When you’re creating a video, the way it sounds is just as important as the way it looks. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to improve your sound quality quickly without spending a lot of money on equipment. Take a look at a few of our tips for improving the audio in the video below, and then read on to learn more.
- Cut down on background noise. Choose a room that won’t have echos. Then, make sure all your windows are closed. Let anyone else nearby know that you’re filming, so they won’t make noise that’ll be audible when you play the video back later.
- Put the mic, camera, or phone near subject. The closer your recording device is to your subject, the easier it’ll be to hear. So move in as close as you can, or invest in a microphone that’ll pick up sound from further away.
- Do a soundcheck. Take a couple seconds and find out if you can hear the person on camera — do they need to speak up? Do you need to get closer? Is there background noise you need to remove? Find out before you start recording for real by doing a short test on camera. Play the clip back to see how it sounds, or listen through headphones while you’re recording.
- Invest in a mic. If you plan to do several videos, think about investing in microphone. A lavalier mic can clip onto your speaker’s clothes and a shotgun mic catches more sound than your camera or mobile device would. Either works if you’re ready to take your video creation to the next level.
You can make your audio even easier to hear by choosing an instrumental or a song with light vocals that won’t overpower your sound. Then, test out your song with your audio before you finish to make sure both work together.