If you've ever recorded video at a friends wedding, your children's sports games, and many things in between but have always felt that the audio quality wasn't up to scratch, then this is the place for you!
Maybe you wish you'd been able to hear the words spoken by the special couple at their engagement party, or want to produce voice over audio for your 'how-to' videos, or you are actually venturing in to video production as a career, but don't know what is up or down when it comes to sound and audio?
Through this course, I'll be teaching you the concepts & processes when it comes to 'upping your audio game'. Learn the do's and don'ts with a simple 2 hour course with myself in easy to digest practical videos (I 'show' rather than 'tell' wherever possible). We'll go through the concepts of what actually makes up a good sounding video, and then put all of these into context around the various microphone types that you can get. Learn how to place your mic, record clean sound and ultimately produce great sounding videos; For all video types!
This course will be continuously updated and refined, to ensure that even as your knowledge and experience of capturing great audio grows, you'll be aware of new techniques and tricks of the trade to always be improving your craft. Thanks for coming along, and I hope you enjoy! - Nick
If you only take one thing from this course, make it this! Knowing the principles of recording better audio means that in any environment, with any kind of audio equipment, you have the skills to capture the best audio possible.
So how do you record great audio for video? With an external microphone! Thats the first piece of the puzzle anyway, and this is why.
Knowing what the right microphone choice is for the job starts with knowing how different microphones work.
With so many microphones to pick from, which is the most suitable? Well of course that depends on the situation, but I use three main mic types, so lets go through that now.
Knowing the three main mics that i use, the next question you may be thinking of is 'why'? Lets have a listen and found out the range of sounds we can get with these microphones.
It's time make sure you are comfortable with the concepts discussed so far. Don't worry, these won't be too difficult, but so so important in getting that great audio down pat.
You're going to have to spend money on equipment, but just how much do you spend and where do you spend it? This first video looks at the sub $500 range of equipment.
You're going to have to spend money on equipment, but just how much do you spend and where do you spend it? This second video looks at the sub $1000 range of equipment.
You're going to have to spend money on equipment, but just how much do you spend and where do you spend it? This first third looks at the sub $2000 range of equipment.
So how can you use the microphone types that we've gone through, and which videos do they suit best? Lets find out!
Where do you place your lavaliere mic? Wireless or wired, the process is exactly the same as outlined in this video.
You don't always want your microphone to be seen. You may be filming narrative work, or you simply want the best audio possible without it being obvious in how you've gotten that great sound.
Cardioid microphones are less-sensitive than other microphone types. They are perfect for voice over, but too far and you'll introduce too much noise, too close and your audience will feel that they are inside your mouth. Awkward. So lets learn about the best placement.
Shotgun microphones AKA boom mics AKA hyper-cardioid mics are a great tool in the toolbox. I love the sound of them, and don't get to use them enough in my opinion! But when it comes to placement, there are some really important considerations.
Where you record & film will have as important an impact into the sound of your audio as the microphone that you are using. Know about the considerations you need when moving from environment to environment.
So where does your microphone go? Well you can record directly to your camera, keeping your audio conveniently synchronised to your video, but since you are making the effort of recording with an external microphone, why not use a device designed to record the best quality audio possible. Thats achievable with a dedicated audio device such as an external recorder.
Now that you've got all of your gear setup, what do you need to do before you hit record? Knowing the levels at which you should be recording your dialogue will ensure that you get the best sound for when you edit said audio.
You're sooooooo close to finishing! You've setup the best mic for the job, recorded some sweet sounds, and now its time to ensure that when you attach your audio to your video, it's still as good as it can sound! Let's go and edit your audio.
Well done! You've now got the insights, concepts, and workflow that I use to record audio for EVERY video that i create. Go out and play, continue to learn and grow, but make sure to ask any questions you have here so that i continue to improve the course over time!
Thanks for dropping by, I'm a video guy by nature, and a video nerd by nurture. I go to sleep dreaming up huge pieces of visual story awesomeness and wake up trying to change the way people tell their stories on screen.
Over the last five years as a working video professional I have created corporate business promos, educational content, event videos, narrative films & music videos. My business has been built as a 'one man band' and I have experience & knowledge in all areas of video production. From story creation, to filming, to editing, to motion graphics, I own all steps of a video's creation journey. My clients have ranged from one of the top 5 Banks in Australia, to smaller sole practitioners (one is even a yoga instructor!).
My interest in teaching kicked off last year when I was asked to deliver workshops and seminars on the power of videos, and the how-to for video production. These received great feedback and interest, and now I'm here to share my knowledge and experience with YOU!
I LOVE to share the things I learn. I'm self-taught, and don't subscribe to the traditional approach to video production and filmmaking where you are one piece of a very big puzzle. Got something in mind? Then you can absolutely do it whether you have a Masters Of Film or have just picked up your smartphone to film something on the weekends and this is where I'll help you achieve that vision!