When making home movies, it's so easy to record and film those unforgettable moments. But creating a good home video means a balance of video and audio. Audio is vital to producing an interesting and exciting video everyone will love. Recording audio haphazardly can result in a movie that isn't worth watching.
If you have mastered the video recording process, then it's high time to be skilled on the audio side. Planning may simplify everything. Lay down all your interesting shots and choose an audio which is coherent to the movie you are making.
Usually, recording audio comes last on the priorities of videographers but it should be remembered that music will play an important role in creating a good movie. Here are some of the audio tips that can help you create quality audio that is worth listening to:
- Make a plan on how you will record your audio and always test the application before the actual recording. Be sure that the volume levels are at a high input and it is receiving the audio. Set up as early as possible to give you ample time for a dry run.
- Keep a good distance when recording the audio. It is advisable not to have a gap of 2 to 3 feet away from the subject. Never talk while you are recording since your voice could be too loud for the video cameras microphone.
- Use high quality microphones. Built in microphones on the video cameras are usually of low quality. Oftentimes, they can't record sounds well. When shooting use an external microphone like a lapel mic or lavaliere instead. These kinds are unobtrusive and very helpful in producing clear sounds or voices.
- Keep track of the sound recording. If there are available headphones, plug them in your camera. This will allow you to monitor the exact sounds the camera hears, the noises which are distracting or the clearness of the speakers voice. By monitoring the sound, you can immediately change whatever is necessary to make the audio sharp.
- Limit or eliminate the background noises. Noises from the background are so distracting that it can lead to difficult video editing. Turn off refrigerators, fans and other appliances which create humming sounds. Close the windows or doors to shut out traffic noises.
- Turn off any background music. Leaving the music playing while recording will lead to difficult editing since you can't rearrange and cut the clips without hearing jumps in your music. If you want the music to be added in the video, it is advisable to add it to your recording later on.
- Record your chosen background music. Choose the music that is distinctive to the video events you are recording. If the scenes are taken at a beach party, the sounds of the sea and people chatting can add to the mood of the video. This will let the viewers feel and imagine that they are also a part of your video. Try to record the sounds as clear as possible and don't worry too much about the footage of your video. A clear audio can easily be manipulated and moved to different parts of the recorded video.
- Be wary of the wind. Recording your audio outdoors and on windy days will be very hard since this may create a popping or slapping sound on your microphone. You can cut down this effect by simply slipping a fuzzy sock over your microphone or you can just purchase a wind protector.
- Record other things later on. Keep in mind that you can always add other music that you want. If you're recording in a noisy area, wait and record your narration later in a quieter place. You can also add sound effects that you may choose from numerous editing programs.
Audio is an important ingredient to make your home video as entertaining and exciting as possible. If you are really interested in creating your home movies, you should learn to expertly blend in the precise audio in certain scenes. Don't be afraid to experiment on the sounds, after all, there are many experts that can help you when things have gone wrong.