How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #10 – Sound is 50% of Video

Some say the audio is everything. In any case, don’t underestimate its importance! Luckily there are many great options for microphones. For my primary audio, I use a medium-length RØde microphone on top of my camera or a lavalier with a long cord that plugs into the camera. (Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t had much luck with wireless mics working consistently.) I’ve learned the hard way – record a second audio track. I back up the plugged-in mic with a separate audio recorder that records high-quality sound. I am happy with my Zoom recorder. Tascam makes another great product. You need to set the level so the loudest peaks are slightly into the red zone. Check the quality of the sound before the important recording begins. Don’t be shy about getting levels from your subject! Set up your recorder so that it’s as close as you can get to the subject but not visible in the shot. This audio can be uploaded and synched up during editing. For more tips about audio, get my eBook How to Shoot Video Like a Pro: 12 Tips For Using the Camera You Have. Send an email with your request to [email protected]

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