We’re knee-deep in advice with our Vlogging 101 series at any given point; but we’re not gonna lie, this latest one is a doozy. Today we’re going to teach you the basics of getting your sound right in your videos.
White noise. Echoes. Bad microphones. There are so many things that can affect how nice your sound in a video is; and how nice your sound is can affect whether or not people want to come back for more. So getting it right is key!
Fortunately, as always we’ve got the basics in a new video.
And here it is in writing, if you so desire…
When recording audio for a vlog, there are a few different methods. You can record video and audio on your camera together; or record audio separately on a different microphone and stitch it together in editing. Most video cameras, while they do film in great quality, aren’t always the best at audio without a bit of help; but we’ll get to that.
First thing’s first: make sure the room you’re filming in is good for sound.
Things to watch out for:
- Big rooms. They can cause an echo that distracts from what you’re saying.
- Hard surfaces. Sound travels, and if you’re in a room full of bare walls or windows then your voice is going to bounce around a lot. Look for things like sheets, posters, curtains and pillows to help muffle this a bit.
- Background noise. Humming noises like air conditioning or traffic sometimes can’t be completely avoided, but it’s always best to be in a place where they won’t drown you out or distract you.
The environment is one thing, but of course, equipment is important too.
There’s no way around this one, no special hacks; the secret to perfect sound is spending money. A decent microphone can be upwards of about £50; a really good one will be closer to 100. What microphone you get should depend on what you’re filming with, so shop around first. DSLRs are best suited for directional mics, that can be mounted on the top and plugged directly into the camera. Using this mic means your audio will already be synched when you go to edit.
However, you might want to buy a different type of microphone that records audio separately. Podcasting microphones can have a lot more variation and styles in how they record audio; but it does mean you will have to synch up the audio by hand when you edit.
Sound is a tricky one to nail; but once you do, it’s just one of a bigger number of skills that becoming a YouTuber has taught you!