Rock-Star Tipsto ImproveAudio forVideos & PodcastsBy Andrea Kalli
Youve decided to makea commitment toincorporate rich mediainto your marketingplan and your products.
Right now.
No more waiting.
Youre taking thebull by the horns.
Website and blog visitorslove these presentationformats because theycan obtain informationquickly instead ofwading through...
Because they are moreengaging than text,podcasts, audios, and videosalso help visitors retainmore of the informationyou pr...
In order to keepthem listening andwatching, though,you have to makesure that yourpresentationscontain qualityaudio sound.
Your audience members do notexpect the same professionalaudio quality that they wouldexpect from high-budgetmovie and tele...
however, if your voicecannot be heard clearly oryour presentations areladen with backgroundnoise, viewers and listenerswil...
The same is truefor your audio andvideo products thatyou sell.
Theres a higher level ofexpectation from someonewho just handed over theirhard earned cash to buyyour media product.
If you take alittle extra time andeffort to ensure asuperior recording,everybody wins.
The time to thinkabout your audiorecording quality isbefore recording, not inpost-production editing.
Plan andPrepare first,THEN Record.
These five tips canhelp you improve audioto keep your audiencemembers payingattention:
Tip #1
Avoid depending on yourvideo camera or webcamsmicrophone for audio.
These devices are acceptablefor video chats; however, theycannot produce the level of audioquality that your audio members...
Instead, use a qualityexternal microphonewhen presentingcontent.
There are several options whenit comes to choosing amicrophone. You can purchase asimple desktop microphone forabout $20 a...
This type of microphoneis appropriate if you plan to sitat your desk while recording yourvideo or podcast.
A lapel microphone mightbe a better choice,particularly if you wantto produce videopresentations.
These models clip to yourshirt or jacket andare barely visible.
If you are on a budget, youcan pick up a corded lapelmicrophone for about $30as long as you do not plan tomove around duri...
If you will be moving aroundor writing on a whiteboard,though, you might opt for acordless version, which typicallycosts $...
Tip #2
Hang acoustic foam fromwalls that will not be visiblein the finished video.
This is particularlyimportant if you arerecording in a small roomsuch as a home office.
Acoustic foam canreduce or eliminate noise fromnearby rooms, and can alsosignificantly reduce echoes that canbleed into yo...
There are severalavailable styles,including pyramid,wedge, and grid foam.
Also, acoustic foam isavailable in 1-inch, 2-inch,and 3-inch thicknesses.
As you might expect, thickerfoam offers more effectivesound control thanthinner foam.
Wedge and grid foamstyles are typically moreexpensive than pyramidstyles.
You can purchase 1-inchpyramid foam squares forless than $1 per square foot.
Budget tip: While someaudio pros might balk atthe idea, you might wantto try other budget-friendly options.
Ive read that some people useegg crate bed pads, carpetpadding, or really thickblankets to some success.
Many moons ago I rememberreading that a popular podcasterwould record his podcast audiositting in his closet and coveredwi...
Tip #3
If you are recording in a homeoffice, turn off your homesheating and cooling system justbefore you begin recording yourvid...
Noise from air vents canshow up in your audio andcan be very difficult toremove with editingsoftware.
At the very least, cover vents inyour recording room with a heavyblanket during recording sessions todecrease the level of...
And dont forget about thelittle fan you might haveblowing on you or itll soundlike a freight train whenyou play it back ...
Tip #4
Run an audio test before youstart recording yourpresentation.
Record about 30 to 60 seconds ofaudio while reading a portion ofyour presentation script.
Play back the recording andlisten for any backgroundnoise, echoes, or otherdistractions that mightreduce the qualityof you...
This can save you timelater because you can identifyand fix audio problems earlyinstead of discovering them afteryou have ...
Keep in mind that, whileaudio editing software canreduce some types of noise,such as echoes and ambientnoise, you shouldnt...
Applying noise filters afterrecording will not likely makeyour audio crystal clear, &at times, make it worse.
It can also reduce the volumeof your voice, which can makeit difficult for viewers andlisteners to hear you.
Tip #5
This one is for folks thatare using a headset with abuilt-in mic. The mic sitsvery close to your face.
Position the mic to just infront of the tip of your nose.
This keeps it out ofyour own blast one(aka, the wind comingout of your nose andout of your mouth).
It might seem a little high toyou, but if youve ever listened to arecording where you can hear theperson breathing like t...
Its distracting to thelistener, but completelyavoidable by adjusting theposition of your mic.
Ive also seen peopleaccomplish thissuccessfully by placing themic closer to thechin area.
ust do a wind checkbefore recording anything.Put your hand where you planto put your mic, andthen blow.
If you feel the wind,adjust. Then do a testrecording to make sureyour voice is being pickedup enough. If not,adjust again.
Taking the time to improvethe quality of your audio willresult in professional videosand podcasts that will keepyour audie...
Find out moreabout my media editingservices. Let us join you onthis new adventure!You Record Well oThe RestAndrea Kalli...
5 Rock-Star Tips to Improve Audio for Videos and Podcasts - by Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant
5 Rock-Star Tips to Improve Audio for Videos and Podcasts - by Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant
5 Rock-Star Tips to Improve Audio for Videos and Podcasts - by Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant
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5 Rock-Star Tips to Improve Audio for Videos and Podcasts - by Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant

  1. 1. Rock-Star Tipsto ImproveAudio forVideos & PodcastsBy Andrea Kalli
  2. 2. Youve decided to makea commitment toincorporate rich mediainto your marketingplan and your products.
  3. 3. Right now.
  4. 4. No more waiting.
  5. 5. Youre taking thebull by the horns.
  6. 6. Website and blog visitorslove these presentationformats because theycan obtain informationquickly instead ofwading through lengthytext-based postsand articles.
  7. 7. Because they are moreengaging than text,podcasts, audios, and videosalso help visitors retainmore of the informationyou present.
  8. 8. In order to keepthem listening andwatching, though,you have to makesure that yourpresentationscontain qualityaudio sound.
  9. 9. Your audience members do notexpect the same professionalaudio quality that they wouldexpect from high-budgetmovie and televisionproductions;
  10. 10. however, if your voicecannot be heard clearly oryour presentations areladen with backgroundnoise, viewers and listenerswill quickly look elsewherefor the content they want.
  11. 11. The same is truefor your audio andvideo products thatyou sell.
  12. 12. Theres a higher level ofexpectation from someonewho just handed over theirhard earned cash to buyyour media product.
  13. 13. If you take alittle extra time andeffort to ensure asuperior recording,everybody wins.
  14. 14. The time to thinkabout your audiorecording quality isbefore recording, not inpost-production editing.
  15. 15. Plan andPrepare first,THEN Record.
  16. 16. These five tips canhelp you improve audioto keep your audiencemembers payingattention:
  17. 17. Tip #1
  18. 18. Avoid depending on yourvideo camera or webcamsmicrophone for audio.
  19. 19. These devices are acceptablefor video chats; however, theycannot produce the level of audioquality that your audio membersexpect from a professionalpodcast or video.
  20. 20. Instead, use a qualityexternal microphonewhen presentingcontent.
  21. 21. There are several options whenit comes to choosing amicrophone. You can purchase asimple desktop microphone forabout $20 at anelectronics store.
  22. 22. This type of microphoneis appropriate if you plan to sitat your desk while recording yourvideo or podcast.
  23. 23. A lapel microphone mightbe a better choice,particularly if you wantto produce videopresentations.
  24. 24. These models clip to yourshirt or jacket andare barely visible.
  25. 25. If you are on a budget, youcan pick up a corded lapelmicrophone for about $30as long as you do not plan tomove around during thepresentation.
  26. 26. If you will be moving aroundor writing on a whiteboard,though, you might opt for acordless version, which typicallycosts $200 or more.
  27. 27. Tip #2
  28. 28. Hang acoustic foam fromwalls that will not be visiblein the finished video.
  29. 29. This is particularlyimportant if you arerecording in a small roomsuch as a home office.
  30. 30. Acoustic foam canreduce or eliminate noise fromnearby rooms, and can alsosignificantly reduce echoes that canbleed into your video orpodcast audio.
  31. 31. There are severalavailable styles,including pyramid,wedge, and grid foam.
  32. 32. Also, acoustic foam isavailable in 1-inch, 2-inch,and 3-inch thicknesses.
  33. 33. As you might expect, thickerfoam offers more effectivesound control thanthinner foam.
  34. 34. Wedge and grid foamstyles are typically moreexpensive than pyramidstyles.
  35. 35. You can purchase 1-inchpyramid foam squares forless than $1 per square foot.
  36. 36. Budget tip: While someaudio pros might balk atthe idea, you might wantto try other budget-friendly options.
  37. 37. Ive read that some people useegg crate bed pads, carpetpadding, or really thickblankets to some success.
  38. 38. Many moons ago I rememberreading that a popular podcasterwould record his podcast audiositting in his closet and coveredwith a blanket.
  39. 39. Tip #3
  40. 40. If you are recording in a homeoffice, turn off your homesheating and cooling system justbefore you begin recording yourvideo or podcast.
  41. 41. Noise from air vents canshow up in your audio andcan be very difficult toremove with editingsoftware.
  42. 42. At the very least, cover vents inyour recording room with a heavyblanket during recording sessions todecrease the level of noise produced byyour furnace or air conditioner.
  43. 43. And dont forget about thelittle fan you might haveblowing on you or itll soundlike a freight train whenyou play it back for review.
  44. 44. Tip #4
  45. 45. Run an audio test before youstart recording yourpresentation.
  46. 46. Record about 30 to 60 seconds ofaudio while reading a portion ofyour presentation script.
  47. 47. Play back the recording andlisten for any backgroundnoise, echoes, or otherdistractions that mightreduce the qualityof your audio.
  48. 48. This can save you timelater because you can identifyand fix audio problems earlyinstead of discovering them afteryou have recorded your entirepodcast or video.
  49. 49. Keep in mind that, whileaudio editing software canreduce some types of noise,such as echoes and ambientnoise, you shouldnt rely onsoftware exclusively.
  50. 50. Applying noise filters afterrecording will not likely makeyour audio crystal clear, &at times, make it worse.
  51. 51. It can also reduce the volumeof your voice, which can makeit difficult for viewers andlisteners to hear you.
  52. 52. Tip #5
  53. 53. This one is for folks thatare using a headset with abuilt-in mic. The mic sitsvery close to your face.
  54. 54. Position the mic to just infront of the tip of your nose.
  55. 55. This keeps it out ofyour own blast one(aka, the wind comingout of your nose andout of your mouth).
  56. 56. It might seem a little high toyou, but if youve ever listened to arecording where you can hear theperson breathing like theyve justrun a marathon, youll knowexactly what Im talking about.
  57. 57. Its distracting to thelistener, but completelyavoidable by adjusting theposition of your mic.
  58. 58. Ive also seen peopleaccomplish thissuccessfully by placing themic closer to thechin area.
  59. 59. ust do a wind checkbefore recording anything.Put your hand where you planto put your mic, andthen blow.
  60. 60. If you feel the wind,adjust. Then do a testrecording to make sureyour voice is being pickedup enough. If not,adjust again.
  61. 61. Taking the time to improvethe quality of your audio willresult in professional videosand podcasts that will keepyour audience memberscoming back for more.
  62. 62. Find out moreabout my media editingservices. Let us join you onthis new adventure!You Record Well oThe RestAndrea Kalliwww.virtualassist.net

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