No matter how visually stunning your video looks, if the audio quality is poor, it can be a major distraction to your students. Whether it’s hard to hear or just makes the video feel “cheap”, the end result is not good. This is especially true for the types of tutorial or class videos that do best on the Yondo platform and that your library will consist of.
That’s why good quality audio is so important when recording tutorials, how-to videos, and online classes. Here are some quick and easy audio tricks that will boost your quality without breaking the bank:
Choosing the Right Room for Recording
The space around you has a big impact on the quality of the audio you record. Quiet is important, but so too is good insulation and acoustics. Here are some things to avoid when choosing a recording space:
• Hardwood Floors
• Concrete Walls or Floors
• Lots of Windows
• Metal Doors or Large Closets
Anything that affects the acoustics of a room will inevitably have an impact on your sound quality. That’s why you should look for rooms with four walls, medium sized (a bedroom or office is good), with carpeted floors and a wooden door. Also, make sure the room is not completely empty. You know that echoing sound you get in a new house before your furniture is moved in? That’s not what you want in your videos.
Dampening Sound and Trapping Acoustics
Another cheap and easy trick to improve sound quality is to prepare your room and your recording equipment to capture sound as cleanly as possible. How you do this will depend on if you are recording sound while talking on camera or recording it separately. The sound quality can be much higher if you record it separately, but for talking head videos and tutorials this won’t work.
Even so, you can make some adjustments to help in these situations, including:
• Place Curtains Over Windows
• Throw a Rug or Towel Down
• Block Sound Under the Doors
• Box in Your Recording Area
These simple changes will capture sound and keep outside sound from getting in or echoing into the space in which you are recording.
Choosing the Right Microphone
When it comes to recording audio, expensive gear doesn't necessarily give you the best quality.Click To Tweet To start, some very expensive microphones are not compatible with the equipment you already have. High end microphones, for example, have XLR output which doesn’t work with a computer without expensive upgrades like sound boards.
So you’ll want a microphone that will either work via USB (Yeti makes decent quality microphones often used for podcasting) or something that you can plug into your HDSLR camera.
As for software, if you are recording audio separately from your video input, use something free like Audacity – it is powerful and there are thousands of good tutorials online for using it. For video and audio editing, you will want something more comprehensive from Adobe or Sony and the cost will be higher, but with subscription plans available on a monthly basis, you can keep cost down if you only plan on recording one batch of videos.
Using Your Phone for Sound Capture
If you are using your mobile phone or tablet to record video, then you’ll need to make a few adjustments to capture good sound as well. The video quality on modern mobile devices is actually quite high, but because of the distance between a subject and the camera, the audio can degrade fast. Here are some tips to resolve this problem.
• Reduce Distortion – Use scotch tape or light fabric over the microphone holes on your phone to block too much sound from going in. This will reduce distortion from up close recording.
• Switch to Airplane Mode – Make sure nothing can cut in while you are recording. Turn on airplane mode to ensure no outside distractions will come in.
• Buy a Mount – There are cheap $2 mounts for both tripods and booms that you can attach a phone too, allowing you to get your microphone much closer to the source without it being in the shot. This will improve sound quality as well.
Sound quality from a phone or tablet will never be perfect so consider a secondary device like a clip on microphone or even a separately audio input to ensure higher quality sound.
However you decide to create the audio for your tutorial videos, spend the extra time to make it sound professional and distinct. This will capture more attention in your video library and allow you to sell your videos more effectively, especially if you are distributing them to free sites driving back to your Yondo store.