How to record audio for your video with professional quality
It is very important you know how to record an audio for your video with professional quality, because background noise, distorted voices, and the like, give the impression that you are inexperienced, or work with carelessness, as well Distracting your audience from the message you want to pass.
Without a doubt, bad audio causes your content to die, and if people cannot understand the message you are trying to get through, then don’t have doubt that you will have a low engagement, and a very negative experience in a general way.
However, you can prevent this from happening with some tips that NEXT360 team has to offer you, so that you can record your audio with quality, and even improve what you already have to a professional level.
All about Recording Audio for High Quality Videos
There are a few ways to raise the audio of our video to the professional level, and that’s what we’re going to tell you right now.
Most cameras, whether DSLR or Digital, do not have a good built-in microphone because the goal is video capture. That way, for you to produce a professional-quality video, our advice is to capture audio through an external microphone.
Here, we can point out 3 types of microphones that will help you in capturing the audio, each of which is more recommended for a specific situation — Boom Microphones, Lapel Microphones, and the Smartphone (believe us!).
Lapel microphone — This is good for being close to the mouth of the speaker, capturing the sound in a more targeted way, and therefore does not take so much noise from the environment. Thus, it manages to gain much in the quality of the audio, as well as in the clarity, but only in cases that the voice of the actor needs to have prominence. This should be close to the source of the sound, about a span, and should never be covered or hidden.
This microphone only has the disadvantage of being a little intrusive, meaning it should be passed through the inside of the clothing, and then fixed near the mouth of who is talking, besides being visible, which in certain situations is not recommendable.
It is suitable for audio recording in interviews, or auditorium programs, or in situations where you have a greater control of the sounds, and time, in order to fix the equipment.
Boom, Directional microphone, or shotgun — If you have some money to invest, and if you want a more targeted capture, and a higher quality than the camera, then this is the ideal microphone for you. They are suitable for any type of production because it is very malleable and can be used by both the stationary, for someone handling them, depending on your need.
With them, you get good recording quality and direction. It will pick up only the sound coming from the direction they are pointed to, as well as eliminate outside interference (not so good for highlighting the actor’s voice).
Note that these microphones always require either a stand, or some operator to hold it.
Smartphone — Believe it or not, the microphone in your smartphone can be a big help, especially if you’re on a tight budget. The great advantage is to be cheap, but another advantage, which perhaps nobody has ever told you, is that when it is positioned in the right place, it can be used as an excellent microphone. Here, the Galaxy and the Iphone gain points, as they have very good integrated microphones, much better than the microphones already integrated in the camera.
To do this, place your smartphone in a pocket that does not do much interference in the capture and ask someone to direct it to the source of the sound. You can also use an improvised microphone stand. It gives a good result.
Remember that they are omnidirectional, that is, they capture the sound of the whole environment, so it is very important to correctly position it to ensure the quality of your audio.
Regardless of the type of microphone you choose, it needs to be plugged in somewhere to do audio recording, whether it’s the camera, or a recorder, or computer.
How do I position the microphone to record audio?
Lapel Microphone — The best place is to fasten it on the shirt (just below the neck). However, be careful that the microphone is not in a position where it is subject to overlying the shirt. When the person moves, it can generate noise by hitting the fabric.
Directional Microphone — Should be positioned just above the actors, and always directed to the mouth. This is because the tendency of the voice is to rise. Take care that it does not appear in the image, disrupting the quality of your video.
Smartphone — The principle to follow is the same as the directional microphone. Connect your native audio player of your phone, place it in the cradle, and position it below the actor, with the microphone pointing to his mouth.
Top Tips for Professional Audio Recording
1 — Tap a palm before you start recording your audio.
It sounds strange, but it is not! When you record with an external microphone, what happens is that the image and audio are separated, and then, to put together, it can become a nightmare so that the image and audio are perfectly compatible.
When you tap a palm before starting your recording, it will generate a peak in the line of your file, which will make it easier to identify where the part that really matters begins.
2 — Always record a test audio.
It is very important that you record a test audio and listen on the computer before moving on to the final recording. In this way, you already know how the final audio will get, and going in time to make some corrections, such as external interferences, proximity to the actors, echo, among others.
3 — Projection of the voice.
You may have the best microphone in the world, but if you do not know how to project your voice, there is nothing the microphone could do for you. So, keep a firm posture, fill your chest with air, and only then start recording. It’s important that you relax, unwind, grimace, test your voice, stretch, or anything else that makes you uninhibited in front of the cameras.
Which are the best programs to make an audio recording?
If you are recording audio using your computer, or your smartphone, you will need an application or program that captures the audio and saves the files.
Let’s see which programs to record and edit audio for each of these options.
Audacity — This program is free, and has the advantage of capturing and editing your audio, which can be very useful in case you are not familiar with this type of tools. It is simple to use, and has basic but also complex features.
Adobe Audition — In case you already have some familiarity with Adobe programs, whether it is in image or video editing, then you already know that these programs are very complete and with great functionalities. It is great for editing and recording audios, as well as having a simple interface.
Online Voice Recorder — This online recorder may be the right choice if you want to record your audio but do not need great features. This program allows you to record audios in a very simple way, and as it is online, it is not dependent on any equipment.
Tape Machine Lite Recorder (Android) — This application allows you to record audio on your phone with simplicity, quality, and still allows you to make simple edits. Undoubtedly, this is a very complete option for those who are looking for a quick solution when it comes to audio recording and editing.
Voice Record Pro (IOS) — The iPhone factory recorder perfectly matches the needs of those who want to make simple captures. However, if you need more functions and control, another application is required. This application allows you to record in a professional way, has many more sharing options, and still performs basic editing functions. Perfect!
Perfect Recorder (Windows Phone) — This app allows you to record audios in a simple way, and with just one touch. Also, when files are generated with this app, they can be saved as music on your own phone, or you can even transfer them to your One Drive.
Best tips for editing and improving audio
It is very normal for you to forget to take some care, or to realize that your audio did not have the quality that you wanted, but there is always a solution. There are several simple ways to improve your files.
See three simple, easy-to-make editions that make all the difference in your audio, just using Adobe Audition, which is the program NEXT360 uses the most.
Cut an audio
You should select “Multitrack” mode, and then open the files you want to modify. Drag them to the timeline, which is where you will work your file.
Using the markup line, set where to cut the audio. Select the cutting tool and click where you made the markup.
Now, with your audio already separated, you see whether you delete one of the parts, or join one in the middle, or join with another file.
How to increase / decrease the audio volume
In case you realize that the volume of your recording is not what you want, you can increase the volume, or decrease the volume in a very easy way.
If you want to decrease the volume of your audio as a whole, then use the “control circle” (left side). It is with it that you control the decibels very precisely.
You can also control the volume of your audio on your own volume line. Just click on it, drag it up or down, depending on your desire to increase or decrease the volume.
You can also tune the volume of a specific part of your audio by clicking two points on the line, which understand the moment you want to modify, and drag that selection up / down.
How to Remove Audio Noise
If you have noticed that your audio has gotten noisy, you can override it, or at least slow it down. The truth is that there will always be noises, no matter how much the recording environment is silent, because the air creates this noise itself.
So, to eliminate those noises, highlighting what really matters, open Audition and make some adjustments.
- Delimit the area of the audio where you hear the most noises (and which has no voice).
- Pick up the start / end seconds of silence
- Click and drag your mouse
- Right click on it
- Click the “Capture noise print”
- Select the full audio (Ctrl + A)
- “Noise reduction / Restoration” option
- Choose the option “Noise reduction (process)”
- Click “Apply” on the screen that appears
You can repeat the process again if you wish, but do not abuse it because you can get artificial voices in the video.
In fact, to make a perfect recording is necessary several elements, equipment, and some tricks, but if you combine all our tips and techniques, for sure you will keep your message clear and distortion-free.
We at NEXT360 (www.next360.live) are passing on all the tips you need to make a good video, which, as we all know, is very important these days. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be at your disposal.