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From the Digital Pro Sound Forum...

By DMN Staff Writer
I've got a need to record audio separately from video and then sync them back up when I edit the video. I'm recording the event on three consumer DV cameras (i.e., no external sync capability) and taking separate feeds from the direct outs of the house mixer into my own Mackie 1642, mixing it on the fly (alas, no multitrack recorder), and recording the mixed audio onto a TASCAM DAT deck. The video capture is done through firewire and the audio capture is done through the DAT's digital output.

I've done some tests with this, and when I try to edit it together (Premiere 6) the audio is clearly out of sync with the video after just a couple minutes. With the program being more than 2 hours long, I obviously want to avoid having to readjust it throughout the entire length of the show.

I've tried sending the audio into one of the cameras instead of the DAT, but the AGC circuitry in the camera murders the sound quality (compression "breathing", etc.). And, since it is a live show, I really would like to keep the longform recording capability I have with the DAT so I don't miss anything.

Replacing my cameras is not an option right now, but I may be able to invest in some audio gear, or at least rent some. Any suggestions for alternative recording setups that will make syncing more precise, or am I just doomed to deal with this until I get syncable cameras? Thanks!

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