May 04, 2011

YouTube Posted Videos Have Low Sound?

I've been banging my head against the wall with YouTube sound problems on some of my uploaded videos for eons now. Volumes are fine on one computer and way too low on others.

Some production deets: I use a standard definition Panasonic DVX100B as my primary camera. There's a Rode NTG-1 shotgun plugged into one of the XLR inputs for most work. It's a decent mic, although it does seem to pick up Blackberry chatter in busy places and windy days can be a challenge. (A dead cat wind screen helps a wee bit.) A Panasonic GS-320 is used for acceleration documentation. (Switching everything over to HD cameras, slowly but surely ...)

To date, all voice over work has been done with a Blue Snowball USB mic. I'll be upgrading from the Snowball this week.

The Final Cut Express timelines can be a little crazy, with all the cuts. Lots of stuff to tweak.

I tried something (else) different with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee review I just posted:

  • Doubled up my voice overs as stereo
  • Exported the audio track from Final Cut Express as an AIFF
  • Processed the AIFF with Levelator
  • Imported the Levelated AIFF back into FCE
  • Dropped the track into a new sequence, cut & pasted the original video (sans sound) into the new sequence
  • Exported as AppleTV

Feedback's been good, so far. With nearly 500 folks watching the video, I've only heard positive things about the audio levels. Fingers crossed, this may have solved the problem. While the solution does add some time to the post-production process, it appears to be time well spent.

Many thanks to the folks that have helped me solve this. I only wish I had implemented the changes sooner.

Posted by geekbooks at May 4, 2011 03:33 PM


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