IMG 2786 cropIn the second of our two workshop sessions designed to help members to improve their capture and post processing of audio for their films Barrie illustrated how the audio processing elements of Da Vinci Resolve can be used to balance and improve the audio captured last week from the two lavalier microphones and the boom microphone. Barrie compared the results of using Resolve with using Audition with which he was more familiar. Resolve was able to achieve very acceptable results and a number of members indicated that they will investigate using Resolve.

Barrie mentioned that there are dozens of YouTube tutorials on audio capture and processing but some are better than others!  Curtis Judd has a good channel, with a good number of videos on various aspects of recording and post production, as well as equipment reviews. Davinci also have a good few on various aspects of using Resolve. If you want some tips on Resolve and it’s clever bits there is a YouTuber called JayAreTv who is worth a look; for editing generally and effects rather than audio.

A word of caution offered by Barrie!  Recordings made on camera, will invariably be in a compressed codec (in the, ‘information lost’ sense) thus processing can quickly degenerate the recording further in the same way that compressed video codecs can suffer. The audio equivalent of lossless is generally a ‘wav’ file sometimes called linear PCM and is the format to use when using separate recorders. In any event, only do the minimum processing necessary, it’s easy to overdo it.

Barrie summarised in an email to members the order that he basically uses to post process his audio but in practice he felt that it was important to ensure that the audio capture is the best possible so that the necessity for post processing is reduced.

It was a very useful evening but it generated even more questions which we hope will be answered in the coming weeks!

Colchester Film Makers first open evening on Tuesday 10th September was well attended by old and possible new members alike. The displays of Follow Focus, Motorised dolly,  Green Screen, Animation and Soundrecording filled the hall. Also cakes were eaten. The next meeting on 17th September will show a selection of BIAFF films. IMG 1661John Jones and a visitor discussing camera lenses.



Photo 1At our meeting on 18th February 2020 our Chairman Barrie Gibbard passed on his experience of attaching and hiding a Lavalier microphone when capturing audio on a film shoot. We attached Lavalier microphones to two members in an interview situation. The interview was filmed by members and recorded on a Zoom F8 digital recorder using the two Lavalier microphones as well as a boom microphone as a backup and which also may be used to provide a source of ambient background. At our next meeting on 25th February Barrie will demonstrate how to adjust and mix the audio recordings he captured in post production so as to produce a film with the best audio.

Barrie introduced and demonstrated the idea of a "Moleskin Sandwich" and its use with "HBG Tape" and "3M Transpore Tape" which are all available from Amazon (see details below).

Boudicca 1The Cinematic Syncopations Orchestra, a film by new member Dave Thompson, has won the prestigious Film of the Year title at the club’s Boudicca Film Awards.

Dave received the FOTY Boudicca from the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Peter Chillingworth, watched by a large audience at Firstsite.

Dave’s film qualified to enter the FOTY by winning the Chairman’s Cup. The name - SP27 Concert – was apparently only its file name and was added to the entry form by mistake.

The background to the film was that the girlfriend of Dave’s son was the concert’s production manager. He was asked if he would film the orchestra setting up and rehearsing. Having done that he decided to ask each member of the management team a few open questions and capture their emotional responses on camera.


The awards evening also marked the club’s Diamond Jubilee and Master of Ceremonies, Paul Desmond read out a short extract from CFMC history, written by Bernard Polley:

“Our story really starts in the spring of 1959 when two keen amateur cinematographers - Don Leech and Eric Smith - called a meeting at the Cross Keys Inn in Long Wyre Street to see if there was sufficient interest to form a cine club.

“Twenty people attended and Colchester & District Cine Society was born on 24th April 1959. Don Leech, a school master, was elected Chairman.

“It was agreed that meetings would be held fortnightly at St. Martins in West Stockwell Street - a draughty disused church. Those founder members were using 16mm, 9.5mm and standard 8mm film stock.”