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    When I record something on my iPhone and upload it to YouTube it isn't nearly as loud as such recordings uploaded by others.
    (I'm not talking about videos uploaded by people who mic their amps and recording with pro equipment. I'm talking about recording guitar with a iPhone's video camera at normal practice volume

    I wonder why that is.

    Normally, I have my phone on my music stand and my amp is a couple feet away. The amp is loud enough in my room.


    (I don't know why this photo is rotated this way. The amp is on the floor. Pardon the mess. I'll clean my room tomorrow. ;o)
    On the music stand is a gizmo I attach the phone to when recording.
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    So you are recording just using the built in mic in your iPhone? I might try to do one and see if I get the same reduction. YouTube does process the audio and if it is louder than a certain level they do compress it somehow or attenuate it (not sure which).

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    For YouTube you should master in -14 lufs. If you use a daw, use a loudness plugin to do so.

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    Also-how do you prep the file to upload? DO you just upload the .mov file? Convert to MP4? I just made a clip using the phone mic and will try to duplicate your upload method once I know it.

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    I use an app call Lumafusion which is an excellent little video editor which runs on my iPhone 8.

    Then you can increase the volume easily. (Advantage is I can do it all on my phone, so. very streamlined little procedure for uploading YT vids.)

    Got lots of comments about my vids being too quiet. Even when I use a proper mic etc.

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    Thanks for the input, guys. You’re all more advanced than I am in this area.
    I use nothing but the phone. Video: press record, when done, stop.
    At YouTube: upload file, hit Publish.
    No editing, no other recording software.
    (Not saying I Would Never, merely that I have not.)

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    Okay here's s quick clip I did, just the amp and backing track and the iPhone up on a stand, using the iPhone microphone only. No other tweaks. It sounds the same as when I play it from my computer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Okay here's s quick clip I did, just the amp and backing track and the iPhone up on a stand, using the iPhone microphone only. No other tweaks.
    Hey, Lawson, Thanks for the demo.
    That sounds fine. Backing track was overwhelmed but that’s not important here.
    Does this play back at the same volume your other videos do?
    Maybe I’m just not turning my amp up enough!
    Or maybe the recording level of my iPhone is set too low. (If I set it at all it was by accident.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    Hey, Lawson, Thanks for the demo.
    That sounds fine. Backing track was overwhelmed but that’s not important here.
    Does this play back at the same volume your other videos do?
    Maybe I’m just not turning my amp up enough!
    Or maybe the recording level of my iPhone is set too low. (If I set it at all it was by accident.)
    I actually play a little louder than what many might use as a practice volume. This volume is about the same as the clips I make using a mixer and all the gear. I actually do not know how to set the record level of a video on the iPhone. If you find that out I'd love to know how that's done.

    I did record in 1080p 30 fps.

    The mic end of the phone was facing the guitar amp, and so I wasn't surprised the backing track got overshadowed. I haven't found a sweet spot in the little space there for that kind of recording. I usually record direct, or with a mic on the cab and all of it going to a mixer/A-D converter, then to my laptop. I mix and master using a program called Screenflow which is what I use to record lectures for my classes when we do remote learning, so I just use it for my music clips too.

    BTW you might enjoy this, sort of an example of what Screenflow can do for teachers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I actually play a little louder than what many might use as a practice volume. This volume is about the same as the clips I make using a mixer and all the gear. I actually do not know how to set the record level of a video on the iPhone. If you find that out I'd love to know how that's done.

    I did record in 1080p 30 fps.

    The mic end of the phone was facing the guitar amp, and so I wasn't surprised the backing track got overshadowed. I haven't found a sweet spot in the little space there for that kind of recording. I usually record direct, or with a mic on the cab and all of it going to a mixer/A-D converter, then to my laptop. I mix and master using a program called Screenflow which is what I use to record lectures for my classes when we do remote learning, so I just use it for my music clips too.

    BTW you might enjoy this, sort of an example of what Screenflow can do for teachers.

    Enjoyed the video, Lawson. Thank you.
    That recording speed you mentioned is the same as on my phone. (I just checked.)
    The iPhone has an Omni-directional mic and my amp is below and beside it. I should turn up the volume a bit and situate myself so the amp sounds goes more directly toward the phone. Maybe raise the amp up off the floor, or at least tilt it.

    I may look into more recording / editing gear later but for now I’ll be sticking with the phone because it’s so easy to do.

    I am intrigued by the things you and others have mentioned here. I’ll look further into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77
    I use an app call Lumafusion which is an excellent little video editor which runs on my iPhone 8.

    Then you can increase the volume easily. (Advantage is I can do it all on my phone, so. very streamlined little procedure for uploading YT vids.)

    Got lots of comments about my vids being too quiet. Even when I use a proper mic etc.
    Ough.... €32,99.... but you reckon it’s wirth it?

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    Mark, I experience the same problem when I just film and upload to YouTube. Neither my phone nor YouTube has functionality to normalize or increase the volume. The only way to get sufficient volume is to up the live volume, not always practical in an apartment late at night... Now with DAW or video-editing software on the lap- or desktop that would be easy enough but I want to keep things quick and easy.

    The solution I found is to use an external mic. In my ‘studio’ I can use a mic (SM58) in front of the amp and take the signal from my mixer. I use an iRig to feed the sound into the phone. Then I can control the recording gain but still record ‘live’ without editing. Of course it’s a bit more hustle but not as much as first uploading the movie to the computer, edit it and then upload.

    I am experimenting with a mic that plugs directly into the phone (Boya BY-BM2021) and the first results are pretty good!

    An another solution is to record directly into the mixer (I use a Joyo Anerican Sound and a Boss reverb pedal for speaker simulation and sine ambience).

    But it would be ideal to just be able to increase the volume of the recorded audio with the video from the phone. I am looking for a good app for that....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Ough.... €32,99.... but you reckon it’s wirth it?
    it is if you do a lot of uploading

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I actually play a little louder than what many might use as a practice volume. This volume is about the same as the clips I make using a mixer and all the gear. I actually do not know how to set the record level of a video on the iPhone. If you find that out I'd love to know how that's done.

    I did record in 1080p 30 fps.

    The mic end of the phone was facing the guitar amp, and so I wasn't surprised the backing track got overshadowed. I haven't found a sweet spot in the little space there for that kind of recording. I usually record direct, or with a mic on the cab and all of it going to a mixer/A-D converter, then to my laptop. I mix and master using a program called Screenflow which is what I use to record lectures for my classes when we do remote learning, so I just use it for my music clips too.

    BTW you might enjoy this, sort of an example of what Screenflow can do for teachers.

    there were three, three constipated men in the bible, in the bible....

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    I downloaded the free iMovie app on my iPad, it lets you do simple video editing, including the option to adjust volume levels, I assume you could use it on an iPhone too:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Mark, I experience the same problem when I just film and upload to YouTube. Neither my phone nor YouTube has functionality to normalize or increase the volume. The only way to get sufficient volume is to up the live volume, not always practical in an apartment late at night... Now with DAW or video-editing software on the lap- or desktop that would be easy enough but I want to keep things quick and easy.
    Thanks, Jay. You've given me some good ideas.

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    I believe YouTube does have a kind of limiter that rolls down the volume if the clip goes past some threshold of theirs.

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    You have to have a way of Normalizing (I'm taking a guess at US spelling there with that z) the volume. That's the technical term. It gives you full available volume before distortion sets in. I imagine the aforementioned apps do that for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Okay here's s quick clip I did, just the amp and backing track and the iPhone up on a stand, using the iPhone microphone only. No other tweaks. It sounds the same as when I play it from my computer.

    The volume on that is actually a bit louder than youtube will use, they knocked that volume down by 12%. You can tell with the stat for nerds see the 100%/88%, which means I had the volume slider on youtube at 100% but the volume was reduced by youtube to 88%. If I reduce the volume slider to 60% youtube normalized is 53% etc.

    With a recording like this, I don't think it hurts anything that the iphone recording was too loud for youtube. Normalization doesn't change the sound it just makes it quieter, one can always turn the volume up on their speakers or headphones if they want. What this streaming normalization really does is eliminate the incentive to over-compress the recording to make it loud, that just won't make it loud anymore and you sacrifice dynamics.
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    The mic on a phone is designed to pick up sound from the front for phone calls, and emphasize closer sounds over more distant ones*, and is not going to detect the same 360-degree sound field as your ears. It looks like your amp is well off to the side of the phone. I have found with my own stuff that if the amp is even a little off-axis and more than a couple of feet away, it's pretty quiet and sounds like it's at the end of a tunnel. Anything closer and more directly in front of the phone-mic comes out louder, even something very quiet, such as the "acoustic" sound of a solid-body or semi-hollow, even when the amp is pretty loud. So I would recommend experimenting with amp/phone distance and position.

    *not sure if this is done via the mics' pickup patternl, or via processing

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I believe YouTube does have a kind of limiter that rolls down the volume if the clip goes past some threshold of theirs.
    That makes sense to me.
    What I noticed is that when I upload a video to YouTube and play it, I have to move the slider from around, say, 30-33 up to 75-80 to hear it well, and there is little punch to it.
    So I'm giving YouTube less volume than they expect, I guess.

    I started to think about this last week when I was playing a blues of mine and decided to sing a couple verses. Really just wanted to see how that would come out on the phone. The amp was much louder in my room than my voice was but the voice is louder than the guitar in the resulting video. (That's actually welcome in the sense that I can record an amped guitar and do a guide vocal just to keep my place and don't have to worry about micing my voice, setting levels, all that. This makes it a fine 'scratch pad' for song ideas but it is a real disservice to the sound of the guitar.)


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    Did this this morning with my iPhone and a Focusrite iTrack Pocket. (See jpg below)

    No amp. Plugged right into the unit and chose the Clean sound.
    Definitely solves the volume problem, right?



    I got mine for $20 a couple years ago. (Focusrite makes much more expensive gear now and these aren't 'supported' any more.) They were marketed to singer / songwriters to make it easy to lay down a song idea. There are stereo mics in the unit's face and one can plug in a guitar and choose among a few amp settings.
    What I DON'T like about it: it is easy to tip over; one's iPhone must be removed from its case to fit into the slot; it requires a flat surface to sit on, meaning it can't really be placed on one's music stand the way the phone by itself can, via a clamp.)

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    I know nothing about iPhones, but is there not a way to change input volume when recording? That would seem to be a serious limitation if there is none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    I know nothing about iPhones, but is there not a way to change input volume when recording? That would seem to be a serious limitation if there is none.
    I have not discovered that if there is.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    Did this this morning with my iPhone and a Focusrite iTrack Pocket. (See jpg below)

    No amp. Plugged right into the unit and chose the Clean sound.
    Definitely solves the volume problem, right?



    I got mine for $20 a couple years ago. (Focusrite makes much more expensive gear now and these aren't 'supported' any more.) They were marketed to singer / songwriters to make it easy to lay down a song idea. There are stereo mics in the unit's face and one can plug in a guitar and choose among a few amp settings.
    What I DON'T like about it: it is easy to tip over; one's iPhone must be removed from its case to fit into the slot; it requires a flat surface to sit on, meaning it can't really be placed on one's music stand the way the phone by itself can, via a clamp.)

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    Mark, do you right click the youtube videos and select "stats for nerds" on the menu? If not give it a try, you can do it on this page. The video has to be playing for it to work.

    You'll see the 1st video was 11db under the youtube threshold in which case youtube doesn't touch it. The second one was 1db too high and youtube reduced the volume by 1db (which is something I woudn't worry about).

    I like your blues tune, very cool. The sound is good it's just a bit quiet and there is some background hiss and what not. I'm wondering, where is the mic on the Iphone and where is it pointing when you record. I know you are taking a video so the choices are limited. When I take videos my smartphone is on a small phone tripod, like the one linked below, and on my desk. So the mic or mics are not down against anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    I downloaded the free iMovie app on my iPad, it lets you do simple video editing, including the option to adjust volume levels, I assume you could use it on an iPhone too:
    Thanks, Graham. I'll have to give that a go. Even if it doesn't work with an iPhone (-I assume it does, though), I have an iPad too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep
    Mark, do you right click the youtube videos and select "stats for nerds" on the menu? If not give it a try, you can do it on this page. The video has to be playing for it to work.

    You'll see the 1st video was 11db under the youtube threshold in which case youtube doesn't touch it. The second one was 1db too high and youtube reduced the volume by 1db (which is something I woudn't worry about).

    I enjoyed your blues tune.
    Thanks, Frank. I've written a lot of tunes in my day, most mediocre, but I think that one works and is one I'll be playing a decade from now.
    No, I don't click 'stats for nerds'. I'll give it that a shot. Thanks for the suggestion and explanation.
    I suspect all my iPhone (only) videos are under the threshold and that's why they're noticeably quieter than most videos. (And not only quieter, less dynamic.)
    The iTrack pocket video is plenty loud without an amp at all. Maybe too loud! I may to more of those.

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    Mark, I edited my previous post with this: "The sound is good it's just a bit quiet and there is some background hiss and what not. I'm wondering, where is the mic on the Iphone and where is it pointing when you record. I know you are taking a video so the choices are limited. When I take videos my smartphone is on a small phone tripod, like the one linked below, and on my desk. So the mic or mics are not down against anything.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 "

    What about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep
    Mark, I edited my previous post with this: "The sound is good it's just a bit quiet and there is some background hiss and what not. I'm wondering, where is the mic on the Iphone and where is it pointing when you record. I know you are taking a video so the choices are limited. When I take videos my smartphone is on a small phone tripod, like the one linked below, and on my desk. So the mic or mics are not down against anything.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 "

    What about that?
    I use a tripod, yes. It's on my music stand. (It has flexible legs so it need not be set on a flat surface.)
    iPhone recordings and YouTube volume-tripod-jpg
    I don't know why this pic appears rotated this way. The third (or back) leg of the tripod is over the top edge of the music stand.

    Background noise would probably be from a ceiling fan.
    The phone is pointed directly at my guitar but the amp is below (on the floor) and beside the stand, near the wall.)

    The Focusrite has external mics too but one need not use them. (It was designed for plugging in a guitar and singing into the external mics, which are in the front grill of the device.)

    Thanks for all your input! I appreciate you taking the time.

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    At the very least you need to normalize the file before uploading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmozell
    At the very least you need to normalize the file before uploading.
    The phone does not allow that (so far as anyone chiming in here knows).

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    The best bet is to get an external mic for your iPhone. The good ones can be pricey, but even the $15 Movo PM10 will give you better audio for your situation, since it is omnidirectional (it will need a lightning port –> mini-audio jack connector to connect to recent iPhones). The iPhone's mic is good, but it is primarily for picking up sounds close to it, and it is unidirectional.

    Otherwise, count on spending $80 (Røde VideoMic) -$149 (Shure MV-88) on a top-notch solution. I use the $99 Zoom IQ7, since it can record mid-side stereo.

    The $99 Zoom IQ6 would also be a very good solution.

    Any of these mics will allow one to adjust mic volume to taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukena
    The best bet is to get an external mic for your iPhone. The good ones can be pricey, but even the $15 Movo PM10 will give you better audio for your situation, since it is omnidirectional (it will need a lightning port –> mini-audio jack connector to connect to recent iPhones). The iPhone's mic is good, but it is primarily for picking up sounds close to it, and it is unidirectional.


    Any of these mics will allow one to adjust mic volume to taste.
    That's a great idea. Thank you.
    But about lavalier mics in general: where do I put it? I can see clipping it on my shirt if I'm talking or singing. But if I'm just playing guitar, I don't want people hearing me breathe! (I hear that on some videos buy guitarists who are not singing and I aways think, "That is not ruinous but it certainly isn't helping.")

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    Iphone’s internal mic works surprisingly well in loud environments! I can record loud concerts and never get distorted or overdriven audio anymore, so they have some good automatic compression/limiting going on.

    But of course that’s the opposite situation.....

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    Here’s my recording rig:



    The mic goes into a little mixer. The ‘record out’ of the mixer is fed into the iphone. I use an iRig for that just because it’s easy (I can directly plug headphones or audio out into the irig for playback) but it’s not necessary. I set record volume by regulating the output volume and gain on the mixer.
    Last edited by Little Jay; 04-23-2020 at 12:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    But about lavalier mics in general: where do I put it? I can see clipping it on my shirt if I'm talking or singing. But if I'm just playing guitar, I don't want people hearing me breathe! (I hear that on some videos buy guitarists who are not singing and I aways think, "That is not ruinous but it certainly isn't helping.")
    You can put a lavalier mic anywhere – it doesn't have to clip to clothing. Experiment with placement.

    The advantage of some of the more expensive iPhone mics is that one can plug headphones right into the device, and monitor the recording.

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    Ordered a lavalier mic. Normally it would arrive within 48 hours but these are not normal times, so if it arrives by next Saturday (-today is Saturday), I'll be pleased.

    My god, when I was a kid and ordered things by mail, 2-4 weeks was normal!

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    Hey fellas. Just found this thread and it is VERY useful! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and info. Just as an experiment, I recorded a "live" video of a song -- the objective being doing it all via my iphone. Had the same volume problem issue. Thanks to this thread I was able to determine that the volume is at -18 db allowed by YT (thanks fep for "stats for nerds" info...), and how to adjust it on the phone and in the clip (thanks grahambop). Ukena's external mic suggestions are cool too. Anyway, I was wondering, if maybe we could get more YT examples posted here? For example, Little Jay's setup looks great. I'd like to hear what it sounds like. (Thanks MarkRhodes and lawson-stone for your clips. Really helps to hear them.)

    I'll take this new-found knowledge and try adjusting my volume on my own vid. I'll post it here with comments when it I do.

    Again, thanks everyone!

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    Oh a quick question... I see that many of the flexible iphone tripods offer a wireless remote. Do these remotes work to turn on and off the iphone video functions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep
    Mark, do you right click the youtube videos and select "stats for nerds" on the menu? If not give it a try, you can do it on this page. The video has to be playing for it to work.

    You'll see the 1st video was 11db under the youtube threshold in which case youtube doesn't touch it. The second one was 1db too high and youtube reduced the volume by 1db (which is something I woudn't worry about).

    I like your blues tune, very cool. The sound is good it's just a bit quiet and there is some background hiss and what not. I'm wondering, where is the mic on the Iphone and where is it pointing when you record. I know you are taking a video so the choices are limited. When I take videos my smartphone is on a small phone tripod, like the one linked below, and on my desk. So the mic or mics are not down against anything.
    Hey, Frank. I answered this before but I'll answer it again because a few things have changed,
    First, I have checked 'stats for nerds' on several of my videos and noted the drastic difference b/w 'just-iPhone' recordings and 'iTrack Pocket' recordings. The latter are much louder.
    Second, an external mic is on the way. Should arrive today or tomorrow. It's a cheapie, a Lavalier, but at least it will allow me to mic the amp yet keep the phone w/in reach and a decent angle for recording.
    Third, ordered a 'dongle' which will allow me to use headphones and the iPhone too. (With the Focusrite, I can never hear how the guitar will sound on playback---which is why I go for a clean sound.) With the iPhone alone, I can hear the guitar through the amp but I don't know how it will sound through the phone on playback.

    There's a new thread today about Reaper offering a free license through June 1. So I have downloaded that and have a free license for a month to see if I want to buy a permanent one. (Not sure I will actually get anything done with this---I struggle with recording equipment.)

    May record that blues tune again with better sound. Might make it a test case so it will be easier to hear the difference between the two methods.

    Thanks again.

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    As you requested this was done with my Samsung phone for video, but guitars and bass amp mic"d to a DAW, Reaper, and then synced together with vsdc video editor. This is one where I have good lighting, which is definitely something to consider when making a video. If I record in the morning the light is coming through a window into the room.

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    Wow Frank. Great job; playing and production! This takes it to a whole different level than what I expected. Sound = excellent; video production = excellent; love the mosaic grouping effect. I see Reaper being mentioned here. Not sure what it is -- I need to check into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archtopeddy
    Wow Frank. Great job; playing and production! This takes it to a whole different level than what I expected. Sound = excellent; video production = excellent; love the mosaic grouping effect. I see Reaper being mentioned here. Not sure what it is -- I need to check into it.
    Reaper is recording software for a PC or Mac. It is maybe the most robust of all the recording softwares.


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    Here is the iphone/imovie video I made yesterday. Thanks to the tips above, today I was able to increase the volume. Of course, as I increased the volume, so did the background noise any other distracting sounds. So I picked a comfortable medium volume level spot for this video. Also, this video is an unlisted video and not the one I initially uploaded on YouTube. To replace the original "public"video, YT requires a new link so I decided to leave well enough alone there. This video (with the improved volume level) is here so I can show you how I was able to increase the volume thanks to your advice.


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    Every video I post here is via YouTube. I have a pretty set procedure.

    I use a PreSonus AudioBox iTwo. I connect it to a laptop via USB.

    I run my backing track through some amp with an aux input and put that into channel 1 of the AudioBox. I use a direct line from my guitar amp whenever I can, and run that to Channel 2 of the AudioBox. Sometimes I use a microphone, usually just an old Shure SM57 hanging in front of the speaker, going into channel 2 of the AudioBox. I can adjust the input level of each channel.

    I use QuickTime Player on my MacBook to make the clip, choosing the AudioBox as my audio source. I then import it into a program called Screenflow that lets me tweak the balance, add a title slide, do a few other things if I want. I use Screenflow mainly because it's so easy to use, and it is designed for teachers to mix various media to make clips for classes, so I already had it.

    I upload to YouTube then paste the link in the "clip" tool in the forum message area.

    It sounds like a lot more than it really is. Check literally any clip on this forum by me, and that is how it was made. While I'm not happy with my playing, I'm very happy with how my clips turn out.

    In the picture the big white thing is a dehumidifier (I have archaeological artifacts in this office so that's mandatory)

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    I just did this one, except instead of running the USB from the AudioBox to my MacBook Pro, I ran it into the iPhone Lightning port, and used the video recording from the iPhone camera. Dropped it into Screenflow and just panned the guitar to center, backed off the volume on the backing track a little, and put in a title and fades.

    One problem-the sun coming in was so bright and yellow it ruined the color and blew out the highlights so I converted it to B&W and I kind of like the effect.


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    Quote Originally Posted by archtopeddy
    Here is the iphone/imovie video I made yesterday. Thanks to the tips above, today I was able to increase the volume. Of course, as I increased the volume, so did the background noise any other distracting sounds. So I picked a comfortable medium volume level spot for this video. Also, this video is an unlisted video and not the one I initially uploaded on YouTube. To replace the original "public"video, YT requires a new link so I decided to leave well enough alone there. This video (with the improved volume level) is here so I can show you how I was able to increase the volume thanks to your advice.

    I like so much about that video. It is the whole package, everything put together, it's got so much soul. Of course mostly the playing I'd say, the performance is the most important. In addition, 4the background, uncluttered, simple, visually apealing. The lighting, how you look, what your wearing, the look of the guitar, it's all good. Great job.

    The volume still is low, I turned it up on my end. If you're a lefty, yes, if you're a righty... there is something in your camera setting that is create a mirror image.

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    Thanks Frank! I really appreciate the feedback and comments. I realize that this is not the normal fare for the jazz community here so your taking notice to comment means a lot to me. In most examples I see here, people are using electric guitars and amps whereby I'm using an acoustic (a 1933 Dobro of all things), so my mic'ing needs are a bit different. I learned getting a proper volume without getting too harsh sounding was one such challenge. I'm actually considering a separate mic for future recordings using acoustic instruments.

    Because of the simplicity of the song, for me this was harder to do than I first thought. Every note has its place and one wrong note meant back to the drawing board. (It gave me added appreciation of Bill Frisell).

    And yep... I'm a lefty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Every video I post here is via YouTube. I have a pretty set procedure.

    I use a PreSonus AudioBox iTwo. I connect it to a laptop via USB.

    I run my backing track through some amp with an aux input and put that into channel 1 of the AudioBox. I use a direct line from my guitar amp whenever I can, and run that to Channel 2 of the AudioBox. Sometimes I use a microphone, usually just an old Shure SM57 hanging in front of the speaker, going into channel 2 of the AudioBox. I can adjust the input level of each channel.

    I use QuickTime Player on my MacBook to make the clip, choosing the AudioBox as my audio source. I then import it into a program called Screenflow that lets me tweak the balance, add a title slide, do a few other things if I want. I use Screenflow mainly because it's so easy to use, and it is designed for teachers to mix various media to make clips for classes, so I already had it.

    I upload to YouTube then paste the link in the "clip" tool in the forum message area.

    It sounds like a lot more than it really is. Check literally any clip on this forum by me, and that is how it was made. While I'm not happy with my playing, I'm very happy with how my clips turn out.

    In the picture the big white thing is a dehumidifier (I have archaeological artifacts in this office so that's mandatory)

    iPhone recordings and YouTube volume-recording-jpg
    Lawson, instead of playing the backing track through an amp into your interface, you can also paste it into Garageband [just drag it from itunes or finder into GB]. That way you can set up a stereo mix with your backing track and guitar, and can even record the mix if you want to make some edits. Just set GB's output to the Audiobox, and QT will pick up the mix as you playback and jam along. Seems simpler than the way you're doing it, and it'll keep the backing track in stereo.

    Later on, if the mix is off, you can remix in GB, mix it down to itune. Then pull that and your video into imovie, and use that mix instead of the mix you captured in QT.

    BTW, I'm an idiot for not realizing until you posted this that you can change the audio source for QT. I've been doing video capture in Photoboth, and editing video and audio together in iMovie. So thanks for the QT tip.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by John A.
    Lawson, instead of playing the backing track through an amp into your interface, you can also paste it into Garageband [just drag it from itunes or finder into GB]. That way you can set up a stereo mix with your backing track and guitar, and can even record the mix if you want to make some edits. Just set GB's output to the Audiobox, and QT will pick up the mix as you playback and jam along. Seems simpler than the way you're doing it, and it'll keep the backing track in stereo.

    Later on, if the mix is off, you can remix in GB, mix it down to itune. Then pull that and your video into imovie, and use that mix instead of the mix you captured in QT.

    BTW, I'm an idiot for not realizing until you posted this that you can change the audio source for QT. I've been doing video capture in Photoboth, and editing video and audio together in iMovie. So thanks for the QT tip.

    John
    I"ve never been able to get the feel of Garage Band. I am pretty happy with capturing via QuickTime Player and then editing in ScreenFlow. I might give GB a try sometime, but for now I'm pretty happy with my general workflow with recordings.