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Welcome to the AHBC's media room.

The Media Studio has all the equipment and software technology that you will need to make promotional videos and podcasts. The studio is a noise reducing environment with a large chroma-colour green-screen, lighting, microphones, editing software and Sony Handy-cam.

The Studio is also equiped with extensive white backdrop fabric for professional still product images.

The media studio has been established for those that wish to do their own video / audio recordings with minimal knowledge. This page covers a number of key aspects around the creation of a quality production and using the studio equipment.

If you wish to retain raw footage from the Handy-cam, you may wish to purchase a MicroSD memory card (16GB Recommended) and bring along to the Studio.  In addition USB memory sticks can be useful to copy your work onto when complete.  If you need assistance, please see the centre manager as the centre has a number of spare storage devices.

Before you get started

  • Identify the purpose of your production.
  • Who is the audience. Consider suitable language that will be understood (Jargon).
  • Who will be involve to assist you.
  • Do you need props, photos or other media to be incorporated.
  • What is going to be said and videoed. Create a story board and type up your script.
  • Download a teleprompter such as Promptsmart that will detect your voice to control the script speed. See video below.
  • Arrange any copyright free background music or sound effects before hand. The Final Cut Pro editing suit includes a range of copyright free music and sound effects and download from the internet including YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music
  • Review the tutorial video's on products like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, lighting etc. See the end of this page for Tutorial Videos.
  • Now book the Media Centre and allow a couple of visits on your first production. Allow 2 to 3 hours for your first visit.

Lighting

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Lighting is one of the fundamental aspects of film. It is said to be the primary difference between amateur footage and a professional video. 

The studio is equiped with the following lights - 2 x Greenscreen illumination light stands, tripod soft-boxes (Bright Key & Fill defused) lights and backlight with white filter (Wall Mounted)

At the AHBC, we have made lighting easy for you.  Click on lighting drawing to enlarge.

Steps to consider:-
    • Turn Studio room lights off during video recording.  This avoid too much top light that will cast  shadows from facial features.
    • Close curtains over the window and close the door.  The curtains help to reduce noise reverberations within the studio.
    • The two vertical pole lights are used to illuminate the green screen.  The lights should be place 600mm away from the green screen at either side.
    • Use the tripod Softbox lights for Fill and Key light.  One is brighter with no cover.  This is the Key light and the other is the Fill light.  
    • There are two back lights, Use only one subject to the side that the Key light is used.
    • Avoid Subject casting shadows on the green-screen as they can interfere "Keying" in post production.
    • Do a quick test with a stand-in, and line up the Key and Fill lights to minimise unwanted shadows.

Camera

    The Sony Handycam is very easy to set up and use effectively. It records high quality footage and has many useful features you can utilise.  Refer to manual at end of this page.

    1. To turn the camera on, simply open the LCD screen

      • Make sure to switch your phone to Airplane mode, or turn it off to avoid interruptions during filming

      • Check battery, it needs to be full if you are going to film for a long time period

      • To take a battery out, push back the slider underneath the camera and unclip the battery pack

    2. Set the focus and exposure by touching the LCD screen and pressing the AUTO/MANUAL on the left

      • Alternatively you can set it to Automatic, by touching the AUTO/MANUAL icon

    3. If you wish to record to an SD card, there is a slot available under the HDMI panel

      • To select where you wish to record to, go to setup → Media Select → Memory Card/Internal Memory

    4. Line the camera up at eye level, slightly below is okay

      • Make sure to leave headroom, roughly 10 to 15% of the video height as a gap is standard

    5. Hit the Start/Stop button on the camera to start recording

    6. Once your video camera is ready, you can set up the Audio.  See section below on using the Røde lapel wireless microphone or record a separate microphone.  While the built in camera microphone is good, the external microphone provide a much better quality recording.

    Teleprompter

    The Studio has a stand that attached to the camera tripod and is suitable for iPad or Smartphone with a teleprompter application. See tutorial video below on using a teleprompter and the PromptSmart application. 

    Audio Mixer & Syncing 

    Good voice overs leave a lasting impression, a warm and friendly voice that 'pops' can have a dramatic effect on your video. The audio hardware in the studio is of a high quality, very easy to use and offers a range of options to suit your project.

    The XENYX (See instruction) and 58A microphone are well suited combination for a solo voiceover while the Blue Yeti microphone is designed for conversations between multiple people and connects directly to the computer using a USB cable. The Røde Lapel wireless microphone is great for presentation or where you need your hands to demo an item. The Røde receiver RX unit connects directly to the video camera for improved voice recording while the lapel microphone and TX transmitter is attached to the subject.  See details on the Røde unit below.

    Tips to get started:

    1. Write a script and set it up on teleprompter, in a large, readable font
      • Read over your script roughly seven times, just to get a feel for the words and pronunciation
      • Rewrite any lines you don't feel comfortable voicing
    2. Plug in your audio equipment to the Mixer as and if required
    3. Open Final Cut Pro X (FCP) on the MAC 
    4. FCP Go to Window  Voiceover and select either the Yeti Microphone or the XENYX302 with a microphone
    5. Do a test run, the voiceover needs to be loud
      • During the rehearsal, adjust the microphone settings through headphones to get optimal audio quality
      • To avoid distortion or buzz, keep the audio levels in the middle of the bar and avoid the read zone.
    6. OPTIONAL - Use the Clapper board to help sync audioand video. If you are are using FCP see the tutorial video below on manual and Auto Sync 
    7. Hit the record button (red circle shown below) to start recording


Microphone

    High quality hand or stand microphones from the spoken voice to vocals.  The pickup range is directly from the top to 90º to the side of the microphones.  The microphones receiption is greatly minimised towards the end of the microphones.  Ideal for interviews and vocals.

    Beta 58A Dynamic

    The Shure Beta 58A (Gray / light Blue band) dynamic vocal microphone and has been precision-engineered for professional studio recording applications. Accentuates clarity of vocals and a tight supercardioid pattern insures high gain-before-feedback, maximum isolation from other sound sources and minimum off-axis tone coloration.

    PG48 Dynamic

    The Shure PG48 (black with on/off switch) dynamic vocal microphone is designed to be used for spoken word and karaoke performance applications.

    RØDELink

    The RØDELink system is designed as an wireless lapel microphone with a range of 100m 

    The RØDELink transmitter and receiver should be ready to go and paired on channel 8. Please do not reconfigure.

    The transmitter is marked TX while the receiver is marked RXThe transmitter is normally attached to persons belt and the lapel microphone on a shirt near the mouth.  The receiver is connect to the camera with a cable to the microphone input port of the camera or computer.

    To turn the transmitter and receiver units On / Off, simply press down the Power buttons on each unit until the unit starts or turns off.
    PAIRING - If the RØDELink need to be paired, follow these steps: 
  1. Turn on the Receiver and Transmitter units. 
  2. Open the battery door of both units, allowing access to the pair (red) buttons.
  3. On the Receiver RX unit, press and release the pair button (don't hold). The screen status should change to display a flashing channel number and a searching animation to indicate it is in pair mode.
  4. If you wish to select a specific channel number, press the 'CH'; button to cycle through to the desired channel. 
  5. Press and release the pair button on the Transmitter TX (don't hold). Both units should now display a solid, matching channel number indicating that they are now paired.
If you wish to pair multiple RØDELink kits, simply switch off the first set and then pair the second set using the steps above on a different channel.

Blue Yeti Microphone

The Blue Yeti is a powered microphone that connects directly to the computer using a USB cable and has a number of built in directional microphones.  See the charts below for settings.  The unit also includes a phone jack for head set listening.

The Blue Yeti comes mounted to a table stand.  We recommend that any computers are used on a separate table as computer noise can be picked up through the table's surface.  The other option is to mount the Blue Yeti onto one of the free standing microphone stands by removing the table stand. Please avoid misplacing the fixing screws and reassemble on leaving the studio

The front of the Blue Yeti has the Blue logo face you.

The Gain control allows you to limit the level of sensitivity. Start with the Gain down and adjust upwards to increase sensitivity.




Tutorials Videos 

iMovie - Get started

Final Cut Pro - Professional Post Editors

About 3 Point Lighting

RødeLink Microphone

Shura Beta58 Micro

Blue Yeti Microphone





Xenyn Mixer

FCP Syncing Audio to Video

FCP Multi Camera Editing

iMovie - Voice Over

Using a Teleprompter

Recording Tips


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