much as possible without picking up any room tone. We stay silent while we adjust the levels, and if we see movement on the Zoom screen it’s picking up ambient noise. We reduce the levels until there is no movement so we know it’s not picking up ambient sounds. Once we have this set, we’ll try our best to move the microphone closer or further to the talent (ME!), and this ensures the only sound we’re getting is from speaking. In some cases you want to capture ambient sound, so you can simply adjust the levels as needed.
These two small accessories are a bit expensive, but we use them for other projects. The Zoom H4n and VideoMic Pro offer additional features that we need. You might not require these features, so you could achieve the same results using less expensive equipment like the Rode VideoMic (non-Pro) and a Zoom H1 Portable Digital Recorder. The Rode VideoMic also has a -10db setting to help minimize ambient noise.capture audio, Final Cut Pro, How To, Rode Videomic Pro, sync audio in post, Zoom H4N
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