Understanding Why Sound is Important in Videography

In videography, sound is one element that is often taken for granted, if not ignored altogether. With today’s video technology always incorporating sound technology like the built-in microphones found in many electronic video capturing devices, it is easy to understand why it is so. However, sound is a very important factor that can make or break the video as a whole. Even if the video is shot in high definition, if the sound quality is bad, your audience will not continue watching your video.

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For a videographer or even for someone who likes to casually shoot short videos from time to time, there will be instances that the integrated sound technology of your device, whether it is a DSLR, camcorder, or mobile phone, would be lacking in providing the high quality sound that is desired for videos. Such sound technology can only do so much as it is prone to interference or perhaps the sound quality would not be on par as what you would like to have for your video.

Equipment

In such cases, external technology, especially technology that is specifically dedicated to sound, connected to the video-capturing device is highly desired to better do the job. Such technology provides greater, clearer, and more defined sound quality that could minimize unnecessary elements that would otherwise ruin the sound quality.

Such technology mainly comes in the form of external microphones that are attached to the external mic jack or some other input port for the device to capture the sound the microphone captures. Depending on the need and situation, there are different types of microphones available that you use.

One of them is the lapel or lavalier mic which is the same type of microphone being used by news anchors. It has the advantage of having a small size and can be used discreetly.

Another type of external microphone is the boom microphone which captures the sound of its surroundings on a wider scale, thus providing a more defined sound of the environment. It is also prone to elements like winds that could cause interference to the sound. To minimize this issues, such microphones are placed with equipment called mufflers which sought to lessen interference from the elements.

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The other type of microphone is the handheld microphone, which is somewhat the same one as TV reporters would use. But this microphone is also the most rarely used type, unless you are looking to do a news report type of video.

In the end, each microphone serves a different need and there is no best option among the three.  The choice is up to the end user as to which would serve his needs best. Nevertheless, each technology perform better than built-in microphones on devices and it is important to significantly invest on them.

Positioning

While it is dependent on what type of microphone you will be using, the position of the microphone is nevertheless important. Whether you or a subject will be doing the talking, it is important that the microphone is placed nearby to capture the voice clearly. In some cases, the position of the microphone may not be able to capture the sound well. Thus, there may be a need to connect the mic to the boom pole and hover it over the subject without having the microphone be seen in the shot.

Testing Audio Quality

As we have determined how important sound is in the video, it is important that before video production, there would be tests made to check the sound and the overall audio quality, finding out if there are possible issues that need to be corrected before actual production to ensure that the video will have a good audio quality to it. Even during video production, it is a must to check the audio quality from time to time to make sure that it is not too loud or too soft and any unforeseen audio issues would be immediate addressed.

Sound plays an important part of your video than we normally thought. And if we aim to produce quality video content, extra time, effort, and resources are needed to be allotted than we normally do to ensure that the output being produced is of the best quality possible.

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