Cap­tur­ing au­dio

A good sound­track can trans­form your fin­ished video

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Sound is worlds apart from the silent im­agery we pho­tog­ra­phers are used to, but your video needs it, oth­er­wise your care­fully-crafted footage will play as one long em­bar­rassed

si­lence. The sound you’ll get if you sim­ply record it via the cam­era’s mic, how­ever, is of ter­ri­ble qual­ity. That’s not Nikon’s fault – good au­dio needs a good (and usu­ally large) mi­cro­phone, and there’s no room for one in a D-SLR.

At a pinch, you can get away with record­ing am­bi­ent sound us­ing the cam­era’s mi­cro­phone, as long as you don’t play it at full vol­ume. To record good-qual­ity sound for your videos, how­ever, you will need at least one good mi­cro­phone, and a por­ta­ble sound recorder. To­gether they are quite ex­pen­sive – you can ex­pect to pay around £500/$600 for both bun­dled to­gether.

If you’re on a bud­get and re­ally can’t stretch to a sound recorder and good mi­cro­phone, one al­ter­na­tive op­tion is to add a sep­a­rate sound­track, which gen­er­ally means ei­ther a voice-over or mu­sic. The voice-over would usu­ally be a com­men­tary; ei­ther yours or some­one fea­tured in your video. The least ex­pen­sive way to do this is with a lapel mi­cro­phone, or Lava­lier, which start from as lit­tle as £12/$15. Find a room that is quiet and small (with­out echoes) to record the com­men­tary. Mu­sic can be even eas­ier still, but you may need to pay for its use (if you plan to show your video to any­one other than friends and fam­ily) or find a web­site of­fer­ing free mu­sic. In the lat­ter case, the mu­sic is of­ten pro­duced by young mu­si­cians want­ing ex­po­sure for their work, so it’s po­lite to credit them at the end of your video.

‘Self to cam­era’ is of­ten more in­ter­est­ing than a voice-over recorded later. A Lava­lier mic with lead con­cealed un­der cloth­ing is ef­fec­tive for a voice record­ing

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