With much of the world working from home, or just staying at home, even if they’re not working, a lot more people have taken to online collaboration videos in order to help stave off the boredom and be creative. And it seems to be happening quite a lot with musicians lately. Even Berton and Prescott from The Knack got together for one to make a parody of their own song My Sharona.
When you’ve got larger productions, with lots and lots of people involved, each playing different parts of a song live, editing them together can be a little tricky. In this video, Austin Kruczek shows us how to sync, move and edit together a bunch of different videos from performers in a “virtual big band” to get a very effective final result.
The editing techniques shown in the video can apply to many different types of video collaborations where multiple clips need to appear on the screen simultaneously. And while the specific buttons and dials you might need to press for some of the functions may be in different places, it should be easy enough to transfer over to other editing software like DaVinci Resolve or Final Cut Pro X.
It’s a cool technique, and even the BBC’s getting in on the action with the musical collaboration videos.
Austin goes a little deeper into the planning stages for making the video, as well as the editing. Making music videos like this isn’t so straightforward when most of them are going to be playing their parts without hearing the other instruments playing alongside them as they would if they were able to all play together in the same room.
Click tracks and midi files were used to make sure everybody was able to keep time and know when to come in with their part or to stop. This meant that when all the footage and audio recordings came back for mixing, everything matched up.
This is Austin’s first video on YouTube, so head on over to his channel and show him some love with a subscribe if you want to see more as he puts them up.