If you’re in search of sound effects, here’s something great coming from the BBC. Their library of more than 16,000 sound effects is now available, and you can download anything you like for free.
I use my phone to grab quick video clips regularly. But it’s not ideal, especially when it comes to audio. Smartphone microphones just aren’t that great. It’s a little ironic, really, given that, being phones, their primary function is to hear people talking and to let other people hear you talk. But when you point a phone camera at somebody and they start talking, usually you just hear them drowned out by background noise.
It appears Sennheiser are working to solve this problem, though, with a new product they’re calling “Memory Mic”. This is a working title as it’s still in development, but it essentially allows you to record audio wirelessly on your subject, and it does it without continuous access to wifi or Bluetooth. NoFilmSchool got to check it out in person at NAB this week and recorded a short video.
We’ve written about building a brand as a photographer or a filmmaker. Branding sure involves many different aspects and requires a lot of effort and skill, but have you ever thought about sound branding? Sonic branding experts Andrew Stafford and Steve Milton discuss this topic for WIRED. They explain the psychology behind many sounds that you’ll instantly recognize. Messenger chat, Skype call, Mac startup sound… What makes them so recognizable and what are they telling us?
Some of you might think this is some magic bullet post processing trick to remove reverb from audio files. But it’s not. No, the only way you’re going to be able to get rid of that echo in your sound is to solve the issue at the source. That means treating the room to eliminate it completely. In this video, DIYCameraGuy, Michael Lohrum shows us some of the ways we can get fix a room so that echoes don’t happen.
No matter how good the equipment we use to record audio, there’s always some room for improvement. Of course, we have to record it properly, eliminate background noise, echo, ground hum and pre-amp hiss, but there’s more to it than that. High-end voiceovers just have a feel about them that isn’t just a plain old voice recording. They have a warmth and richness to them.
Getting that feel isn’t so difficult. Your mileage will vary depending on the source material (your natural voice), but it’s just a few simple steps in Adobe Audition. In this video, Nathaniel Dodson from Tutvid walks us through the whole process.
For those of you who aren’t planning to ditch YouTube and will keep making videos, you know sound is important. People will forgive a slightly dodgy video if the audio’s perfect. But if the audio isn’t great, then it doesn’t matter how pretty the picture is.
Getting good audio can be a struggle, although it’s really not that difficult. As with lighting, you just need to understand the principles. Once you do, you can even get good quality audio with your phone. In this video, Darious Britt offers up a whole bunch of tips and techniques for recording audio and the principles for getting good sound.
With more and more people shooting video and creating content for YouTube, microphones are more ubiquitous than they used to be. But when you want to go for one that’s a little more serious, they come with all kinds of tech data. The question most of us want to know the answer to, though, is simply “How good does it sound?”
But the answer is a little more complicated than we might think. Each of those specs means something, and it’ll affect the sound in a certain way. And which is “best” depends on what you’re trying to record. This video from Podcastage looks through 10 of the most important microphone specs and breaks down their meaning in simple terms.
It’s often said that the camera is the least important aspect of shooting video. That people will watch a low quality noisy video without any problem, as long as the sound is flawless. But sound isn’t just about getting a clean quality recording. You do want to get clean audio from your talent. That’s an obvious one. But sound can enhance your story even more than the visuals.
This video from The Royal Ocean Film Society looks at how sound is used in film for storytelling effect. Like camera movements, or shot transitions, story-enhancing sound is often so perfect, you barely even notice it’s there. Sometimes, it’s obvious and in your face. And occasionally, sound isn’t there at all. Either way, playing with sound can produce very dramatic and telling results.
Although most of us are photo and video lovers, you have to admit – there’s no good video without good audio. You can watch a video with poor video quality, you’ll get through it. But it’s quite difficult and annoying to watch one with bad sound, with lots of muffling and crackling.
Audio plays a huge role in telling the story and rounding up the video work. So, Peter McKinnon tells you more about it. Here are some ideas how to incorporate good music and sound effects into your videos, how and where to get them and how to use them to make your videos amazing.
Whether you’re editing for a cinematic short, a promotional video, interview or even a vlog, good audio is vital. Or at least, consistent audio. One of the things many people forget with recording sound, though, is ambient noise. No matter where you are, there’s always something going on in the background. It might be birds chirping, cars in the distance, or the hum of an air conditioning unit.
Our brains typically tune out this “noise” and ignore it. But when it’s absent, we do pick up on it and it’s very noticeable. When editing video, separating out clips or switching to b-roll, these audio gaps can start to pop up here and there. This video from Ray Ortega at The Podcasters’ Studio shows us how to overcome this problem by recording our environment.