My son had gone into my studio and he almost tripped over some of the equipment. “Hey Dad. What’s with all the cameras and tripods in the studio?”
Well, I am working on a short video for Trevor and the New World project. As the project enters the final stage of production, Trevor wanted me to capture part of a mixing session.
It turns out to be a bit more complicated to do a screencast from a Pro Tools rig.
First, I hate those videos that are just basic screen captures. I wanted to have a bit more visual interest so I lined up three cameras for the job. One is panned close to the console work surface, one is from the behind right perspective and one is front-side profile.
Although it is relatively easy to capture the screen with QuickTime on a Mac, QuickTime screen recording is definitely not compatible with my version of Pro Tools. Instead, I am using Screenflow. Screenflow is a terrific tool for screencasts and it allows me to easily incorporate multiple video and audio feeds.
To capture the sound sources, I am using a small mixer to direct the vocal microphone and the two-track Pro Tools monitor send to a Zoom portable recorder.
I hope to get the screencast done over the next few days and I will post it up on Youtube and here on the blog.
Knee deep in mixing sessions for the next week and the video will give a bit of a taste as to how I approach a mix.