Several people have said my videos are getting better. While this news pleases me, I’m perplexed because they didn’t define “better” so that could mean different things, couldn’t it?
I realize you’re asking me what I’m doing different so you can improve your videos, but I’m not exactly a video expert (by any means) so take what I’m about to share as the novice approach.
Without a doubt, you can control where you sit and what you wear. You can attempt to control the background noise, but it’s not always an easy task depending on where you live or what time of the season it is.
For example, I live in a complex with kiddies running around outside playing. If I hope to control the noise from entering my video, then I must record at a time when they are eating dinner, sleeping, or at school.
Your equipment makes all the difference in the world and after that… the video editing software you’re using to produce the final outcome. Obviously, certain video editing programs are better than others.
So if you can afford better equipment – go for it. If you don’t have enough funds to spring for a new video camera and microphone, I would suggest getting the better microphone first and then acquiring a decent camera later on.
Pick a room that has carpeting on the floor, lots of furniture, and pictures hanging on the wall because all these factors help prevent “echoing” which produces richer sounding audio.
You’ll need natural light (and plenty of it) so you’re video is well lit. You want to have enough natural light flowing into the room to brighten up the video background and prevent dark shadows from forming on your face.
You can reduce the amount of noise that seeps into your audio by careful placement of your camera, table, and microphone. Be seated close enough to all three, but far enough away to ensure you’re not bumping or kicking the table.
I recently started wearing a lapel microphone. I’ve noticed if I move around too often, the microphone rubs against my clothes and produces a momentary whooshing sound. Be careful this doesn’t happen to you!
If you’re getting extra noise seeping in to the video from wearing a microphone, take it off and place it upon the table. I’ve done this recently and found it helps to reduce noise and I’m still close enough to the table for the microphone to pick up my voice.
Take the necessary precautions to help make your videos sound much better. Turn off the fan, heater, radio and/or television. Less noise means better audio.
Don’t sit next to the computer if you have a loud fan. Depending on your microphone, you can pick up the fan noises and it’s hard to remove them from your recording later on.
A sE Electronics Project Studio Reflexion Filter is a favorite among videographers; though I would consider making my own with cardboard and ATS Wedge Foam Acoustic Panels (Charcoal) – 24x24x2 (6pk).
Other things to consider would be not to eat or drink while you’re recording and please don’t chew bubblegum, unless you intend to remove these noises during the video editing process.
I was always taught to chew with my mouth closed so why do people think that it’s a good idea to eat or drink in front of the video camera?
If you’re thirsty, quench it before you hit the record button. Don’t do it while you’re on screen unless you intend to remove the “smacking” noises from your video during the editing process.
If you wear glasses, don’t face a window or sit in front of a lit monitor or television. You’ll get a reflection off your glasses that can ruin the entire recording session. I’ve learned from this mistake, which is why I now turn off the monitor before I start recording!
You can make killer videos if you take precautions before you hit the record button. These simple tips should help you understand how to produce better looking and sounding videos.
I’m not a video expert, but I have learned it’s easier to control the noise from entering your video than it is to remove it once it’s there. By all means, do what works best for you!
Your turn! What other video creation tips can you share? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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