Podcast and Recording Hacks

We all know what it’s like to face internet connection hiccups. But what do we do when we face these challenges while recording important audio? Marc Gutman shares essential hacks that will give you some slack when editing content.

Video Transcript

Keith Roberts 0:04

All right, super excited to have Marc, you are a podcasting recording guru. I love your background. I love the sound, I love just the quality, which is exceptional. You know, I've had some challenges with recording. What are the things that you've learned to set up a proper podcasting video and recording setup?

Marc Gutman 0:21

Now, I'm not going to get into too much into the camera, I do have a video on YouTube that we can link to that gets into the actual camera setup, how to get this nice soft depth of field and using a DSLR. But there's a couple things you can do, especially when using zoom. And having a recording like this, like today we're recording on zoom. And so I'm also going to assume that you have a good microphone and things like that.

The two things two best like hacks that you can do are, when you go into zoom into your settings, there's the ability to separately record everybody's audio in that setting for your recording. And what that allows is that you can also the video and you can set up multiple video extremes and points of view. And why that's important is that if you're using an editor to put together any of this, you have separate audio channels. And so your voice, you know, if I'm having a great silky smooth voice, and I've got a good connection, but maybe Keith is over there, and he's using some Fisher-Price microphone, at least my voice will be good. However, if we both—So that's on zoom. And so you know, we have multi-channel, your editor can mix in and work with it. And that's a way to really save a recording.

Say you spent all day recording and doing interviews and just there were some audio challenges, this will save that recording, and there's nothing worse than losing the recording. The second pro tip, and I got this from our podcast editor is that at the very least, if you have a good mic, you open up GarageBand or some other similar on prem, I'll say recording software on your computer and just start recording. So right now I have GarageBand running in the background. It's recording only my audio from this mic. And that's all that's going in, but it's a direct connection.

So if the internet cuts out if we have any sort of hiccups, there's no problem. It's super clean and beautiful. Now on today's recording, Keith also is doing the same thing. So again, we've kind of got some redundancy, if we have any internet issues, if the best thing that Keith has ever said, starts to get cut out by the internet, his GarageBand is picking that up. And our editor can then take these two audio files very easily and create a beautifully sounding high-quality audio to our imagery and work some editing magic.

So it's just a way of giving a lot of slack, a lot of extra rope if you will to your editorial team to your process and making sure that when you're recording, your content is saved and you're not running the risk of losing any content because we all know we've all been there where we've thought we're recording and we thought we had the most amazing recording or you invested the time and the recording didn't work or it came out poorly or or what have you.

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