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rpierce
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I have been video taping my shows for years but the audio is always sub standard. I even hired a professional to film once and it was the same. So I don't have a recording studio, these are comedy clubs. I do have a decent Sony HD camera but the sound is always an issue.

Thoughts, Suggestions?
chrisontour
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Perhaps run a line off the board and record the audio separately. You could even record the audio straight from the board to your laptop and match it up with you video in the timelime of your favorite video editor.
rpierce
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Not being an audiofile, I am not well versed in the technical side of this. I show up with my Mic and Lavaliere and then someone plugs it into their amp(I think that is correct). If there was a device I could plug in to the amp that records,(I am not putting thousands of dollars into this) that might work but then I have to sync the video with the sound, probably doable, I have just never done it, I use Pinnacle Studio 14. I wouldn't mind springing for a decent camera with good sound but I think the sound needs to be wireless. It also occurred to me to try those long range direction microphones attached to the camera.

For any of you that faced this issue and resolved it????????????
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The sound board/mixer your mic plugs into has outputs that go to the amp, speakers, etc., and will almost always have auxiliary/tape/monitor type outputs, too. There are all sorts of audio recorders which can record your mic sound directly from one of those aux outputs. You can even record into your laptop as chrisontour mentioned. Whoever you work with to plug in your mic should be able to easily connect your recording device, too.

If you put your video into the Pinnacle software, it should show the video's audio track on the time line. It should be a fairly simple matter to add another audio track, the recording you made directly from the mixing board. And aligning those tracks should be pretty simple, since the waveforms will have a very similar appearance.

Once they're aligned for time, adjust the levels so most of it is from the audio recording, and some of it comes from the audio track in the original video. That way you have the clear sound of your mic'ed voice, and you include the ambient sounds from the house, applause and laughter from the audience, etc., the stuff which was recorded as part of the video.

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So you just hookup some sort of recorder to the aux output...voila. Sounds easy enough...I might try this too.
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Likewise, in a pinch (and especially outdoors) you could wear a lapel mic and carry a separate recorder. Syncing isn't all that difficult these days.
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