ActiveRain Tutorials: Creating Better Videos- Audio

Creating Better Videos- Audio

This is part three in my series on creating better videos. In our first segment we covered indoor shots and how to keep the light balanced. Then, we discussed why using a tripod is crucial to the quality of your video. For today's segment, we are going to discuss audio.

Good videos are made up of two main components. The images on the screen and the sound that accompanies it. If one of these parts is lacking or missing, the quality of your video goes down. While you may think you need to spend several hundreds of dollars on a good microphone setup, you will be surprised what you can get for under $40.

Before I show an example, let's first discuss the different types of microphones that exist. There are three main types that you may want to use:

  1. Shotgun Microphones- These microphones are highly directional and pick mainly the audio that is just in front of them. It is used many times on movie sets with a boom stand that hangs it overhead those speaking. They can get a little more expensive, but can be effective in situations where you cannot have a microphone 6 inches from your subject. They can pick up sounds usually within 10 feet. Unfortunately though, if you are trying to interview someone in a noisy room, it can be difficult to distinguish their voice and the noise of others speaking in the room.
  2. Handheld Microphones- Handheld microphones are like those used by news reporters. They can be wired or wireless. They provide a good sound of those close to the microphone. If you want the ambient noise of others in the room, this may not be the best option. Also, if the person using the microphone has weak arms and the microphone moves away, you may lose some of what they are speaking.
  3. Lapel Microphones- Lapel microphones provide very good quality audio that will remain consistent as you clip it onto the persons shirt or jacket. These microphones pick up only the person wearing it so if you are trying to interview someone else, this is not the option for you. Unless of course you use an audio mixer and two of them. In the example below, I use a simple $25 Audio Technica ATR 3350 wired version. (aff link)

Here's a demo:

As you can see, adding just a simple $25 microphone changes the quality of your video immensely. No longer do you hear the wind blowing and my voice faintly. Instead my voice now is coming through crystal clear. So, if your camera allows for the use of an external microphone, then put the additional investment into your videos and see the major difference. If your camera doesn't have the option for an external microphone, have no fear! I will have a guest post coming soon that will show you how you can accomplish the same type of audio quality.

To learn more on how to create better videos, check out this presentation that I have shared as a social media speaker on Video Basics.

photo credit: Mike Mueller

Originally Posted at: 210 Consulting- Social Media Advisors

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Comment balloon 15 commentsJeremy Blanton • November 08 2011 06:39PM


You are da man Jeremy! Another how to video that I learned something new from. That is usually the case anyway :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 8 years ago

Wow! Lots of great advice. Especially the microphone. Didn't think it would make the big of a difference until we showed us. Glad to know that it can be an inexpensive one too.  Looking forward to your next post on how to do videos the "best" way.  Thank You!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 8 years ago

Thanks Jackie!

Isn't there a huge difference Bobbie?

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 8 years ago

Jeremy again on point. I am awaiting a new video camera. This is one of my questions the Audio. Can you walk in front of the camera or will the wire not allow. Any suggetions...

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Most definitely Frank!  It has about 15-20 ft of cable.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Jeremy I will order that one now. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 8 years ago

thanks, Jeremy,

I bookmark your post for the future! Very helpful tips.

thanks again, for sharing.

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Thanks !  I have been looking for recommendation for a lapel mic.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) almost 8 years ago

What a difference a $20 microphone can make......thanks for sharing JB.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 8 years ago

Hi Jeremy - Some video cameras also have settings that can change the manner in which the built-in microphone can pickup sound.

Posted by FN LN almost 8 years ago

Hi Jeremy--love your posts and your videos.  You get the point across "clearly" in this video about the benefits of using a mike.  Most of what my husband records is like the first half of your video--and now I know why. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Bookmarked, I gotta get over here more often Jeremy, you have some awesome posts!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Tom :)

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 8 years ago

Hi Jeremy, I've also read that another option is a separate portable audio recorder, and then replace the sound track from the camera with the track from the recorder (synching the audio with the video, of course).  I have not tried that and am curious to know your experience with the method.  Thanks!  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 7 years ago

Alexander-  I actually have a post on that :)

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 7 years ago