In 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!