I’ve been moving my audio processing to REAPER over the last year or so. It’s a powerful and reliable program in a fast moving package, with a very active and helpful user community. All these factors make it a real pleasure to use.
Now for the icing on the cake – the development team has linked in the FFmpeg video libraries and given REAPER the ability to do simple video editing. I’m totally happy with my video editing system since I moved to Edius Neo 2.5, but when I played around with video in REAPER I realized that this is a tool many musicians want and need.
Many of us like to post simple performance videos on YouTube – not big production numbers but simple clips showing off our latest tune or instrument or technique. And we want to do this on a budget. We use inexpensive pocket video cameras, and they have at best mediocre sound quality. Many of us also have a fairly high quality recording system of some kind. Now with REAPER we can create our videos just like they do it in the movies – recording the sound on a high quality audio system positioned for the best audio quality while capturing the video at the distance needed for framing and perspective.
Using video in REAPER is a snap. First, go to the CockosWiki Video Support page for instructions on adding the FFmpeg libraries to the REAPER program directory.
Once the FFmpeg libraries are in place, just open the video file like any audio file, or drag and drop from your file browser into the REAPER track window. I’ve tried clips from three camcorders so far, the Kodak Zi8, the Flip Ultra HD, and the Sanyo Xacti HD2000. REAPER handled all of them with ease. Only the .mts files from my Panasonic Lumix TS2 failed to open, and I was able to convert them to an AVI that REAPER liked.
If I’m shooting video around my studio, I’m all ready to record audio into REAPER, so there’s another step out of the way. If I’m shooting on location it’s a snap to bring the recordings back to the PC and drop them into REAPER. The whole process is so easy that instead of writing detailed instructions I decided to simply shoot a video of shooting a video and demonstrate the syncing process.
So that’s how easy it is. Drag and drop, drag and drop, trim, drag and drop, trim, and render. When I think of the hours I’ve spent calculating frames in Avidemux, or waiting for Premiere Elements to redraw, or being told by Windows Movie Maker that it can’t deal with my file …
Here’s the video that I created in REAPER in the process of the tutorial. The Flip would have been happier with more light, for sure, but the quality you see in this video is right there with the original from the Flip. And the audio is in a whole different, and better, league. Naturally, since I was working within REAPER I could have easily added effects, applied EQ, worked over the audio to improve the result.
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