Filming the show

I was going to have a big set up for this, but here’s the basics of what I do to film the show and get the audio out for transcribing.

My show is basically an interview show, with two people sitting at a table in a restaurant talking about the college’s sports. Right now, that’s football, and frankly, that’s pretty cool. Because I love football. I don’t know what inning it is, but dammit, I love it! (That’s a joke, of course. I do know innings are for hockey. HA! I kid.)

So, we have two cameras. The main camera shoots straight on to the table, showing both our host, Bruce Parker, and our guest. The second camera is a side shot of just the guest. Why do we do this? Because we’re in a local restaurant and can’t bring in the big crane and move around a lot to make this look like ESPN. Believe me, I’d love to, but there isn’t the space. One thing to note, I run the lav mics into the main camera, taking both channels with those, and use the built in mics on the second camera. I need the second camera to have audio as it’s important later. Trust me.

After we film, I run back to the editing bay and Log & Transfer the footage to my project, and then I get to sync it all up. I don’t use anything as cool as a timecode generator or anything to sync up the footage, I used the audio files and the courtesy that Bruce has of audibly counting down to his start for each segment. I line everything up, and cut down the clips to the meaningful bits. This is why both cameras need audio, for syncing. It’s so easy and quick when it’s there.

Then I use In and Out points in my main timeline. I have never had a use for these before because I keep my sequences to exactly what I want to show. But, with the In and Out points surrounding my useable, aligned bits of the show, I can Send To Compressor and export an MP3 to my Transcribe folder (I created both the MP3 compressor setting, and the transcribe folder, and set it as the default destination for the compressor setting), and then I email the bits off to my transcriptionist.

I then get to finish the edits. I’m not going into more detail with this because if you can’t figure out what I did by the description above, you won’t get Closed Captioning at all. So I’m not terribly worried about you, although I’m glad you came by. More next week.

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