The video talks etc.
Kind of you to say so. I'm not seeking parise and glory but it would be nice to know occasionally whether what I'm saying is appropriate, logical an above all else delivered at a pace which leaves a lasting impression with the reader/viewer. In particular, by far the quickest way for me to 'knock-up' a "tutorial" (big quotes) is to use the new video screen-cam software. It has the one big advantage to me that recording time is strictly limited to five minutes with a very small countdown timer in my screen that's easy to miss. I've been down to the last few seconds of recording time and have had to rush a bit to avoid a lock-up and need to re-record the lot. Five minutes duration means I have to get the point across at a pace which leaves no time to go into much detail - that may or may not be a plus. I aim to do a half-take just to check recording levels etc. and then to proceed with an unscripted one-take. In fact, even if it were rehearsed, with only five minutes available you can't take your eye off the screen to read a script, and there is no editing facility: what you see is in effect delayed live.
Ok, you prompted me to plan the next video and again that's on analogue tape's limitations. I've spent an hour experimenting with how best to convey this and the technical results are worse than I feared. At a stroke it explains why some listeners prefer the so-called 'easy' sound of analogue. But as we'll see, it's just another illusion. A pleasant one some say, but I don't think that you can argue with the audio analyser's display. What's interesting is that if you listen to the off-tape sound for a while, and then switch over to the perfect source, it is a bit of a shock to the ears. The digitally perfect source signal sounds rather cold, hard and with cleanly etched 'edges'. The off-tape analogue interpretation of the source has the edges sandpapered smooth and demands less attention.
I need to order some simple parts to be able to adjust the levels going into the tape recorder for a level-perfect comparison with what comes out, off tape. I'll do that over the next few days.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK