ifaq (Infrequently Asked Questions)

When I check to see what search terms brought viewers to my blog, I find some people would have been frustrated to get here and not find the answers they were looking for. Here are the answers:

What is the cause of the buzzing sound when recording through a microphone to a camcorder?

Maybe it is a loose connection. Another likely explanation is that you are listening using headphones while the audio output setting for your camcorder is set to AV. If this is the case, the buzzing is not recorded and is easy to get rid of. Most camcorders have a function for switching the output from AV to headphone.

Where can I find copyright-free instrumentals? Where can I find public domain music for advertising?

Almost nowhere. This is because with music recordings, the music and the recording are both copyrighted. What you are looking for is:

  • Royalty-free music (which means you pay for the music, quite often as part of a CD collection, but are allowed to use it when creating videos or for other purposes)
  • Music issued under a creative commons license that gives you the right to use the music under certain conditions
  • Music  for which the composer/performer gives you the right to use the music under certain conditions
  • Music which has been released into the public domain by the composer/performer (this almost never happens)
  • The music and the recording are so old that they are already in the public domain (this is also very rare—most recorded music is simply not old enough). Depending on the country, recordings enter the public domain 50, 70 or 95 years after the death of the copyright holder (in the US it is 95 years, but due to a legal technicality most sound recordings made in the US will not enter the public domain until 2065.

So basically, you only have the first three choices. Here are some links to help you:

Is YouTube the public domain? Are all videos posted on YouTube in the public domain?

Absolutely not. No No No. Negative. Nyet

How do I import an After Effects project in Premiere Pro?

There are two ways.I think the best way is to simply import the composition. In Premiere Pro, select File – Adobe Dynamic Link – Import After Effects Composition and then choose the After Effects file (and composition you are working with). I like this method because, you can change/edit the After Effects file at any time (just don’t rename it or move it) and the changes will appear automatically in Premiere Pro. The other method is to render the After Effects composition as an AVI file (Composition –  Add to Render Queue)

If the form(s) of documentation you listed in the previous problem is (are) missing, why will an assignment be plagiarized?

This is a research paper question. In research papers, the sources cited in the text must exactly match the ones listed in the references section; otherwise, it may appear that a student is making up the citations and/or references.

A Good Poem about a Fisherman?

My own poem is about a specific person and is a little negative. Try this one instead:
Trout Fishing by Eunice Lamberton

Give me a rod of the split bamboo,
a rainy day and a fly or two,
a mountain stream where the eddies play,
and mists hang low o’er the winding way,

Give me a haunt by the furling brook,
A hidden spot in a mossy nook,
No sound save hum of the drowsy bee,
or lone bird’s tap on the hollow tree.

The world may roll with it’s busy throng,
And phantom scenes on it’s way along,
It’s stocks may rise, or it’s stocks may fall,
Ah! What care I for it’s baubles all?

I cast my fly o’er the troubled rill,
Luring the beauties by magic skill,
With mind at rest and a heart at ease,
And drink delight at the balmy breeze.

A lusty trout to my glad surprise,
Speckled and bright on the crest arise,
Then splash and plunge in a dazzling whirl,
Hope springs anew as the wavelets curl.

Gracefully swinging from left to right,
Action so gentle- motion so slight,.
Tempting, enticing, on craft intent,
Till yielding tip by the game is bent

Drawing in slowly, then letting go
Under the ripples where mosses grow
Doubting my fortune, lost in a dream,
Blessing the land of forest and stream.

Rochester, N.Y.
December fifteenth, 1873

Can I remove or reduce voice vibrations (vocal vibrato) with Premiere Pro?

Removing vibrato is not a run-of-the-mill audio recording process, so  I think you would need specialty software or plug-ins for that. There is a discussion of the various methods and software available here:


It is basically a kind of auto-tune feature, so while you maybe be able to reduce or eliminate vibrato, you might end up with electronic-sounding artifacts. Generally, I am inclined to agree with the posters who suggest that it is much better to re-record the vocals than to heavily process them afterwards to fix any problems.

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