Has anyone tried this before? (audio question)

R9T

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#1
Howdy folks!

I'm a total beginner so forgive me if I ask some stupid questions ;-)
I noticed many motovloggers struggle getting a good, clear (voice) sound when riding at higher speeds.
How about you just mic your engine and traffic to get an ambient sound. Then (later), you record your voice at home in a controlled environment and mix it with your original recordings. Would that work?
Has anyone tried it before? Or is it a bad idea?

Cya,

R9T
 

lupin

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So you mean doing a voice over.

It does work for clearer audio, however it makes it into a explanation as to what happened instead of it being live.

About the only time it seems to work for a video is for a crash video.
 
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Theodor

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If you do more camera work, than just the helmet camera, combination of live commentary and voice over can work pretty well. I have an intention, of trying some voice over, with my this years holiday videos. I do take a lot of footage, of interesting places I visit, with my phone, so it is not just riding video.
Edit: besides, if everyone gets good audio right away, that would take away so many topics to make video of :p
 

scooterwuf

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If you shoot with the intent of adding voice over later, than that works. If you are speaking, emoting, and gesturing with the intent of dubbing in your voice later than that’s a risk as you have to match the intensity, inflections, stress moments and correlations with body gestures and what’ts happening on screen after the fact.

With the former, adding your commentary later, idealy it can work if it’s warranted. I did voice over work in my last video. But it also runs the risk of having the rider feel detached from what’s happening on screen. It really comes down to finding the sweet spot in your helmet for your mic to record your voice with minimum wind and engine noise.

Having a brain bucket, half to 3/4 face helmet makes that difficult, so doing a voice over may be the better choice.

- Wolf
 

Theodor

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@HippoDrone that is true. That is why I think it can only work well, when there is more video, than the riding. Then again, that is not pure motovlog anymore. But nowdays, how many people stick with pure motovlogs? All sorts of combinations of videos from drones, phones etc. are used, and thus the voiceover, in well selected spots, can add to the experience.
 

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There are only a few motovloggers I watch that do voiceover/narration on their videos. It can seem fake. However, it is not to say that I would never use narration. I have had a mic come undone during a recording so I had to either throw out an otherwise great video or narrate.
 
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#9
Howdy folks!

I'm a total beginner so forgive me if I ask some stupid questions ;-)
I noticed many motovloggers struggle getting a good, clear (voice) sound when riding at higher speeds.
How about you just mic your engine and traffic to get an ambient sound. Then (later), you record your voice at home in a controlled environment and mix it with your original recordings. Would that work?
Has anyone tried it before? Or is it a bad idea?

Cya,

R9T
I think as a general rule of thumb, a good setup should be invested into for live audio recordings. I think the voice over application is the most effective when reviewing footage and you wanted to comment on it, for example a crash and replaying what was going through your mind as well as potential errors that you noticed after watching the video. I feel like I'm yelling when I'm talking on the freeway, but I guess it works lol..
 

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