I already posted how I record. I chose Sony AVC/MVC in Render Settings and chose the template you suggested, changed the bitrate from 8mil to 4mil, also changed to 59.940fps because that's what I record at. Detailed parts of the video look nice enough, but most of the background areas look deluded and murky. Something always looks off when I try to lower the bitrate for any Render Setting I've tried. Still don't know what I'm doing wrong, if there is a right way with the tools I have at hand.
Better mic and/or better recording setting. A PC mic or headset is usually bad because it has built-in noise-cancelling which cuts out the lower frequencies. A high-quality USB headset could work if you turn that stuff off. A decent 3.5mm shotgun mic will get better quality. Those mics with the larger plugs sound a little better and can use cheap adapters to plug into 3.5mm spots. A high quality USB mic (even the Rock Band ones) will get decent quality as well. The highest quality option is to go XLR - that's the best connection type, and usually XLR mics get that richer sound I think you're looking for. XLR-to-USB adapters are fairly cheap as well, if you don't have an actual XLR recorder.
As for the actual recording, ALWAYS record to Windows Waveform, PCM WAV files. The specific formats vary, but stick to uncompresssed WAV, at least 44.1 kHz, and your only problem will be physical mic quality.
I've read the Complete FAQ, and in regard to this quote:
How do I record off of my Xbox? You need either a video capture card or a digital camcorder with an S-Video input, and the S-Video cable set for your Xbox (sold separately). You may need a splitter/distribution amp if you want to watch it on the TV at the same time you're recording.
Which sort D/V Cameras come equipped with an S-Video input? I'd like to kill two birds w/ one stone and buy a great D/V Cam, but also one that comes with a port for an external mic - the works really. Any suggestions?
What video card would you recommend. I've been looking at the Hauppage and Hava recorders, but do I really need something that grand? I have an Acer Laptop and a G4 PowerMac, is there nothing I can do with all this technology already available. Cost isn't an issue...yet, but I would like to save cash if I can.
Any suggestions on a good camcorder to buy for at most $200 and has a swivel lcd screen? Also if would be preferred if it was from best buy or walmart because I have a gift card for each. I would also like if it was in hd and had a pretty good mic to record my voice, I'll mostly be using it to make youtube videos. Please post any links to some good camcorders. This is the first one I'm buying to any advice is helpful too.
I'm wanting to start filming comedy videos, but I have no idea what software/hardware to use. I'm a low low budget. I would prefer Some form of HD at 1080p camera under $1,000 and a good editing software under $1,000 too. Any tips?
I know this is touching on an already asked question and this one was probably asked before but i was recently looking into getting some capturing device around $100-$200 dollar range. I was looking at a Hauppauge but I don't know if there is a better more suitable product.
I think, I dont know for sure, but I think the Black Magic intensity pro is around $200. I have the Hauppauge HDPVR and it's great, only problem that people might have is that it takes up a lot more space than the Black Magic. Best bet is to find some pros and cons on the two and make a decision based off those.
You mean physical space, right? Not hard drive space? 'Cause the Black Magic is the one that records uncompressed - HD-PVR does H.264 compression. Personally I'd go with the HD-PVR. They also make an internal one if physical space is an issue: www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_colossus.h... I prefer compressed footage because the hard drive space saved is HUGE compared to the nearly-imperceptible loss in quality.