Make a Video Demo #2 – Friday Guitar Noodling

This morning I wanted to play guitar… As I was kind of lazy to pick up the phone and call someone to play, I just wanted to jam me, my guitar and the computer!! Two or three backing tracks later, I thought it would be cool to make a video so I plugged the digital camera, just for fun! And then, I thought it would be even cooler to record the sound track on the computer just to compare the 2 ways of capturing the sound…

So here is my Friday Noodling that I’ll use to show the differences between an ambient sound capture via the microphone of the digital camera and the Tonelab line out / Soundcard line in capture and post-production!

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/3878702[/vimeo]

Kind of a big difference, isn’t it?

The post-production is made with Windows Movie Maker supplied with your PC as a default software. Its use is rather intuitive and it provides several presets such as video effects, transitions, etc… That’s a good software for video editing if you’re a rookie (just like me) though you will quickly reach its limits.

The first half of the video shows the capture via the digital camera microphone without any edition of the soundtrack.
The second half of the video shows the same sequence but instead of the digital camera sound (that is muted) you can hear the soundtrack captured via the Tonelab-soundcard. The signal is sent to Magix Music Studio (you can see it recording in the background). The only edition I made on the soundtrack is to lower its volume a little bit.

I like the sound capture via the Tonelab and the soundcard, though you might argue that you lose something when you discard the ambient sound of the room (believe me, in the case of my room, I just lose a persistent car traffic noise). If I was aiming to video review a guitar, I surely won’t use this method for this reason, but also because amp simulation devices tend to homogenize the sound of any guitar you plug in, though the Tonelab doesn’t have such a drastic effect on the sound characteristics of the guitars. If my purpose is to review the Tonelab and to show all its possibilities, I will surely use this recording method!

Next time I will make a screencast of the video edition in order to see further…  Isn’t it another level of sophistication? Any comments?

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