Record high quality video for Better Sound
It has never been easier or more affordable for anyone to create high quality video content. We live in an exciting era of video blogging, producing more content on more topics by more people every day, and with the way blogging developed the word written over the last 15 years, vlogging explodes the video format more widely.
When it comes to vlogging, sound is just as important as the video itself. No matter how good or interesting your subject may be, if it sounds like a joke, people will quickly turn their backs on you. Thankfully, finding the right sound for your vlog is easy with the right gear and a little technical knowledge. Let’s look at some of the basics.
Investing in Good Mic for high quality videos.
Apart from the bat, you will need to get yourself a quality microphone. For the purposes of this article, we will be talking about a compact rig based next to DLSR, a smartphone, or portable cameras like GoPro or DJI Osmo, as these are the most popular weapons for many vloggers. The microphones inside these cameras are not good; even in the most forgiving situations and situations, they will give you the middle ground.
A quality microphone that delivers good audio does not have to be expensive or complicated. Vlogging is all about unity and unrestricted, allowing you to record whenever inspiration strikes, so finding a smart microphone is essential.
A microphone is a way to capture sound from a camera at a distance. Guns are long and cylindrical, hence the name. Adjustable microphones, which means they are designed to pick up sound sources directly in front of them and reject sound from the back and sides. Our VideoMic range is a microphone and is an excellent choice for all types of vloggers.
RØDE VideoMic Pro + is a high quality camera microphone, suitable for vloggers using DSLR style cameras.This ‘distortion area’ will usually be marked in red for your level meter, and you never want to be ‘red’, right?
To be safe, always try to sit in a green area on your level meter, giving yourself plenty of space (“classroom” as it is called) before your levels start to rise, in case your sound source suddenly rises. Your level meter will probably have a yellow spot to tell you that your sound is crawling up to 0db, and it’s okay to hit this when your sound source is loud. If not, store it safely in a cool place. That being said, if your levels are too low, your sound will be too quiet. Around -10db is the best level you can aim for.
There are a few ways to adjust your audio levels while recording. Depending on your setting, you may be able to access multiple level settings, or just one. Most microphones have a switch or boost or decrease the signal with a decibel number set, in case the recording is too loud, or too quiet.
VideoMic Pro, for example, has three position controls that allow you to reduce your level by 10db, set to 0, or upgrade by + 20db. Some wireless microphones, such as our Filmmaker Kit, can control the gain on both the transmitter and receiver.
RØDE VideoMicro on smartphone vlogging rig. Note the level meter on the left side of the screen to monitor audio levels.
If your microphone is out of control, don’t worry. Every camera or recording device has an internal preamp – this is what amplifies the signal taken from your microphone from ‘microphone level’ to ‘line level’, preparing it for further processing and recording – and every camera will have the benefit of gaining this first step. allows you to adjust your levels depending on what the microphone brings. Check your camera’s level meter and make sure it stays out of the red!
Always do a pre-recorded test before taking pictures to make sure your levels are set correctly – talk to your subject (or talk to the camera yourself) about the volume they will be talking to the camera and ask them to speak louder to see when the levels are going up and adjust your levels accordingly. When shooting outdoors, consider wind gusts and other environmental factors that may cause your levels to plummet.
Generally, you want to be very close to your microphone when you speak so that you can get a clear sound – not more than two meters away. Although a microphone mounted on a camera like VideoMic will work best when in ‘Selfie’ mode and close to the camera, if you want to shoot from behind the sound will be farther and less clear. This is where the wireless microphone plays.
Wireless microphones allow you to balance yourself, or your talent, with a lavalier microphone to record pure sound from 50 meters or more. Lavalier microphones are small, smart microphones that are connected to the band’s packet transmitter, and then illuminate the wireless recorded sound to the camera receiver. There are many benefits to using wireless microphones, but for vloggers, the key is to have a microphone close to the subject, even if the camera is far away. Our new Wireless GO also includes a microphone built-in microphone (weighing 31g), which means you don’t have to mess with a pack of lav mic and a belt – a really wireless audio, suitable for gun vloggers!
Wireless GO – really wireless vlogging.
The key to a clean, clear sound recorder when vlogging is close – your microphone should be nice and close to your sound source, whether this means cutting a lav microphone near the mouth of the subject or getting right in and close to the dripping tap you are recording. . As you do this process, pay attention to your audio levels – you do not want to overload your microphone or preamp your camera (more on this below).
Also, consider the position of your microphone. If you are in a noisy place, consider going to a quiet place; if you are shooting in a wind tunnel, consider choosing another location. There’s nothing as frustrating as dragging your photo of the day into your editing software and finding that the sound is unusable due to the jackhammer in the background.
Considering Sound Levels When Recording
Ensuring that your audio levels are set correctly on your microphone and on your camera when recording is very important to ensure that your sound is clean. Noise levels are measured in decibels (dB) and are usually a numerical subtraction rate, with zero being the highest volume. Your audio levels will be represented in the level meters available on your camera or recording device.
It is important not to let your sound level beat 0db; should always be comfortable in the dB removal range. This will ensure that your level ‘does not reach the top’, which will cause your signal to ‘record’, which has led to distortion.
Remember Closing the AGC
There is one last (but most important) point to hear about sound levels. Most cameras come with ‘Automatic Gain Control’ (AGC) which is automatically turned on. This means that the camera will automatically adjust the recording levels when flying. This sounds like a good idea, but in reality, it will ruin your recording. Why? Because before you start talking the camera will raise the level, making the background noise look really loud. Then, when you start to speak, he will immediately reject you, making the first few words that you spoke out loud and distorted compared to the rest of your sentence. Check your camera manual on how to turn off any automatic gain settings, then set yourself a standard level so that the meters are well above the green when checking your levels, and you will always find good sound.
If your vlog puts you out too much, this will put an additional obstacle to your sound: the elements, in particular, the air. Excessive air noise can cause damage to your sound. Thankfully, there are ways to combat air noise and other basic sounds in the form of windshields, intelligent microphone placement, and EQ’ing. See Our Ways to Reduce Air Noise When Recording Articles Out for a full list.
RØDE VideMic GO with its foam windshield
No matter what your vlog is, it is likely that your videos will need some sort of editing in production before you can release them to the world. And one thing you have to look out for is your sound.
As a sixth rule, you will want to do everything you can during the recording to make sure your sound is as loud as you can. There are some things you can’t fix after production – for example, a distorted sound that is recorded too loudly. A better way to look at background production than to ‘fix’ your sound, should be a platform to take your sound to the next level. We have a lot to cover about this topic, so this is something we will cover in depth in a future article, but some of the ways you would like to edit your audio in the post include:
Evaluation (EQ) – EQ’ing is the process of developing or cutting certain frequencies in order to use the quality of a recording tone. In video, this is an effective way to give your audio a more professional quality by increasing the volume of the air, softening by adding a high-quality filter, cutting high waves to reduce conversation intensity, and much more.
Increasing Pressure – Pressure effectively reduces the width of the audio signal by reducing the difference between the soft and very noisy parts of the recording. This is an effective way to give your audio more clarity and clarity, improve silent recording, improve unequal dialogue, and more.
Sound Input – Using the audio gate is an easy way to reduce unwanted noise in the recording, such as traffic noise or a plane flying high. This is achieved by setting a threshold (‘gate’) when anything under it is removed or reduced in volume.
Adding Foley music, sound effects, voiceover, and other secondary sounds – This is self-explanatory, and a great topic for yourself, but if your vlog needs a little more with music, sound effects etc, background production is time to do it.
The high-pass filter is applied to the sound in Premiere Pro (see top left).
If you are looking to enhance your audio game for your vlogs, you need to start with the source: a good microphone. Our list of video microphones and wireless microphones is the industry standard for camera audio. No matter what kind of vlog you do, whatever you need to get out of your sound, there is your microphone. Find out
Download patterns are important to consider here. For vlogging purposes, you will want a microphone with a cardioid, super-cardioid, or hyper-cardioid or recording pattern, as these work well for uplifting sound in the front while rejecting background noise. Most shots will feature a different cardioid pickup pattern. Microphones like the VIdeoMic Pro + have a strong hyper-cardioid capture pattern, which means it will reject sounds from the back and sides. A small microphone like VideoMicro has a cardioid capture pattern, which rejects sounds from the back but will capture sounds in a wide arc in front of the microphone. Different polar patterns will suit different situations, but all RØDE VideoMic will provide much better sound than the built-in camera microphone.
Quick note on cable. Make sure you use the correct cable to connect your microphone to your camera. Different cameras have different input components that may not be compatible with the cable that comes with your microphone. For example, the RØDE VideoMic incorporates a standard 3.5mm TRS minijack output and comes with a 3.5mm TRS cable to 3.5mm TRS cable. However, most smartphones have 3.5 TRRS input (note extra ‘R’), which means you’ll need a TRRS adapter to TRS (like our SC7) to connect a microphone. Check your camera details, and make sure they match the type of cable you are using.