Can I record video direct to my Mac with a seperate audio source?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by TTripp, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. TTripp macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    I'd like to record video direct to Mac/iMovie with a camcorder, but have a seperate (not from the camcorder) audio source by micing up the participants via Firewire. Is this possible? Are there any special connections I would need on the camcorder? Thanks!
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    I know you can do it with FCE and FCP ... should be able to do it with iMovie as well.

    Connect all of your mics to a mixer, then feed the mixer's output to one of your camera's audio input. Then connect the camera to your Mac via Firewire.

  3. AviationFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Route the audio through the camera, as DH explained, or use what's called the "double system": Record the video and audio separately, then merge and synchronize them in the editor. I don't know iMovie enough to tell you how to do that, but in theory it shouldn't be any different than importing a background music track for your video. If you have a decent FireWire-based audio capture solution, this should give you higher sound quality than routing sound through the camera.

    - Martin
  4. Poeben macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2004
    Kind of a thread-jack here, but I was wondering this the other day. In FCP I can select my audio source as my Firewire audio interface but, by doing so, I can't select my camera as DV source (although I can playback sequences to both camera DV and Firewire audio, IIRC.) I was thinking it may be because they are sharing the FW bus but short of adding another FW card I don't know how to tell if this is the case.

    Any ideas?

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