Tutorial designed by: Desmond, Innovation Wing tutor
Prepare the materials needed for the recording. This can include scripts, storyboard, list of props and equipment needed etc. Make a checklist so you won't miss anything!
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1. Audio Feedback loop
Audio feedback is the ringing noise (squealing, screeching) present in sound systems. It is caused by a “looped signal”, i.e., a signal which travels in a continuous loop and leading to the audio level reaching maximal level. This can cause serious damage to the auditory system, or even lead to temporary or PERMANENT HEARING LOSS.
Feedback might be heard from speakers with one or more of the following conditions:
To eliminate feedback, the feedback loop has to be interrupted.
2. Eyesight Damage
The LED light panel is able to emit strong light and might be able to damage one’s eyesight if under prolonged period of direct exposure. It can cause eye strain or eye floaters if not handled with care.
The InnoWing Podcast Studio provides professional and high quality equipment for users with uses case not limited to:
This operational guideline is a walkthrough of the general procedure in using the Podcast studio in Innovation Wing. The following is a brief overview of this tutorial.
In this section, you will be introduced to various pieces of equipment in the Podcast Studio. Feel free to look up on Google with their names if you are interested in learning more about any one them!
Headphone Mix (Behringer HA8000) (Top) and DI Box (Behringer DI800) (Bottom)
Studio Speaker (IK Multimedia iLoud MTM)
LED Light Panel (Phottix Nuada R3)
Please note that for most of the shootings parameters which we will go through in the following session has no definitive solution. They are all up to the each individual’s artistic sense. Please feel free to try experimenting with different settings and parameters. The following guide will only provide a sample setup and a general direction of how you can setup the shooting environment. The steps which you may try to experiment with with be marked with a “Try it Yourself” tag.
Step 1: Make sure the dummy battery cable is properly connected to a USB power outlet, and the USB connection cable is properly connected to the extension cable to the control room computer.
Canon M200 USB Connection Port (Photo Credits: www.kentfaith.com)
Dummy Battery for Canon M200 – LP-E12 Dummy Battery (Photo Credits: Photo4Easy@Amazon)
Step 2: Power On the camera. Make sure it has been switched to video shooting mode.
Canon M200 Top Panel with Scene Intelligent Auto (Auto+) selected (Photo Credits: www.kentfaith.com)
Step 3 (Try it Yourself): Adjust the exposure settings. By default, the exposure level should be set to +-0. Adjust according to your personal preference.
Step 4 (Try it Yourself): Adjust the white balance settings. By default, the white balance settings should be set to AWB (Auto White Balance). Adjust accord to your personal preference. These settings should be adjusted together with the color temperature setting of the video light. If you would like to learn more about white balance you can check out the link below: https://expertphotography.com/4-steps-to-understanding-white-balance/.
Step 5 (Try it Yourself): Adjust the shooting angle of the camera
Step 1: Make sure the video lights are connected to the power outlet properly and switch on the light panel to AC power mode.
Step 2 (Try it Yourself): Settings Adjustment. Adjust the angle, brightness, and color temperature of the LED light panel. Before we present a sample setup, there are two videos which explain a few basic concepts of lighting:
Three-Point Lighting by DiCasaFilm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Sov3xmgwg
Hard and Soft Light by Curtis Judd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSyG-RhZrMU
The sample light setup is as follows:
The LED light panel on the left is the key light, while the LED light panel on the right is the fill light.
The brightness and color temperature settings can be adjusted by pressing the corresponding button and turning the dial on the right side of the control panel. Sample settings for each light are as follows:
Key Light: 100%, 5000K
Fill Light: 65%, 500K
For this tutorial, we will set the content display of the studio monitor to mirror directly from the control room computer. This is to mimic the case where the host would like to have a live monitor for his/her performance.
Step 1: Navigate to “Display Settings” by right-clicking on your desktop or by other ways you prefer.
The following are a few possible use cases and are briefly discussed as follows:
– The host provided some multimedia files like PowerPoint or videos for display during the session. This settings require an extended desktop with the multimedia content showing on the extended desktop.
– The host bring in his/her laptop and would like to show the content on his/her laptop on the studio monitor via an HDMI connection. This setting requires HDMI signal capturing and passthrough.
– The host bring in his/her laptop or mobile device and would like to show the content on his/her laptop or mobile device via a wireless connection. This setting require setting up an NDI/Airplay/Miracast signal capturing on the control room computer.
3.2 Mixer Setting
By default, the mixer should have all levels set to -∞ and level for all the monitor device output knob should be set at 0. Also make sure the push button under each output device knob is at high level (i.e. it’s outputting audio from the master channel).
Step 2: For this tutorial, we will be using control speakers and studio speakers for audio monitoring. Adjust the output knob for each device to around 4 or 5.
Step 3: Adjust the slider for channel 9/10 (PC Audio Output) to around level -20 to -10, and the audio level reaches -24 to -18. You should see the volume indicator adjusting accordingly when you move the slider. If the indicator is not lit check your video/audio source. Also make sure you are using the “Master” fader mode.
Step 4: Adjust the master slider gradually. NEVER make drastic adjustments. Make sure all the output devices can hear the audio component of the video/audio source. Adjust the output volume for each output device from the output device knob if necessary.
3.3 Open Broadcast Studio (OBS)
The video will be recorded to the user’s video folder (“Videos”) by default.
If you would like to change the output path, navigate to “Output” tab in “Settings”, and modify the designated path. This step is not compulsory.
Navigate to “Stream” tab under “Settings”. Choose the designated service platform from the dropdown menu.
A stream key will be required from the platform of your choice. Press “Get Stream Key” to obtain the key. For additional instructions on obtaining a stream key, please refer to the links attached below:
Click OK to save the settings.
Preset Scene 1 – Camera with Mic
Preset Scene 2 – Display Capture with Camera and Mic
Note: When using this scene, please adjust the display to either “Extend Desktop” or “Duplicate Desktop” on both the control room monitor and the studio monitor according to your needs. For example, if there is a coordinator to monitor the video feed while the presenter required separate content like PowerPoint presentation chooses “Extend Desktop”; if the presenter would like to have a live preview of his/her performance while recording choose “Duplicate Desktop”.
Preset Scene 3 – HDMI Input with Camera and Mic
Step 1: Create a new scene
Press “+” at the bottom of the Scene Browser. Name your scene.
Now, make sure the newly created scene from the previous step is selected in the Scene Browser. To add an AV source, press “+” at the bottom of the Source Browser and choose “Scene”.
Under “Add Existing” select the Source to be added.
Adjust the size and position of each source accordingly. The following is a list of hotkeys available:
Hold CTRL to disable Source/Edge snapping
Hold ALT + drag the bounding box to crop
CTRL+F for fit to Screen (Preserve aspect ratio)
CTRL+S for stretch to Screen (Do not preserve aspect ratio)
CTRL+D for center to Screen
CTRL+R to reset a source size/position
Repeat this step for each individual AV source until you have a scene similar to the one below:
You can edit each scenes layer position (i.e. z-height) by moving the source up and down from the sources browser. Sources higher on the list will have a higher layer position. Note that in the following setup, the (V01) USB Camera Video Input is above the (V03) Control Computer Display Capture, thus it’s invisible from the preview as it’s under another layer.
Adjust the volume for each individual audio source from the Audio Mixer in OBS. For optimal results please keep the volume level near the yellow range (i.e. -10 db to -20db). You can mute a source by pressing the speaker icon at the bottom and a muted source will show a red “muted” icon.
Then adjust the fader level on the Zoom Audio Mixer for monitoring purpose. Make sure all only Mic 4, PC Audio Output and the Master fader is set to greater than -∞. All other channels should be muted or have the fader level set to -∞.
If more than one scene configuration are needed during the live session, toggle studio mode. Select the scene to transit to, and press the Transition button to perform a transition.
Press “Start Recording/Start Streaming” to start a session. Notice the red REC indicator and the live streaming icon at the lower right corner, these icons indicate whether the ongoing session is successful or not. Press the “Stop Recording/Stop Streaming” button after the session has ended.
3.4 Clean Up
– Transfer the video recording files to your own device and delete them from the control room computer.
– Delete the OBS scene you have created.
– Reset all the levels and knobs on the mixer back to it’s default value (i.e. – infinity for level sliders and 0 for output device knobs).
– Turn off all the equipment used, i.e. camera, led light panel, studio monitor, control computer, mixer and studio speakers.