Independent DAT sound?
Posted 24 January 2006 - 06:21 PM
My filmmaking team (3 of us) will soon be shooting some important footage for a documentary film.
We're interested in having one of us be a dedicated sound-recorder for
this new footage, independent of either of the two XL2 cameras that would
be filming (though obviously also capturing sound).
We're thinking that the independence of the sound recorder (not cabled to either camera)
will allow a less cumbersome filming process and lend versatility to our sound samplings.
We will be following the subject through the woods hunting, reuniting with family,
and walking through the scene of a crime.
I'm guessing one of us will carry around a portable DAT with a boom mic, and trying
later, just by ear & scrupulous tape-labeling, to synch up whatever sound we might want to use
from the DAT. But I was wondering what you would recommend for this
setup. What options might we have for simplifying any later
synchronization of the independent audio recording? Would you
recommend a different approach altogether?
Editing with Final Cut Pro.
Posted 24 January 2006 - 11:37 PM
Posted 25 January 2006 - 12:14 AM
The problems with this idea are: (1) Getting the DAT or HDD audio recordings to sync with the video, even with a common TC reference and (2) I don't recall the name of the obscure British software developer that makes the plug-in in question. Sorry.
I should add that this basic functionality is included in some versions of Avid.
Posted 25 January 2006 - 08:55 AM
Gordon's right, there is no way to Jam-Sync with an XL2 or any of the smallish DV cameras. One idea involves sending an LTC track wirelessly to both cameras left audio track. Then, you could use a plug-in for FCP that interprets the audio track and converts it back into an LTC track that FCP recognizes as TC. Then, using this reference you could (theoretically) sync with your DAT recordings.
You CAN synch 2 or more XL-2's in either 60i or 30p. Here is an article about it by Chris Hurd from the XL-2 Watchdog site:
This does not help you with getting the DAT recorder synched but if you're in free-run and get the DAT time close to the cams TC, you can do a clapper at the beginning and the difference between the cams and the DAT should stay the same throughout the day.
Posted 25 January 2006 - 11:46 AM