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Stripping Audio from Video Interviews

So why would you possibly want to strip the audio from a beautiful video interview?  We do it at the Nunn Center, mainly, for transcription.  When we transcribe an interview (which means sending it out to a transcriptionist), we…

Testing 1-2-3: Zoom H-5 Microphone Test

Here is an initial audio test of the Zoom H-5 digital audio recorder using the standard X/Y microphone module, an external (XLR) lavaliere microphone, and the optional MSH-6 Mid Side Stereo and XYH-6 microphone modules. Example #1:  Mic: Standard…

iOS and iPhone Recording for Oral History

I commonly get asked about iOS and iPhone recording options for oral history, so I will be launching a series of posts reviewing several of these devices.  When recording oral histories, I strive to get the best recording possible.…

Digital Audio Recorders: Zoom H5

I love the Zoom H5.  In full disclosure, I have never been much of a Zoom type of guy.  It started with the guitar effects pedals in the ’90s…They were designed (and priced) for the low end market, and…

Using a Shotgun Microphone for Video Interviewing

For my video interviews I have always preferred lapel microphones for capturing the audio.  In my short article “Microphone Strategies for Recording Video for Oral Histories” published on Oral History in the Digital Age my bias for the lapel microphones is…

Flash Media Failures: Lessons Learned

One of my greatest fears has  always been the risk of recording a one-of-a-kind oral history interview and having an unknown digital data or technical failure.  I spend a lot of time obsessing about best practices and, recently, mostly…

Oral History and Video: Shallow Depth of Field

As high-end video technologies become more and more affordable, oral historians are now able to create a video “look” that was once reserved for cinematographers and professional videographers.  In photography, I have always loved pictures of people utilizing a…

Audio for Video Oral Histories

Lately, I have been thinking a great deal about video, quality and affordability as I look for ways to achieve optimal video recording for affordable prices.  High quality cameras are affordable and easy to use now and there is…