There are generally two things that you have to make a terrific live band video (presuming that you play excellent and place on a terrific show) - terrific audio and a tripod. Forget camera quality, resolution, format, or any type of specifications. If your video sounds bad or is shaking like insane - it's simply a bad video although there are a couple of exceptions that we'll discuss in a minute. Let's look at the audio initially.
Audio is 50 % of the Final Product.
In spite of what anybody informs you, audio is always looked down upon as the bad stepchild of photo by video individuals, primarily because they don't comprehend it. That being stated, if the noise is bad then the image constantly appears even worse than it truly is, so it's actually important to pay close attention to the audio when making a video.
Here are some rules of thumb regarding audio for video:
Bad audio + great photo = bad video
Excellent audio + bad picture = bad video
Great audio + good photo = possibly a great video (still depends upon how you played and looked and how it was edited).
So you see that the only method you stand a chance to get something decent is to make entirely sure that the audio is at least on the exact same quality requirement as your photo.
Audio Recording Tips For Video.
There are a number of things that you can do making sure that the audio quality is a lot better than what you can get with simply the mic on the camera.
Use an external mic. You most likely have some additional micslaying around currently or at least you can borrow a couple, so let's put them to use. The problem is that most customer electronic cameras have mini-jack mic inputs that won't easily interface to an XLR or phone plug. No problem, buy an XLR to mini-plug adapter. They're low-cost and just about any mic you choose is going to be better than the $2 on-board electronic camera mic. It will make a world of difference. Another possibility to use a feed from the blending board, or a mix of board feed and microphone that you can balance later.
Turn off the limiter. Many electronic cameras have an integrated audio limiter to attempt to keep audio overload to a minimum. While this might work OK when shooting those nice vacation movies, it's awful for band use, squashing and twisting your audio into a stack of crap even on the most costly professional electronic cameras. In all but the most affordable cameras, you can beat the limiter by diving into the software menus and finding the Defeat choice in the audio area. You'll hear the advantages of this action immediately.
Just about any band will quickly overload the audio inputs of an electronic camera since they're normally designed for recording the noise of a household trip rather than the level of any number of instruments playing. If you're still overloading the input (the overload indicators are flickering red), you'll have to get an attenuator pad to lower the microphone's output, however these are pretty economical (less than $20) and can come in handy for some every day audio functions. Remember, it's a lot much better to have audio where the level is too low than too high.
Get A Tripod If you're shooting a gig to simply see how you're doing or shooting a music video, you'll need a tripod for at least some of the things you shoot. If you're shooting something for a music video, hand held shots can look interesting and hip, however you'll searching for at least some tripod shots for things like B-roll, developing shots and anything where you need more than a couple of seconds of a constant shot.
Similar to many everything, the more you spend the better it will remain in that it will last a lot longer, be tougher, and lighter, however anything is better that absolutely nothing. Simply focusing on these 2 things will make your band videos so much simpler to look for both you and your audience that you won't think it.
A long-time veteran of the music market, Bobby Owsinski has actually produced and composed for records, motion pictures and tv programs along the way. Currently a principle in the DVD production house Surround Associates and content creator 2B Media, Bobby has also penned hundreds of posts for many popular market trade publications and has authored several books that are now staples in recording programs in colleges all over the world consisting of "The Mixing Engineer's Handbook", "The Recording Engineer's Handbook", "The Audio Mastering Handbook", "The Drum Recording Handbook", and "How To Make Your Band Sound Great".
A regular moderator, panelist and program producer of a range of market conferences, Bobby have actually functioned as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards, and are one of the executive producers for the "Guitar Universe" and "Desert Island Music" television programs.
Reasons for Having a Live Band Instead of a DJ or iPod Playlist at Your Wedding
Live bands make wedding events more remarkable and interactive, and leave a lasting impression on wedding guests. Live bands likewise create environment and atmosphere, including a level of sophistication and beauty to a wedding, instead of seeming like a high school disco complete with casually dressed DJ and tunes such as 'Y-M-C-A'. Live performers are typically simpler than iPod playlists can frequently develop into wedding event catastrophes due to their logistics, or merely be unimpressive and a little a 'pull down'. It's not as basic as 'pushing play' on an i pod. What PA system will the i pod be plugged into? Do you have the proper cable television adapter to fit their system? Does it have a mixer board to avoid feedback and 'screeches'?
Who will be manning the i pod throughout the night to stop it during speeches, press play for the arrangement toss, push pause for the cutting of the cake, press play on the proper very first dance song etc. Jazz Fever provides expert DJ services for example MC-ing at really affordable rates.
Live bands are fairly inexpensive when you think about how important a part they play to the success of a wedding. You can generally get 4-5 professionally trained artists for the exact same expense as one DJ. Wedding reception music is perhaps the worst aspect to cut corners on as research study shows they are one of the main aspects that affect a guests' pleasure at a wedding. Live bands can cater the repertoire to reflects the couple's personal taste and design, and play their preferred songs.
Live bands are good because they can accommodate a certain wedding theme eg the band can dress in 1920's clothes if you are having a Jazz Age themed wedding event. If you ask many individuals, they would tend to concur that live bands usually look more excellent to have 4-5 individuals on stage rather than one underdressed DJ. Live bands can bring character and phase presence, and the Band Leader can likewise double as MC.