These tutorials are most effective when used in conjunction with the editing software. Ideally, you should watch a tutorial then use the editing software to practice the techniques. Watch and practice again and again, as much as you need. Do not use these tutorials as an excuse to miss class. They are not a substitute for actual classroom learning, but simply an extra tool to help you refresh your skills and explore new techniques.

Adjusting audio on source clips – Fix before you Mix!

Adjusting audio in the timeline

Recording reporter voice tracks

Students have several options for recording voice tracks for a news PKG.

  1. Use your external microphone and camera. Check mic levels in the camera and record just as you would an interview, with lav mic on your clothing about 6-9 inches below your mouth. You can also keep the lens cap on so you’ll be able to tell it’s your voice track when you get the clip from your SDHC card.
  2. Use a microphone connected to your laptop. A good USB mic will work, or if you have an adapter for your lav mic, you can try that. You’ll need some kind of audio software on your laptop. I recommend Audacity because it’s easy to use and it’s free!
  3. Use a microphone connected to your smartphone. If you have a mic that works with your phone, this might be a good option. Record your voice track and send the audio file to yourself, or copy the file from your phone to your computer.
  4. Use one of the audio booths in the Grady Newsource master control room. These booths have iMacs with USB microphones and Audacity. This video explains how to record in the booths.

There is also a voice booth on the 3rd floor of the MLC. Check with the staff for recording instructions.