Audio Tips for Video Creators.
The last few years has seen a boom in YouTube content creators. The platform has allowed for mass communication as a social medium. Each new day a plethora of people are making the shift from conventional methods such as TV to online content, this could be for a few reasons but in general I feel it comes down to the vastness of content and ability to chose exactly what you are watching and for how long. Not to mention the reduction of ad time.
With new creators entering the public space many responsibilities are being placed upon creators to compete with the big budget quality of TV. The modern day DSLR cameras are great for filming video and there are major companies such as Rode Microphones in Australia who are creating fantastic entry level microphones as an addition to this.
What lot of creators lack is quality processing. This isn’t limited to YouTube film makers but also new producers, you can hardly blame them with the steep learning curve including lighting, and camera angles but quality audio makes a big difference, otherwise you wouldn’t see film makers spending millions upon millions on audio for their movies and TV series.
So here are some tips for obtaining quality dialogue in your videos and a brief explanation of each.
Microphone: It all starts with the microphone, the better quality the microphone, generally, the less processing required for professional Audio. Microphones change sound energy into electrical energy and there are many types in the market. If you are mainly recording voice I would advise a Condensor microphone, as these are more sensitive to high frequencies however unlike dynamic microphones they are more easily damaged from dropping.
Preamp: A preamp is a little box to plug your microphone into, essentially it boosts and colours the sound from the microphone to a level appropriate for your software. Focusrite released the Scarlett solo which is perfect for dialogue using a ingle microphone and very affordable.
Effects: Some video editing programs have basic audio filters which do the job, but in essence this can be a lot like instagram filters, creators have turned away to other software filters like VSCO for a reason yet these are never as good as doing some quality dirty work yourself. Free programs such as Ableton Live Lite include effects such as compression and EQ which can drastically assist in processing your audio recordings and be rendered and re-imported into your videos.
Room: If you have ever seen a music studio you will notice that a lot of time and effort is placed in the room to “sound proof” or more accurately “acoustically treat” a room. This is less about sound proofing and more about taming echo and spikes in frequency. There is nothing worse than listening to a voice recording in a bathroom and entry level acoustic tiles can be purchased on Ebay for around $5 each - but you will have to do some extra research to know how to get the most out of these panels.
A lot of our creator clients find this extremely overwhelming and so they decide to enlist the help of a professional who can really bring out the best in your video audio. If you think you might need some professional help, contact us today!