Video – Gamma Ray live @ l’Impérial de Québec

Those of you who know me well know that I shoot a lot of concert picture for MusikUniverse.net, the biggest french metal & rock webzine in Canada. They told us that we could shoot a video of the first song, so we went for it! Be sure to watch it in HD! Details after the jump.

I hate managing sound recording. I really do. But sound is half the thing in video, especially for videos related to music. I did not have access to the sound board, so I went for the best I could with the equipment I had with me. I clamped a Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic on the edge of the balcony on the second floor and plugged it into my (soon to be ex) M-Audio Microtrakk II. I tried fooling around with other solution, like plugging a videomic directly in my MacBook Pro, but I was very unsure of the result.

By the time I decided to go with the NTG-2, we were 10 minutes to show time. I tried to level the recording level based on final sound check, went with a real arbitrary level and prayed to the gods of heavy metal that I would get at least decend sound. Three songs in the photo pit, one filming, two taking pictures and back to the recorder.

Not so bad! This is not the best sound I got in a live video, but it is decent enough to listen to! Zoom H4n is next on the purchase list. It is very awesome for live recording when you can’t afford someone just for recording the audio. You get soundboard input and also live sound, which is very nice to produce an interesting and good live sound.

The video was entirely shot on my Canon 5D mkII with a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8, mounted on a Shape WLB Sumo II shoulder mount. If I remember correctly, ISO was 1600, shutter speed 1/50 (24P) and aperture floated in the f/5.6 region most of the time.

Can I shoot a video of your band? Sure I can! Contact me via the contact tab on the top of this website for pricing and info.

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