Updated: Nov 19, 2021
I'm Johnny Mo, founder of Explore My Town. Let's kick it.
If there is one thing that will ruin your video, it's crappy audio. That's right, bad audio will ruin your video. We can salvage messed-up video, but we cannot salvage messed-up audio. I'm going to share three things with you that can help your audio be awesome in your videos, to help you stand out.
So, the first one is obvious. It's as obvious as obvious can be: get a good microphone. The best kind would be one that has a lab mix or a shotgun mic. We often rely on the microphone that's built into our phones. Those are great for phone calls. Those are great if you're in a controlled environment, and if you're close to your subject - within 34 feet, max. But if you're going to have any distance at all, if you're going to be interviewing other people, and if there's any kind of background noise, that microphone is pretty much useless. You want good audio. You need good audio.
You’ve gotta get good audio equipment. This lab microphone I use is wireless. I have two transmitters and one receiver, which makes this a great set for interviews. When I'm talking to somebody, they have a microphone, too, and it's close enough that it picks up crisp audio.
The second is going to be the placement of the microphone. Sometimes you'll have the microphone up too close to your mouth. That can cause your voice to be way too loud and it cracks and it crackles. Sometimes you'll have the microphone down too low, and then you won't be able to hear it.
I’ve found that the best placement of the microphone, on my own body, is right at the breastbone or sternum. I have a tendency to talk loudly, so I don't need it too close to my mouth. But your voice and your body might be different, so you need to play with it and find out where it works best for you. Practice it at home until you get it just right. Then, take care during your interviews to ensure that the microphones are placed properly before you start the interview. Do a few test runs and listen to them before you continue on with getting your footage.
Finally, the environment can have a huge impact on the quality of your audio. Be aware of exhaust fans, equipment, road noise, and any background noise. If you’re in a restaurant, even people walking by could present an issue. Try to shield yourself away from the noise, and remove yourself from it, if possible.
If you follow these three tips, your audio will be much better. Bad audio can ruin an otherwise amazing video, and good audio really makes an amazing video stand out. If you’re going to put the time and energy into making the video, you might as well do everything you can to make sure it’ll be the best quality possible.
I hope these tips help! I'm Johnny Mo, and if we can help you at all, reach out to us by going to partnerwithmytown.com. I look forward to talking with you.
Till next time,
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