Because of the low cost and accessibility of quality video recording devices, sound quality has taken something of a hit. Especially if you’re creating video on demand, prioritizing quality audio is key. There are plenty of professional videos out there that are recorded on smart phones or tablets – and they look great. But the distance and the relative low quality of the phone’s microphone mean that audio suffers.
To avoid this problem and to ensure your video sounds as good as it looks, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
External Audio Recording
If you are using a HDSLR camera or mobile device to record video, there is an upper limit on the sound quality these devices can capture. One option to combat this problem is to record your audio separately.
External recording devices such as the Tascam DR40 or the Zoom H4n are good options that don’t cost a fortune and can be synced back with your video footage on a computer. You can also get a RODE iXY microphone that plugs into an iPad or iPhone to work with any number of outdoor recording apps. This will create a separate audio feed but the quality will be much higher.
Purchasing a Standalone Microphone
Instead of a separate device, you can purchase a standalone microphone that will capture sound in conjunction with your video. There are two types to choose from – a condenser microphone which requires an external power source and is better suited for a studio where you can control all of the variables, and a dynamic microphone that works through electromagnetic induction and doesn’t necessarily need an external power source.
There is no right or wrong choice here – it's about circumstances. Click To TweetIf you are inside and can control the studio environment (in your office for example), then the former will be good but if you are outside or interviewing people, you may need a dynamic setup.
Buy a Converter and a High Quality Microphone
Another way to tackle this problem is to buy a converter for your microphone so you can plug the XLR connection into a mini-jack on a mobile device or camera. This will allow you to use a dynamic or condenser microphone without worrying about compatibility. You can also use a wireless microphone which will be compatible with most of these setups, but keep in mind that cost increases substantially if you opt for a wireless setup.
Ensuring the Best Quality for Your Video
A lot of how you approach the audio of your video will depend on your budget. Good sound setup can be pricey at the high end, but there are diminishing returns on your investment if you only need a decent, professional quality presentation for your tutorials. The background noise and the detail of the sound will also determine how detailed it needs to be.
When reviewing how best to approach the audio for your video, keep these factors in mind and don’t overinvest. If done properly, your audio will match your video in quality without breaking the bank.