Swarm Recording - the process of using a number of synchronized cameras and/or microphones to record an event. Nothing to do with bees, except of course if they are a logical part of the event. ;-)
For example, the better modern cell phones contain pretty fair still/video cameras and microphones. The microphones may be more limited, but high quality bypasses of them are possible.
AFAIK if the cell phones are all on the cell system, or running off of a common WiFi Hotspot, they are automatically time synchronized with each other. Precisely!
Basically you have a bunch of cell phones that are each pointed at one of the various people that are involved in an event, or at least the most important ones or at least the overall event from as many angles as desired or possible. You set them up to record video as desired and press the start buttons. You run the event. When the event is over, you download all the videos and/or audio tracks and edit them into a usual multi-camera and/or multiple microphone recording.
The way this is economical is that you can now get really pretty good used cell phones for about $100 each. Not a bad price for a mic and a video camera. If you synchronize them to a WiFi Hotspot they don't need SIM cards. BTW, VOIP still works on them, even without SIM cards. They work like small WiFi Android tablets. In terms of local storage, they can be expanded up to the uSD capacity of the phone, which may be 128 GB.
Interesting. But I assume all the phones still run off their own crystals, even if they're updated every minute or whatever. Still, this sounds pretty cool.
Yes, the best information I have says that while the phone's (and tablets) real time clocks are closely synchronized, the audio subsystems typically run off of the CPU main clock which is pretty stable but free-running.
I have more experience than I care to remember editing multiple audio and video tracks from multiple unlocked sources. It really isn't all that bad when the free running clocks are actually quite precise. Lip synch generally holds together for several minutes at a ti me.
I have at least 4 Android devices, two phones and two tablets that I can try this with, and I'm going to do so, with each one recording both audio and video.
Sorry for slightly changing the subject,but you seem up to speed with your video recording. I'm running late with an intended release, like maybe another year, so was intending to change direction and make a series of live studio performance videos. what I would like to do is video each take live but will be playing up to 7\8 instruments on some tracks,I also want to include mixing the track,then use the recording as the audio and blend in the different instruments as and when throughout the video, I'm pretty old school in my approach, so can only visualize clap boards! I've got iMovie and another more in-depth software I forgot the name of, do you or anybody else know the best way to approach this, cheers.....
Wait - this thread is about swarm recording and you want to know about video editing? If I'm understanding correctly, please start a new thread. From your description, your video is music-based so I don't see why you can't ask this in the music forum.