One thing that I cannot stand when watching videos is poor quality sound.
The visuals may be absolutely stunning but the sound has been recorded on the onboard camera mic. Holiday video anyone? Amateurs and Professionals alike spent thousands on beautiful lenses, the latest cameras yet neglect the sound. Why not budget for a good quality microphone and relevant accessories?
The first ever commissioned job we did was a set of DVD’s for some magicians. We had to hold off the video shoot until our first set of radio mic’s turned up. We would not start shooting it until we had proper provision for sound. We shot it and completed it on time. My point being, we had both HD cameras and a good quality set of radio mics.
We use Sennheiser G3 radio mics, both the tie/lapel mics and handheld as well as Sennheiser shot gun mics where necessary. These are industry standard microphones used by professionals worldwide. In 7 years of video and film work, we’ve never had any audio failures from this equipment. When using standard cameras, audio is fed straight in and monitored via headphones.
When we use our DSLR’s to film, we use a separate audio recording device. This is for a number of reasons and we will explain the benefits of a such a device soon!
The bottom line to all of this – good quality sound is very IMPORTANT. In some respects sound is more important than the visuals. If you have a mediocre looking video but decent sound, you kind of put up with it as its ‘watchable’. If its terrible video with terrible sound, then its pretty much game over.
So if you’re investing in a beautiful lens, make sure you’ve got a beautiful microphone to compliment it!
More next time!