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Re: Church sound

Tim wrote:
On Thu, 2009-03-12 at 21:27 -0500, David Miller wrote:
I see several packages that will record but I don't want to have a
700M file.  Is there a package that will break the recording into,
lets say, 10min files and then be able to burn those to CD as audio
tracks with zero time between tracks.

I've used software that can automatically break a large audio file up
into several smaller ones.  Though I suspect that's not going to work
well with speech, as it may think momentary pauses in speech are good
break points, whereas a human might break at more sensible moments
(change in topics, activities, etc.).

I've used Audacity for live recordings of sound, hitting stop and then
record between things.  That's one way of doing what you want.

But if you want to pay attention to what you're recording, and not get
distracted by recording it, then recording it as one slab then editing
afterwards is the better approach.  Again, Audacity is quite good for
that task.

At some point later I would like to get a camera and start doing video
recording of the service and place of DVD.

I'd suggest getting a HDD+DVD recorder, record to hard drive, break the
recording into chapters after filming, then burn off a DVD.  It's then
an easy job to replicate that DVD, either burning off another copy from
the hard drive on the same unit, or copying the DVD on computer.

You can record directly to the computer and avoid one layer of copying, with possible interface issues. Then break up the big file to as many parts as needed, and edit out the bits you don't want to make public.

I've got a Sony RDR-HXD590 HDD+DVD recorder which makes that sort of
thing relatively painless.  We've used it for recording concerts, and
chaptering the different acts.  And it seems to be one of the few that
creates fairly error-free discs.  I don't just mean discs that play
well, I mean ones that aren't full of masses DVD technical errors that
make duplication, or even playing, discs difficult on other decks.

I find stand-alone recording equipment to be generally a lot less
annoying that computerised video equipment.  Professional video
production is my career, and this is the easiest way to go, for low/no
budget productions, in my experience.  If you go the whole hog, you can
easily spend hours and hours in post production, for no tangible
improvement for the type of job you outline.

Most people don't find any match between "low/no budget" and "stand-alone recording equipment" since Fedora users have a computer but may not have all that other stuff. In particular the benefit of a separate CD or DVD burner escapes me, since there are easy to use tools for creating anything from VCD, thru SVCD to DVD, and audio CD formats are easily created.

In both cases the church is also talking about putting streaming audio
or streaming video on their web site.

If you do that, feel free to write a tutorial which doesn't assume that you either are a media expert or wish to be when you're done. Creating media is relatively easy, streaming not so much. And of course when you go live you can't edit out the things you didn't mean to share.

Might be worth looking at some of the youtube tutorials.  The same
things will apply for preparing video for your own website as theirs.

Good thought, covers the essentials.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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