Audio Tips for your Videos
Shooting a web video demands attention to even the tiniest detail. Nevertheless, if you have never filmed a web movie before, then you may only be concerned with the looks of your movie. While this crucial, there is something that you must pay attention to even more than how the video looks. If you have ever watched a clip online, and the audio was off, either the volume was to low or it didn’t match with what was taking place on the screen, you probably stopped the video nd moved to the next one.
This is because the audio of a web video is very important in getting your message across. But just how do you ensure that your web video has awesome audio quality?
The main step to having great audio with your web clip is to make sure that you have all of the proper equipment. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy a $500 boom microphone that motion pictures use, however, it does mean that you will need to have at least the basic equipment needed. Many people when they film a web video simply use the microphone that is found on their video camera. While this may be passable for more visually-focused web videos, many videos require a person to talk.
When you use the microphone on your camera, you are going to get low-quality sound, and if it is windy outside, or if there is any type of background noise, your audio will be a mess. This is why having a decent hand-held microphone is very important.
If you are worried that holding a hand-held microphone will make your web video look “cheap,” there are several ways to hack the system. If you have more than one person helping you with your web video, simply allow the extra person to hold the microphone out of frame while you are speaking. This will ensure that you are clearly, and professionally, heard but you don’t have to worry about holding an uncomfortable microphone. However, if you do not have an extra person to hold the mic, you can simply place the microphone close to you, but keeping it out of the shot. In order to do this, you may want to have a close-up done on yourself, or the subject that you are filming.
Since the frame will be closer on you, you will not have to worry about the microphone showing up in the shot. You can place the microphone on a table by you, however, this may result in strange noises, especially if you have a neighbor that lives below you. A great tip on filming and recording audio in this manner is to hold the microphone in your lap with it facing your mouth.
This will let you have a shot that is focused on your mid-waist and up, as well as allowing the microphone to be close enough to your mouth area to record the audio. Make sure that you speak louder than you normally do when the microphone is in your lap, however, don’t yell. Web videos are awkward when the speaker is having to force themselves to be louder. Good luck in making the best out of your web clips.