I am about to embark on a number of short documentary videos. Initially they will be published to Vimeo and from there embedded on my website. At a later date some of these videos may also be posted on Youtube. Some will also be reworked as podcasts without video.
My current equipment is a Zoom H4N recorder which can function as either a stand-alone recorder or USB microphone. I also have VP18, Sound Forge Pro 12 plus Melodyne. I am prepared to consider additional hardware and software but it would need to be compact as at times I will be recording in hotel rooms while travelling.
I will be recording 3 main types of voice-over:
- Straightforward voice-over recorded after the visuals have been edited.
- 'Theatrical' readings from books etc. In these I may be invoking several characters so subtle software manipulations of my voice may be appropriate. These would be recorded first then the visuals edited to fit.
- Narration as though I am actually recording at the scene being depicted (even though it is recorded afterwards) combined with the ambient sounds from the video. This may for instance follow the camera from a busy street into an empty cathedral with appropriately manipulated audio. I never show my face so lip-syncing is not an issue.
I would appreciate any advice from you wonderful experienced gurus out there as to how you would go about this. For instance, for No.1 I would usually think of recording straight into VP using the multi-take option then tidying it in Soundforge. However the other two are not so straightforward and I am open to any advice on suggested ways to go about things.
Thank you in advance.