It is all coming slowly together. I recently got together some equipment to get a setup at home to record webcasts for my blog. There are potentially hundreds of configurations out there. This first iteration involves some basic items that I’d like to share in this post. I’m looking to refine the setup further. At the end, I’m sharing a little recording with all the elements in place, as a demo.
I use the ePhotoInc 5′ x 7′ PHOTO COLLAPSIBLE CHROMAKEY GREEN BLUE BACKGROUND 2 in 1 Backdrop Panel that I got from Amazon. This screen has a flexible frame that stretches the fabric out and can be collapsed and stored in the bag that comes along with it.
For recording HD video, I use the Panasonic HC-V180K Full HD Camcorder which is an easy to use camera. It has a touch enabled LCD screen that can be rotated 360 degrees. This comes in handy as a monitor when recording myself, as I can see what’s in the frame.
While the Panasonic camera has an excellent built in mic, I prefer to experiment with the Blue snowball ICE condenser microphone. Using a lightning to USB 3 camera adapter, I can hook up this microphone to my iPad Pro. I use GarageBand to record the audio, as I’m recording.
Putting it all together
After sending the audio from my ipad pro to iMac, I use LogicPro X to work on the file. The equalizer and compressor are what I use to fine tune the audio and then take it into Final Cut Pro. Here’s where the real fun begins. Final Cut Pro is the best I’ve come across for video editing. I knock off the original audio and add the one from the GarageBand recording – which is much clearer after working it with LogicPro X. Using the Keyer in Final Cut Pro, I swap the background with a nice video animation. Compressor gets the final video into the right format and compression levels of the output.
Tweaking around with audio capture, to improve the quality of the recording even better. Additionally, finding ways to light up my background screen more uniformly. Once I get this right to my satisfaction, will start a series of video casts on my blog around my favourite topics.
Here are a few pictures of the simple setup that I have. Also as promised at the beginning of this post, sharing a demo video I made leveraging the setup. Till next time. Bye!