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Microphone/webcam - what do you use?
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Sofia Leo
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What equipment are you all using to record your videos? Webcam alone? Webcam with additional microphone? Video recorder? Any post-production editing?

 

The videos posted here have better sound than I can get out of my webcam and I'm wondering what I can do to improve the quality...

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Fiddlerman
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September 28, 2011 - 10:13 pm
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I'm just using my canon camcorder. It has a capability for connecting an external microphone but I need to invest. Will wait for the season to kick in for some additional funds before doing that though. The best would be to have a good microphone connected to a audio interface plugged into your computer.

There are really good webcams with decent built in mics available.

Check what I just found. Unbelievable for the price.

Blue Microphones Eyeball USB Webcam Microphone

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I normally use a Kodak digital video recorder, it has no external mic input but seems to work ok. For the bow cam video I used an HP web cam I bought at Best Buy it has a built in mic as well.

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For my first video I used my laptop's built in web cam with no additional microphone.

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I just used a Macbook with a built in cam and mic. For the Christmas project I will use recording software. ... I can't believe I'm talking to our Fiddlerman family friends right now as I have a pretty big gig to play tomorrow night  and need to get in practice (lead electric guitar...) but have my fiddle in hand, curious how you are all doing.

I can tell you one thing Cat that a lot of recording studios are switching to the Blue brand mics and Logic instead of Protools. Many recording options out there nowadays. Audacity is still free and there's many low cost HD cams out there now too. jimi-hendrix

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I'm using my default macbook pro one too… i used photobooth to record my vids rofl

 

Oh but I recently ordered a blue eyeball webcam. I dont know how long itll take to arrive. im guessing a month? I'll let you guys know what its like when I get it amuse

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September 29, 2011 - 10:06 pm
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Lot's of great videos to come then. Yeeeeee Haaaaaaa !!!!!!!!!

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Break a leg, MGN.jimi-hendrix

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I'm just using my Logitech webcam with its built in mic. It's not the greatest, but it gets the job done. 

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Hey guys just thought you should know that my order for the blue eyeball webcam/mic came in today. I paid like 20 something aussie bux for it and here's my quick summary about it. My key impressions are that it's very soft in terms of gain. I was testing it with my voice and I found that i'm better off just holding it next to my mouth and also it produces a nice echo that enhances my singing LOL. With regard to violins its good for really loud violins because it cuts down on the amplification so it has a nice overall sound. Not so good for my silent violin but i plug that in directly anyways so no biggy there. I cant exactly get the cam to work, i've purely been testing sound so far. for a condenser mic it's ridiculously cheap. I think it's good for people just starting out like me. An inexpensive first mic that's easy to use and has a relatively good sound.

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You can go into the control panel, choose sound, find input, and raise the gain. Do a test when you're there and make sure it doesn't surpass peak. Turn it up so that your loudest sound reaches the peak 0 then lower it slightly.

Do you use a PC or MAC?

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Mac. I changed the gain to maximum and its still pretty soft. 

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The following software update downloads are available for Snowball microphones with a Serial Number before 76-065000.

- Snowball High Gain Version (Macintosh)

Maybe this will help.

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